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Student Basic Needs

The Student Basic Needs department fosters a culture of holistic well-being by helping to eliminate life barriers, such as food, housing, and economic injustice, that may jeopardize student academic and personal success. 


Asian Pacific Alumni Association (APAA) awards USC undergraduate and graduate students scholarships based on exceptional academic merit and those who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the APIDA community. Check out their website for the application and details on their application deadline. 

Career Development

The USC Career Center provides services to all members of the Trojan Family and welcomes all of the different cultures, identities, talents, and interests represented in our community. Explore how employers and organizations value attracting diverse students in order to build an inclusive culture with diverse perspectives. Explore the information to learn more about on- and off-campus resources, student and alumni organizations, diversity events, and funding opportunities.

First-Generation College Students

The First Generation Plus Success Center aims to create a culture of belonging and inclusion that will facilitate the transition of first-generation USC students into college life. The department serves the following students: first-generation, transfers, undocumented, and former foster youth. 

Undocumented Immigrant Students

USC offers a myriad of assistance and support services to undocumented students, or students who do not have legal U.S. immigration status. From scholarships to legal assistance, SEIP seeks to provide access to resources to undocumented students to make certain every student’s needs are met regardless of income, cultural background, or residency. 

Mental Health Services and Support

Counseling and Mental Health Services partners with APASS (and our friends at SEIP) to provide embedded counselors and liaisons for students in need of mental health and wellness support. For more information about our embedded counselors and liaisons, visit the website here. CMHS also provides 30-minute Let’s Talk drop-in sessions, individual 1:1 appointments with a counselor, group counseling, and workshops. Visit their website to schedule an appointment and learn more.