USC Postdoctoral Tuition Remission
Opens Jun 30 2022 12:00 AM (PDT)
Deadline Jun 30 2023 11:59 PM (PDT)
Description

All USC postdoctoral scholars on the Postdoctoral Scholar Benefits Plan are entitled to receive up to 20 units of tuition remission for training-related coursework at USC, not to exceed 4 units in any one semester. Postdoctoral scholars should secure approval of the faculty mentor and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs before registering by following the application procedure below.  

USC, CHLA and LAC+USC Clinical Residents and Fellows may be eligible for this benefit but must first apply to the Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar Program for Residents and Fellows (PPSP Residents and Fellows).  For more information on PPSP Residents and Fellows (e.g. forms, where to submit, etc.), please visit the USC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Signature Programs. After being approved, continue with the application instructions below.  Current PPSP Residents and Fellows may simply login (by clicking Apply) and upload the form.

For Administrators: If you are an administrator submitting forms on behalf of a postdoc scholar, you may use this application portal.  

For all users: you will need to create a USC SMA account in order to submit documents if you have not done so already.  To do this, select Register in the top right corner.  

A quick note about the process: After you have registered for courses, the tuition will post to your student account.  Tuition is paid on set schedules after the last day to add courses deadline each semester.  The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will remove late fees and finance charges.

Submission Instructions: Please complete these steps in order.

A) Please visit the USC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs webpage for Tuition Remission form downloads.  Submit the following in this online submission portal before the semester registration deadline (late fees will be applied to your student account if submitted after the deadline): 

  1. Completed Tuition Remission Form
    • A completed form requires the signature of your faculty supervisor, department chair, or program director.  
    • Please secure any required course D-clearance(s) prior to submitting your tuition remission form. You’ll need the additional clearance if the 5-digit section number of the course you plan to take ends with a “D” (e.g. 41121D).
    • Please note: If you’re planning to complete an academic program using your tuition remission benefits: no more than 12 (graduate) units taken through limited status enrollment can be applied toward a degree. Please consult with your program early on regarding admission processes and course planning prior to taking required courses towards a degree or certificate.
  2. Your Individual Development Plan (Clinical Residents and Fellows exempt).

B) Register for courses via MyUSC.  Postdocs, residents and fellows receiving the tuition remission benefit should enroll in a course called PDF-999.  This is a 0-unit course.  *NEW Residents and Clinical Fellows: The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will enroll you in PDF999 your first semester in the program.  You will need to self-enroll all future semesters.

C) Opt-out of the Student Health Insurance: Waivers must be submitted annually, by the third week of the Fall semester.  You will need your USC login credentials and USC Student ID Number.  Note for USC Postdoctoral Scholars: Waiving the student Aetna health plan will not affect your Postdoctoral Aetna plan benefits.  Please make sure you waive student health insurance or you will be charged premiums for coverage.  The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs cannot pay premiums and cannot waive your coverage once instated.   

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The tuition remission program only covers the cost of tuition. Postdocs are responsible for nominal fees, such as:

  • lab and/or access fees, readers and other course materials
  • Norman Topping Fee
  • USC Student Services Fee

Please follow instructions carefully to prevent delays in processing your tuition remission and potential late fees charged to your account.  

Apply

USC Postdoctoral Tuition Remission


All USC postdoctoral scholars on the Postdoctoral Scholar Benefits Plan are entitled to receive up to 20 units of tuition remission for training-related coursework at USC, not to exceed 4 units in any one semester. Postdoctoral scholars should secure approval of the faculty mentor and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs before registering by following the application procedure below.  

USC, CHLA and LAC+USC Clinical Residents and Fellows may be eligible for this benefit but must first apply to the Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar Program for Residents and Fellows (PPSP Residents and Fellows).  For more information on PPSP Residents and Fellows (e.g. forms, where to submit, etc.), please visit the USC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Signature Programs. After being approved, continue with the application instructions below.  Current PPSP Residents and Fellows may simply login (by clicking Apply) and upload the form.

For Administrators: If you are an administrator submitting forms on behalf of a postdoc scholar, you may use this application portal.  

For all users: you will need to create a USC SMA account in order to submit documents if you have not done so already.  To do this, select Register in the top right corner.  

A quick note about the process: After you have registered for courses, the tuition will post to your student account.  Tuition is paid on set schedules after the last day to add courses deadline each semester.  The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will remove late fees and finance charges.

Submission Instructions: Please complete these steps in order.

A) Please visit the USC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs webpage for Tuition Remission form downloads.  Submit the following in this online submission portal before the semester registration deadline (late fees will be applied to your student account if submitted after the deadline): 

  1. Completed Tuition Remission Form
    • A completed form requires the signature of your faculty supervisor, department chair, or program director.  
    • Please secure any required course D-clearance(s) prior to submitting your tuition remission form. You’ll need the additional clearance if the 5-digit section number of the course you plan to take ends with a “D” (e.g. 41121D).
    • Please note: If you’re planning to complete an academic program using your tuition remission benefits: no more than 12 (graduate) units taken through limited status enrollment can be applied toward a degree. Please consult with your program early on regarding admission processes and course planning prior to taking required courses towards a degree or certificate.
  2. Your Individual Development Plan (Clinical Residents and Fellows exempt).

B) Register for courses via MyUSC.  Postdocs, residents and fellows receiving the tuition remission benefit should enroll in a course called PDF-999.  This is a 0-unit course.  *NEW Residents and Clinical Fellows: The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will enroll you in PDF999 your first semester in the program.  You will need to self-enroll all future semesters.

C) Opt-out of the Student Health Insurance: Waivers must be submitted annually, by the third week of the Fall semester.  You will need your USC login credentials and USC Student ID Number.  Note for USC Postdoctoral Scholars: Waiving the student Aetna health plan will not affect your Postdoctoral Aetna plan benefits.  Please make sure you waive student health insurance or you will be charged premiums for coverage.  The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs cannot pay premiums and cannot waive your coverage once instated.   

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The tuition remission program only covers the cost of tuition. Postdocs are responsible for nominal fees, such as:

  • lab and/or access fees, readers and other course materials
  • Norman Topping Fee
  • USC Student Services Fee

Please follow instructions carefully to prevent delays in processing your tuition remission and potential late fees charged to your account.  

Apply
Opens
Jun 30 2022 12:00 AM (PDT)
Deadline
Jun 30 2023 11:59 PM (PDT)