I have to agree as well... When I was accepted to USC, I was thrilled, and was all ready to sign my papers to Marshall and become a Trojan, however, I am now a Bruin??
Why, well, my parents, last year, made enough money so that with the Fafsa and CSS, we only got loans, about 15k in loans!!!
So, I appealed, wrote a letter about how my dad is terminally ill (he really is), he has less than 3 years to live, he will be out of work within 3 months, and how he has already had mounting medical bills, upwards of 1200 dollars a month for medication that MAY, only MAY, allow him to live another 3-5 months (He has Lou Gehrigs if anyone is curious).
Anyways, I filled out all of the paperwork, had my dad's doctor, boss, everyone, write letters, pleading for money, along with turning in medical bills and such...
I was thinking, okay, I can probably get 5-10k in outside scholarships (got 7k so far, and waiting on a few more) and then I figuered if I got a 20k grant, I could go... I was, alright, I can do that, barely, but I can.... then, the slap in the face!!!
A 3,000 dollar grant. ***!!! I couldn't believe it, I had to make sure it wasn't 30k, nope, 3k.
I called and said what the ****, and they said that since my dad technically still "works", they can't help much now, but when he quits/retires, they will "possibly" be able to help.
This coming from one of the largest private funds in the nation?
I was not going to take a chance on a "possiblity". So just like the op, I too have bitter feelings about USC, however, have enjoyed how they continue to waste postage on big packets to try and sway me.