I ran across a FAQ page and last year's USC Competitive Scholarship Guide today, and need help understanding something. My S will receive a National Merit Presidential scholarship, which has not yet posted to his account. His current award shows a $4k annual award called a "University Scholarship." What I wonder is whether the Univ. Schol. is considered a USC scholarship, or whether it is classified as Tuition Assistance Benefits. I'm pretty sure it's not considered need-based financial aid, but that's another possibility.
You may be wondering why I ask such an obscure question. There's an explanation in the Guide that says you can combine the Presidential award with only $2500 in extra USC scholarship money, but you can combine it with a lot more in Tuition Assistance Benefits. I'm trying to predict what S's eventual award will be. (This also has implications for Trustee Scholarship recipients, who cannot combine their award with any other "USC scholarship" but can receive additional Tuition Assistance Benefits.) So, does anyone know what the "University Scholarship" really is???
Here's the language USC uses at this link: http://www.usc.edu/student-affairs/a...008_Policy.pdf
Students receiving Trustee Scholarships are not eligible to receive any other scholarships
from a USC source.
Presidential, Leadership, Deans, Directors, Associates and Trojan Scholarships
If you are awarded any other scholarships from USC sources, you may retain up to $2,500
of those combined awards in addition to the Presidential, Leadership, Deans, Directors,
Associates or Trojan Scholarship.
Tuition Assistance Benefits
A student who receives USC tuition assistance benefits may also receive a USC Competitive Scholarship provided that the total amount of tuition assistance benefits, when combined
with the USC Competitive Scholarship, does not exceed the student’s USC tuition by more