Congratulations on your acceptance! In most cases USC still offers full aid when some documents are late, the only problem is sometimes you do not get your package until after May 1st, when commitment deposits are due.
I am not sure which deposit you are asking about, so I'll tell you about both:
- You should make your housing deposit of $40 now if you think there is a chance you will attend USC. It does not committ you to attending, it just gets you in line for housing. If you decide to go elsewhere it is not refundable, but really helps get the housing of your choice.
-Do not make your enrollment comittment deposit yet. (I think it is $400.) It is not due until May 1st, and there is no advantage to submitting it early. It is not refundable if you find you cannot afford USC. Wait until you have received your financial aid information from all your schools so you can make the best choice.
If you have not received your financial aid from any of your schools by the third week of April, contact all the schools you are considering and ask for an extension for submitting the deposit until the financial aid packages are available. Get the answer in writing. Most schools will grant an extension to students who need financial aid to attend.
More Financial aid info here: http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/...id-2010-a.html
Feel free to post if you have more questions!
Again, CONGRATULATIONS on your acceptance and welcome to the Trojan family!