“Thank you so much for your generosity and support of Annenberg’s students during an extremely distressing time…I will always remember the people who supported my growth when I needed it most. Annenberg is truly a family within a family at USC, and I have never felt so connected to my school as I do now.”
—Annenberg Student Emergency Assistance Fund Recipient, April 2020
Supporting our students when they need us most
Students at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism are facing unprecedented challenges and financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have seen a threefold increase in the number of student emergency aid requests compared to this same time last year. Many of our students have begun to report a sudden loss of income, resulting in an inability to pay their tuition or meet basic needs such as housing costs, groceries and medical expenses. Others face the cost of returning to their hometowns and countries throughout the world or of obtaining stronger internet connections as they shift to online learning.
USC Annenberg has always placed its students first, prioritizing philanthropic support for traditional scholarships, experiential learning opportunities and other urgent financial needs that arise. With the COVID-19 pandemic now at the forefront, the School is directing more funding than ever to support those less fortunate students who have unexpectedly found themselves in stressful financial situations. The USC Annenberg Student Emergency Assistance Fund provides immediate relief to students to support the following:
- Housing instability
- Food insecurity
- Unforeseen travel expenses
- Emergency tuition
- Technology upgrades required for remote learning and course participation
Donations to the USC Annenberg Student Emergency Assistance Fund will directly support eligible students’ most urgent needs as they adapt to changing circumstances and ensure our students can stay focused on their education. Your generous support not only provides financial help, but it will provide a sense of hope our students need now more than ever to be able to complete their studies.
The University’s COVID-19 Response
USC has established four funds in response to the COVID-19 crisis to help support all areas of the Trojan community. These funds include the USC Student Basic Needs Fund, Keck Medicine of USC COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, USC Community Outreach Fund, and USC Employee Support Fund.