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Division of Financial and Business Services

Checks / Payments by mail

FOR ALL CHECKS /DRAFTS:

  • Checks and drafts must be made payable to "University of Southern California".
     
  • Student name and 10-digit USC-ID must appear on the front of your check / draft exactly as your record at USC shows, to insure that your payment is credited to the proper student account in a timely manner.
MAILED payments:

Please allow 5-10 business days for processing of payments mailed from within the continental U.S. If you have requested that your bank or another party make the payment for you, please allow an additional 10 business days for their processing
(you will need to allow even more time for HI, AK and international mail), so that your payment may be received by the settlement deadline.

If an international bank is referenced on a check, our bank will initiate the special domestic bank collections process which can take several weeks before we receive the funds from our bank and the payment may be posted to your account.

FOREIGN CHECKS / DRAFTS: (checks or drafts from non-U.S. banking institutions)

International drafts may take an additional number of days to process as our bank contacts your bank.  We do not post a payment to your student account until our bank notifies us that the money is available.

If an international bank is referenced on a check, our bank will initiate the special domestic bank collections process which can take several weeks before we receive the funds from our bank and the payment may be posted to your account.  Because of the delay for processing of foreign drafts, we recommend that students send payment via Wire Transfer or our new ONLINE Western Union wire transfers option on USCe.pay.

DOMESTIC CHECKS / DRAFTS are checks or drafts drawn on U.S. banking institutions.
Normal Payments:
(checks or drafts drawn on U.S. banking institutions)

If you are making a normal payment* (check drawn on U.S. banking institution, in U.S. dollars) and it is not an urgent matter that the Collections Department be immediately aware that your check has arrived, then you may send your payment (please include student's name and USC-ID) to the following address: USC Cashier's Office 620 W McCarthy Way, Suite 21 Los Angeles, California 90089

* To prevent late fees and finance charges, mailed payments should be mailed at least 5-10 business days before the settlement deadline if mailed within the continental U.S., (allow more time for HI, AK and international mail) so that they may be received by the settlement deadline.

To mail a payment OVERNIGHT /EXPRESS for an account which is not in Collections status and does not have HOLD on it, please be sure to include student name and 10-digit USC-id, make check payable to "University of Southern California" and send it to the above address.

Holds / Collection Status If you have already been dealing with the Collections Department, and if your situation is such that the lifting of the hold depends on the Collections Department being immediately aware that your check has arrived, then please send the payment to:

USC University Collections
1150 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Parking Structure B, PSB 115
Los Angeles, California 90089-1053

529 /
college payment plans
Please allow 10 days processing time for the 529 Plan administrators to prepare your check and an additional 5-10 days for the check to be mailed, if mailed within the continental U.S., (allow more time for HI, AK and international mail) so that your payment may be received by the settlement deadline.

Please note that electronic transfer payments may also take longer than expected, ie: plans that specify 3 business days have taken 7 or more days to get to our bank.

Read more about special requirements by state, etc...

Scholarship Checks Scholarship checks must go to the Office of Financial Aid for processing so that they can be posted to your student account.
Please go to Financial Aid's FAQ's page, at: http://www.usc.edu/admission/fa/faqs .
Expedited Mail
Expedited / delivered payments (ie: sent 'special delivery', or which require special handling) should not be mailed to our PO box address as this will delay receipt of your payment (see: Where and to whom do I address a payment I would like to send? ).
Using Your Bank's
Bill-Pay Service
If you plan to use your bank's bill-pay service: please allow 10 days processing time for them to prepare the check and an additional 5-10 days for the check to be mailed.

 

Loan payments:

Please contact your Lender or review your loan documents.

For campus-based loans, this information is available online at our loan service provider's website: www.ecsi.net .

 

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