GSG is funded by the assessment of a Graduate Programming Fee to all graduate students. We use the funds to advocate for student interests at USC and nationally, fund academic and social programming, and provide resources and programs for students.
In order to be eligible to opt-out of this fee, you must be a graduate student taking less than six units.
In addition, please understand that optional fee is not reported to the IRS (on your 1098-T) as a qualified educational expense.
If you decide to opt-out, you are not able to participate in any activities sponsored by GSG, including:
· Any activities organized by their student umbrella organizations
- Any social or academic activities sponsored by Graduate Student Government or Undergraduate Student Government
- The Travel Grant Program
- The Graduate Research Symposium
- The subsidized Metro TAP card program
- Free Legal Counseling Service
We will be unable to remove the fee from your account before your bill is due for the academic year. We strongly recommend that you pay the fee and receive a credit when the fee is removed. If you choose not to do so, GSG will not cover any late fees or other related charges.
Fill out opt-out form online at gsg.usc.edu --> Receive automatically-generated receipt --> (wait until February 10) --> Receive confirmation email that fee has been removed from your account
The form is located here.
NOTE: you will be unable to opt-out of the Graduate Programming Fee after the last day of the general university add-drop period, or for Spring 2014, February 1.