Limited Status Enrollment

Program Mission

The limited status program is intended for individuals who wish to take a limited number of courses at USC without formally applying for admission to the university.

Individuals who do not have a bachelor’s degree may take up to 16 units. Graduate students may take up to 12 units.

For more information on the cost of enrollment at USC for limited status students, please review the tuition and fees on a per-unit basis in the USC Schedule of Classes. There is also a one-time, nonrefundable $100 processing fee for new limited status students, due at the time of registration and that will be assessed to a student’s bill. The processing fee does not apply to USC staff and faculty. 

  1. Students who have not yet completed a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for limited status enrollment if they have been denied admission to USC or if they have been academically disqualified or suspended from any community college, college or university.
  2. At the post-baccalaureate level, limited status enrollment is not available to students who have been denied admission to the department offering the course, unless prior approval is granted by the department and the appropriate dean.
  3. Enrollment as a limited status student does not guarantee admission to any degree program at USC.
  4. Financial Aid is not available for limited status students.
  5. A student must obtain or maintain academic eligibility in accordance with the requirements of the university and the school or department in which the student is enrolled. Academic disqualification may result in revocation of this registration, even if classes have started.
  6. Prior approval of the department offering the course is required for all limited status enrollment. If a limited status student is subsequently admitted to regular standing, no more than the first 16 undergraduate or the first 12 graduate units taken through limited status enrollment can be applied toward a degree. In very rare situations, individual undergraduate exceptions may be approved by the dean of the degree-conferring unit. For graduate students, the rare exception must be approved by the Vice Provost for Graduate Programs.
  1. Holders of B-1 and B-2 visas are not eligible for limited status enrollment at USC.
  2. Applicants for F-1 status on another institution’s I-20 are eligible for limited status enrollment if they will enroll at the I-20 school and USC concurrently. A letter from the international office at the I-20 school verifying enrollment must be submitted along with your limited status application. Applicants for F-1 status not currently maintaining immigration status and/or not enrolling at the I-20 school are not eligible for limited status enrollment at USC.
  3. Individuals on other visa categories such as A, E, G, H, I, J, L, O, P, Q, R and TN are eligible for limited status enrollment if they maintain that visa status. A copy of the passport and I-94 card will be required with the limited status application.
  1. The $100 processing fee is waived for the groups listed above.
  2. Review the information on the USC employees page for eligibility and requirements.
  1. Complete the Limited Status Registration Form. 
  2. Department approval is required for all courses. Contact the department offering the course you wish to take and request permission to enroll (department phone numbers/emails are shown with their course listings in the Schedule of Classes). 
  3. The department offering the course must provide their signature and department stamp next to the course(s) they approve on the Limited Status Registration Form. 
  4. Submit the completed form with department approval to the Registrar One Stop.  If not using your USC email address to submit the request, you must attach a copy of your photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, state ID, etc.). 

Phone: (213) 740-8500
Fax: (213) 821-3724 

Mailing address:
Registrar One Stop
University of Southern California
University Park Campus
700 Childs Way, John Hubbard Hall (JHH) 106
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0912 

Contact Us 

Once we process your request, we will email you confirmation of your registration. To pay your tuition bill and to activate other student services, please view the post-registration instructions.

University employees should submit the appropriate forms to the Benefits Administration Office before the first day of the semester to avoid late registration fees. Students sponsored by an agency should review the information on the Student Sponsor/Agency Billing website.

Limited Status students do not have access to Web Registration. Should a student need to make changes to their schedule (e.g., add or drop classes, change grading option, remove Tuition Refund Insurance, etc.), they must email our office with the request. If a USC email address is not used to submit the request, a copy of a photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, state ID, etc.) must be attached.