What will I pay?

A guide for new undergraduate students

When you are admitted to Cal Lutheran, you and your family might have a lot of questions about how you’ll cover the costs of tuition, housing and other necessities. We can tell you this - it costs less than you think.

Check out this guide to better understand what you might actually pay.

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What does Cal Lutheran cost?

These are the costs that are directly billed by Cal Lutheran. Your tuition gives you access to top-notch faculty and academic programs, and housing costs allow us to provide you with some seriously nice living spaces and amenities.

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These are the costs that are directly billed by Cal Lutheran.

Your tuition gives you access to top-notch faculty and academic programs, and housing costs allow us to provide you with some seriously nice living spaces and amenities.

2016-17 cost

This includes:

How we compare

As listed on each university's website.

Can I really afford that?

We do our best to make sure everyone who is admitted to Cal Lutheran can afford it.

In fact, 97% of new students last year received scholarships and grants, and the average financial aid package was about $34,800.

We have students from all economic backgrounds.


97% Received Financial Aid
$34,800 Average Financial
Aid Package
Family income of freshmen students

Data from the Fall 2015 entering freshmen class.

What kinds of financial aid are available?

There are three main types of financial aid you might qualify to receive. We'll work with you and your family to put together the best possible financial aid package.

Scholarships $5,000 up to full tuition

We offer a range of scholarships based on academic merit and other criteria.

This is money that does not need to be repaid.

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Grants $0 to $32,000

There are a variety of federal, state, and university grants that are awarded based on financial need.

This is also money that does not need to be repaid.

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Student Loans Up to $5,500

Cal Lutheran participates in several low-interest federal loan programs for students.

Additional loans are also available to parents.

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Your Financial
Aid Package

Your financial aid package combines all of these items to help you cover the cost of your education.



We also provide a work-study program that allows you to have a part-time job on campus while building your resume and time management skills. If you choose to work on campus, the money you earn can be considered as part of your financial aid package.

What will my actual cost be?

Since each student's situation is unique, it's difficult to give you a specific number before being admitted. But here are a few ways to get an idea of what you might pay.

1. Use the Net Price Calculator

The best way to get a personalized estimate of what you might pay is to use our calculator.

Take a few minutes to answer some questions and you'll get an estimate you can save and print out.

It only take a few minutes!

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2. View sample costs

These are only examples — be sure to get your own estimate.

 
  • What you'll pay
  • Scholarships
  • Grants
  • Student Loans
  • Work Study
Am I going to end up with a lot of debt?

The average amount of debt that our students have when they graduate is about $23,000 – much less than the amounts we often hear in the news.

And the typical loan default rate (the percentage of our graduates that aren't able to pay back their loans) is just 2.7%, which is much lower than the national average and is due to the early success of our alumni.

Data from the College Scorecard.

Average Debt at Graduation
Loan Default Rate


All fees are subject to change without notice. The University reserves the right to change, delete or add to this pricing schedule as deemed appropriate. Transcripts and diploma will not be released for any student who has an outstanding balance owed to Cal Lutheran.

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