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Questions?

Contact us at stuaccts@callutheran.edu or call 805-493-3180 to speak to a Cal Lutheran representative who will help you estimate your costs.

Payment Responsibilities

Payment of tuition and all other fees becomes an obligation of the student at the time of registration. Prior to the start of the semester or term students must have their accounts paid in full (with the exception of pending financial aid), or have a current monthly payment contract. According to University policy, no student may begin a new semester or term with a balance owing from previous semester or term attended. 

 

Interest & Fees

Traditional undergraduates must make payments according to California Lutheran's financial clearance policy to avoid interest and other fees.

Graduate students and students in the Professionals program must submit payment in full  by the first day of class to avoid interest and fees. 

California Lutheran charges interest on any remaining balances for all past due student accounts at the rate of 0.83%. Interest is assessed on the first of each month.

If any financial assistance is missing on your account please contact the Financial Aid office.

Past Due Accounts

After the completion of a term all accounts with an outstanding balance are placed on a collections hold.  A collection hold means the student is unable to order transcripts and or diplomas or continue enrollment unless the account is paid in full.  California Lutheran University's Collections Specialist will review all accounts and send out notices to the student via collection letters, phone calls or emails.  The full amount due is required in order to remove a collection hold. Any student owing a balance and not currently registered may request extended billing for an additional $100 enrollment fee. California Lutheran has contracted with an off-site billing service to provide monthly billing to non-registered students. To set up a monthly payment plan the student must contact the Collections Specialist by e-mail mstarr@callutheran.edu

Returned Checks or Payments

Cal Lutheran charges $25 for returned check, ACH, and wire transfer payments. The fees apply to any returned payment made in person or made online through any of our service providers. Additional fees from those service providers may apply.

Add/Dropping Classes

Cal Lutheran does not automatically drop students from a class if they register but do not attend.

If you are enrolled in a monthly payment plan you should also not assume that your balance will automatically be adjusted if you add or drop a class. You should review your account balance monthly to verify adjustments and contact Student Accounts with questions or changes.

 

Tuition Withdrawal Policy

CLU Tuition Refund Schedule

The date of withdrawal for purposes of tuition credit shall be the date on which the class was officially dropped by the Registrar's office. Students who withdraw from the University are financially responsible for a reduced portion and possibly all of their tuition, room and board charges according to the Tuition Refund Schedule for their program. Financial withdrawal dates used by the Student Accounts Office for reduction of charges may not the same as the academic withdrawal and drops dates used by the Registrar's Office. Students who receive federal financial aid are subject to a pro-rated return of federal funds if they withdraw through the 80% period of each semester. Tuition Refund Schedule

Tuition Refund Insurance

Cal Lutheran also offers the opportunity to enroll in a tuition refund insurance program called GradGuard. This program complements and enhances our published tuition refund policy and includes $15,000 coverage for the academic year if you are forced to withdraw from school for a covered medical or mental health reason. Tuition Refund Insurance

Overload Tuition Adjustment Policy

Traditional Undergraduate students only

Cal Lutheran charges additional tuition for every unit over 18 which you take in one semester. You may be eligible for ONE unit (no more) of refund if you meet certain criteria. Overload Tuition Adjustment policy

Student Vehicle Registration

To assist Campus Safety ALL vehicles must display a current vehicle registration permit. Permits must be renewed annually, at the beginning of each academic year. This free permit may be picked up by resident students while checking into their residence halls. Commuter students obtain their permit at Campus Safety. Fines may be assessed if vehicles are not properly registered. Register your vehicle.

Authorization to Release Information

In order to provide financial information to anyone other than the student, Cal Lutheran must have a completed release form on file. The purpose of this form is to allow us to provide parents and other designated parties information regarding student's account status. FERPA for Parents

Cash Advances

Students with pending financial aid refunds can may receive up to $500 at the beginning of the semester or term.  The student's account will be charged the amount of the advance and is repaid when the financial aid funds are applied. Call the Student Accounts office directly to set up your advance. 

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