Financial Aid Guide

Finances should not be a barrier to investing in your future. At California Lutheran University, we are committed to making your education as affordable as possible. Cal Lutheran offers a full range of scholarships, financial aid and financing options to families of all income levels.

In fact, in recent years, approximately 90 percent of Cal Lutheran undergraduate students received some form of financial assistance, totaling more than $72 million. An array of federal, state and institutional financial aid programs helped students at all economic levels pay for their education.

Please be advised that our method of communicating with students is through the email address assigned to you after your admission to Cal Lutheran. Make sure to frequently check this email address or forward it to another email account in order to receive important information in a timely manner, including any changes made to your Financial Aid Award.

1. File your FAFSA
Complete your FAFSA at Please be sure to include Cal Lutheran's school code (001133).

2. Cal Grants
If you are a California Resident, visit WebGrants4Students to check on the status of your Cal Grant application.

3. Submit additional documents
If you receive a request for any documents or more information, please respond promptly with the requested information. Review outstanding documents through Financial Aid Self Service.

4. View your Financial Aid award
Available online through Financial Aid Self-Service in the MyCLU Portal. Make to sure to Accept and/or Decline award items and complete the loan process if you plan to borrow loans.

5. Understand your award
Learn more about the various types of financial aid.

6. Estimate Your Balance
Understand your total costs, the financial aid offered to help cover those costs, and any remaining balance due to Cal Lutheran after your aid is applied.

7. Additional Financial Aid Options
If needed, find other sources of financial aid through these options.

8. Get Financial Clearance
Each student is required to gain financial clearance on their student account from the Student Accounts Office to keep any pre-registered classes for the upcoming semester.