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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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.
Family income of freshmen students
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.
We offer a range of scholarships based on academic merit and other criteria.
This is money that does not need to be repaid.Find scholarships
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.Find grants
Cal Lutheran participates in several low-interest federal loan programs for students.
Additional loans are also available to parents.
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.
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.Get Your Estimate
2. View sample costs
These are only examples — be sure to get your own estimate.
- What you'll pay
- Student Loans
- Work Study
The very first step in applying for financial aid is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The FAFSA is used to determine if you qualify you for need-based assistance programs such as government grants, institutional scholarships and and federal subsidized loans.
When filling out your FAFSA, use Cal Lutheran's FAFSA code 001133.
How easy is it to fill out? Watch this video!
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.