Public Price Promise Policies

The Public Price Promise scholarship awards students the difference in average cost of attendance between Cal Lutheran and University of California schools. Starting with the Fall 2022 class, Cal Lutheran will award the Public Price Promise to students accepted into any undergraduate UC school. Schools include UC Los Angeles, UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Merced.

Eligibility

Eligibility is open to incoming first-year and transfer students, including Bachelor's Degree for Professionals (PROS) students, international, and out-of state students, who are fully admitted to Cal Lutheran and one of the UC schools identified. Beginning in Fall 2022, Cal Lutheran will award the Public Price Promise to students accepted into any undergraduate UC school. 

Award Amount

Calculating the Public Price Promise for Traditional Undergraduates:

The Public Price Promise amount is calculated using an average of the in-state, residential Cost of Attendance (COA) at the UC institutions covered by the program. This average is then subtracted from the on-campus COA at Cal Lutheran, resulting in the scholarship amount.

COA includes tuition, fees, room, board, books, and other expenses a family might accrue while the student is at college such as transportation and personal expenses. It should not be confused with Direct Costs which are those costs paid directly to the institution: usually tuition, room, board, and fees.

How much is the Public Price Promise?

The Public Price Promise scholarship for each year is equal to the difference between the average COA of the UC schools included in the program, from the COA at Cal Lutheran.

    • The average COA at the UC institutions included in this program for 2022-2023 is: $38,845.
    • The COA at Cal Lutheran is $67,805.
    • The Public Price Promise scholarship for 2022-2023 is: $28,960

Here's how it's calculated: $67,805 – $38,845 = $28,960. 

Example Student

John is a first-year student admitted to Cal Lutheran and the recipient of a $17,500 Oaks Scholarship. He then receives his admission letter from UC Los Angeles. John copies his admission letter from UC Los Angeles, asks his counselor for a letter with signature, and submits this documentation along with his $450 non-refundable enrollment deposit to the Cal Lutheran Admission Office. The Cal Lutheran Financial Aid Office replaces John’s Oaks Scholarship with the Public Price Promise scholarship in the amount of $28,960.

2022 - 2023 Cost of Attendance for Full-Time Residential Student
Institution Cost of Attendance
UC Berkeley $43,658
UC Santa Barbara $37,836
UC Los Angeles $37,448
UC Davis $39,241
UC San Diego $37,425
UC Irvine $36,415
UC Santa Cruz $39,288
UC Merced $39,452
UC Riverside Not Available
Average $38,845

Additional Information

  • Typically the Public Price Promise replaces any Academic Scholarship or Presidential Scholarship the student was awarded. Other institutional aid, such as Dean's Awards and Opportunity Grants, may also be adjusted or removed.  For Bachelor's Degree for Professionals (PROS) students, it does not replace the Professionals Grant.
  • Cal Lutheran reserves the right to evaluate each student on an individual basis regarding scholarship eligibility.
  • When receiving the Public Price Promise after a Financial Aid Award is created, the Financial Aid Award may change based on institutional, state, and federal guidelines regarding eligibility.
  • Students will be reviewed for additional institutional, state, and federal aid based on FAFSA information.
  • For traditional undergraduates, the scholarship is calculated as the difference between the Cost of Attendance (COA) at Cal Lutheran for a full-time, residential student and the average COA for a full-time, residential student at UC Los Angeles, UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC San Diego or UC Irvine. Calculating the Public Price Promise Scholarship for Traditional Undergraduate Students. For PROS students, the scholarship is calculated based on the Traditional Undergraduate cost per credit after the Public Price Promise. Starting with the Fall 2022 class, Cal Lutheran will award the Public Price Promise to students accepted into any undergraduate UC school. Schools include UC Los Angeles, UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Merced.
  • The scholarship amount changes every year as the COA changes at these institutions. This means the amount can go up and it can go down. Should the Public Price Promise amount decrease in any year, the institution will determine, on a year by year basis, if all students will continue to receive the scholarship at the rate from the previous year.
  • The scholarship is renewable for subsequent years at Cal Lutheran provided the student maintains Satisfactory Academic Progress. Freshmen may receive the scholarship for up to a maximum of 4 years. Transfer students may receive the scholarship for up to a maximum of 2 years, depending on grade level at time of enrollment.
  • Traditional and PROS students must be enrolled in at least 12 units per term in order to receive the Public Price Promise.

*Students cannot receive both an Academic Scholarship (or Presidential Scholarship) and a Public Price Promise Scholarship at the same time. If a student was awarded an Academic Scholarship (or Presidential Scholarship) prior to being determined eligible for the Public Price Promise, they will be given the option to choose one of the two scholarships they would like use while attending Cal Lutheran. The student must retain the scholarship they choose at that time (Academic/Presidential or Public Price Promise) and may not change their award decision after they begin attending Cal Lutheran.

Frequently Asked Questions

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