Public Price Promise

Private Education, Public Price

Public Price PromiseAttend Cal Lutheran for the average cost of UC schools.

The Public Price Promise scholarship awards you 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.

The award amount for 2022-23 is: $28,960

The scholarship is renewable for subsequent years. The award is recalculated each year and the amount you receive might go up, but it will never decrease.

How to apply

First apply to Cal Lutheran and submit your FAFSA. If you are fully admitted, then you'll be automatically considered for the Public Price Promise. The scholarship will be included in your financial aid package if you qualified.

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Private school advantages

At Cal Lutheran, you'll discover the same academic rigor and broad curriculum to explore your interests that you can find at a big state school.

But you'll also get the benefits of a private school education — a close-knit community, smaller class sizes, personal mentorship, and dedicated staff to support you in becoming career and future-ready.

Why Cal Lutheran

Raquel Zagal

Having an older sister who also attended a private college, it was already difficult for my family. Thanks to the Public Price Promise, I was able to lower my tuition and cover it with my other grants and scholarships. All my parents and I needed to pay for was room and board.

Raquel Zagal '17


Am I eligible?

If you're admitted to one of these University of California schools in the same enrollment term, Cal Lutheran will match the average cost of attending them through the Public Price Promise scholarship:

  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
  • University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley)
  • University of California, Davis (UC Davis)
  • University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
  • University of California, Irvine (UCI)
  • University of California, Riverside (UCR)*
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)*
  • University of California, Merced (UCM)*

*Beginning with the Fall 2022 class, Cal Lutheran will include UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz and UC Merced to the list of Public Price Promise schools.

This opportunity is open to most applicants, including incoming freshmen, transfer students from any college or university, out-of-state students, and international students.

More information about eligibility and renewal

Questions? Contact your admission counselor or check out the Frequently Asked Questions.