Program Fees

Semester Programs

Students pay directly to California Lutheran University and retain their full financial aid package, including state and federal aid, grants, loans, and Cal Lutheran-specific scholarships, with the sole exception of work-study. Cal Lutheran will pay standard invoices for program participation to third-party institutions, including all application fees and non-refundable deposits.

If a student selects any options program elements--such as housing beyond standard accommodations, voluntary excursions, or elective meal plans--the third-party institution will invoice them directly for those expenses.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

What you will see on your Pre-Bill and Student Account Out-of-pocket costs
  • Standard semester tuition and fees
  • Housing fees (Standard, Kramer/Mogen, or Grace/Trinity; see below)
  • Meal plan (for select programs only; see below)
  • Study Abroad Student Fee ($250 for 2024-2025)
  • Full financial aid package
  • Airfare
  • Passport and visa applications
  • Most meals (if not provided through a meal plan)
  • Additional excursions
Housing Fees

Please see below for breakdowns of Housing fees for each Semester Program. Students must reside in program-provided housing unless the program does not arrange housing. Commuter students who otherwise do not typically pay housing fees while on the Thousand Oaks campus must pay housing fees when participating in a program off-campus.

Oxford Program

The Oxford Program bills to Student Accounts those fees listed above for participation in the Oxford portion and CIEE London Block II only. Students may add optional participation in CIEE Block III for an additional cost paid directly to CIEE.

Summer or Winter Programs

Students pay all required program fees directly to the host institution except for the Study Abroad Student Fee - Short Term ($200 for 2024-2025). Your out-of-pocket fees will vary depending on your program.

Faculty-Led Programs

Faculty-led programs assess standard tuition for your course and a Program Fee for the study tour to your Student Account. You may be eligible to use available financial aid toward tuition and the Program Fee.

What you will see on your Pre-Bill and Student Account
  • Semeter tuition charge will include your course fee (unless you overload beyond 18 credits)
  • Program fee for the study tour portion
  • Study Abroad Student Fee - Short Term ($200 for 2024-2025)

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OEA Scholarship

The Office of Education Abroad (OEA) endowed scholarship was created by the Alumni Board. Students must be undergraduates who commit to and participate in a credit-bearing program to earn funds. 

Scholarship amounts vary and are awarded based on financial need. All applicants for each term are automatically considered for OEA scholarship; students do not need to submit a separate application. Cal Lutheran will rescind this award if a student withdraws from the program before it begins.

Host Program Scholarships

We highly encourage all program participants to apply for grants and scholarships that may be offered by host institutions. See below for applicable program scholarships.

External Scholarships

These other opportunities scholarships are available for students who commit to programs. Please note that they are not affiliated with California Lutheran University, so students should review each scholarship for eligiblity and application information.

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Resources for Budget Planning

Budgets will vary widely depending on your individual spending habits. Strategies such as cooking at home will help you manage your spending, but you'll also want to be realistic.

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