Financial Aid Timeline

For Graduate Students

October 2021 – February 2022

Students who wish to be considered for federal financial aid in 2022-23 should file the 2022-23 FAFSA using 2020 tax information (prior-prior tax year).

  • File online at FAFSA.gov as early as October 1, 2021.
  • Federal school code for Lewis & Clark: 003197.
  • Priority filing deadline: February 15, 2022.

March – June 2022

Incoming students

  • Financial aid offers will be released to admitted graduate students starting in mid-March and on a rolling basis thereafter. Incoming students who file the FAFSA by February 15 and are admitted by the end of March should receive a financial aid award notification by early April.
  • Incoming students should submit any additional documentation that is required to finalize their financial aid award no later than April 15. Check your application status page to see if you have any items outstanding.
  • Admitted students who wish to attend Lewis & Clark must submit the required tuition deposit to the Office of Admissions by the deadline stated in their notice of admission.

Current students

  • Current students are notified if any additional documentation is required to prepare their financial aid offer for 2022-23. Documentation should be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible but no later than April 15.
  • In early April financial aid offers will be released to current graduate students with complete financial aid applications who are registered for the Summer semester.
  • In late June financial aid offers will be released to current graduate students with complete financial aid applications who are not enrolled in Summer but who are registered for the Fall semester.

Loan processing deadlines

  • April 18, 2022 if you will start the 2022-23 academic year in Summer Session 1. Refunds from financial aid will be available no earlier than the first day of classes in that session: May 9.
  • May 23, 2022 if you will start the 2022-23 academic year in Summer Session 2. Refunds from financial aid will be available no earlier than the first day of classes in that session: June 13.
  • July 1, 2022 if you will start the 2022-23 academic year in Summer Session 3. Refunds from financial aid will be available no earlier than the first day of classes in that session: July 18.

Loan processing steps

Notify the Office of Financial Aid of any external resources you will receive for the 2022-23 academic year.

July 2022

Loan processing deadline for graduate students starting the 2022-23 academic year in Fall 2022: July 1, 2022.

Billing statements for Fall semester will be sent to students in mid-July. Check the Student Account Center for the most current account information.

Students who wish to sign up for a monthly payment plan through Nelnet should enroll no later than mid-July.

August 2022

Make sure all steps necessary to secure financial aid are complete so that funding can be applied to your student account at the beginning of the semester.

Payment for Fall semester charges that will not be covered by financial aid is due in early August.

Familiarize yourself with Lewis & Clark’s policy on refunds and set your preferences in the Student Account Center. It is strongly recommended that you enroll in direct deposit to expedite access to refunds.

September 2022

The earliest date that Fall 2022 refunds from financial aid will be available is the first day of classes: September 6, 2022.

October 2022

The 2023-24 FAFSA will be available October 1, 2022.

  • File your aid application using 2021 tax information (prior-prior tax year). It is strongly recommended that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer your income information.
  • Federal school code for Lewis & Clark: 003197.
  • Priority filing deadline: February 15, 2023.

November 2022

Billing statements for Spring semester charges are sent to students in mid-November. Check the Student Account Center for the most current account information.

Students who wish to sign up for a monthly payment plan through Nelnet should enroll no later than mid-November.

December 2022

Payment for Spring semester charges that will not be covered by financial aid is due in mid-December.

January 2023

The earliest date that Spring 2023 refunds from financial aid will be available for all graduate students is the first day of classes: January 9, 2023.

February 2023

2023-24 FAFSA priority filing deadline: February 15, 2023.

* Students may process loans throughout the academic year, but meeting the deadlines included in the timeline above will ensure that your loans disburse to your student account at the earliest possible date. Unborrowed loan eligibility expires at the end of the Spring semester.