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Financial Aid

for graduate students

January - March

  • Students should begin to gather financial information in preparation for filing a FAFSA for the next academic year.
  • The FAFSA is available for submission online at each year beginning January 1. The federal school code for Lewis & Clark College is 003197.
  • Lewis & Clark’s priority filing date for all financial aid applications is February 15.

April - May

  • Incoming students who completed the FAFSA by February 15 should receive a financial aid award notification by early April.
  • Incoming students should return any required documentation (e.g, verification documents) to us, to confirm their financial aid award, no later than April 15.
  • Incoming students who wish to attend Lewis & Clark should submit the required deposit to the Office of Admissions no later than April 15.
  • Continuing students are notified if any additional documentation is required to prepare a financial aid award for the next academic year. Documentation should be submitted to us no later than May 1 to ensure a timely delivery of financial aid information.



  • Complete the steps necessary to secure student loan funds for the upcoming school year. This includes:
    • Online Entrance Counseling, if required.
    • Signing a Master Promissory Note (MPN), if required.
    • Students who wish to borrow a Federal Grad PLUS Loan should complete an application with the U.S. Department of Education no later than August 1.
    • Students who wish to borrow a private education loan should complete an application directly with their lender of choice, no later than August 1.
  • Billing statements for fall semester will be sent to students in mid-July.


  • Make sure all steps necessary to secure financial aid are complete so that funding can be applied to the student account at the beginning of the semester.
  • The payment due date for fall semester charges, which will not be covered by financial aid, is published by Student & Departmental Account Services. Typically, the fall due date is in early August.
  • Make sure to bring the necessary original employment documents to campus in the fall. Additional information regarding student employment and what documents are required can be found on the Student Employment page.

September - October

  • Secure a student employment position and complete the necessary employment paperwork.


  • Billing statements for spring semester charges are sent to students in mid-November.