Law School Financial Aid Eligibility

How Does Financial Aid Work?

Financial aid assists families with the cost of a college education. You don’t necessarily have to be in a low-income category to qualify for financial aid. Some students receive aid based on special achievements while others receive aid based on their demonstrated need. Need is the difference between what it costs to attend a college and what you and your family can afford to pay. The basic formula to determine eligbility for aid is:



Cost of Attendance

A cost of attendance budget, used to determine eligibility for financial aid, reflects the estimated costs associated with attending Lewis & Clark. This budget is comprised of both direct costs (e.g. tuition and fees) and indirect costs (e.g., transportation allowance, personal expense allowance, books and supplies allowance, off-campus living allowance). Because indirect expenses are highly discretionary and vary considerably from student to student, an average allowance is used for these components of the budget. Be advised that the actual cost of attending Lewis & Clark may differ from the estimated cost of attendance used to determine eligibility for financial aid. Review the Law FAQ to learn about the limited circumstances in which an adjustment may be made to your Cost of Attendance.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

The EFC is determined by applying a uniform federal formula to the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We use this EFC to determine the types and amounts of aid a student is eligible to receive. Student loan resources designed to help students borrow their EFC are available.

General Eligibility Information

To receive financial assistance from Lewis & Clark, an individual must be admitted as a degree-seeking student to a College program. In addition, students must meet the following criteria in order to receive federal financial aid:

• Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-resident

• Make satisfactory academic progress toward a degree

• Enroll at least half-time each semester

• Not be in default on any prior federal student loan

• Not owe an overpayment on a federal grant or loan program