Undergraduate Financial Aid

A private, liberal arts education is often more affordable than you think. Our financial aid program creates solutions to serve students from diverse economic backgrounds.

Get Started With the FAFSA

Step one in applying for undergrad financial aid involves completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using our unique school code, 003197. This can be done for the 2024-25 school year starting sometime in December 2023.

Undergrad Pro Tip: Create an account on the Federal Student Aid site to get your FSA ID, which you’ll need before you file the FAFSA. Here’s a quick video tutorial to help with that process. You and any family member who will be contributing information to your FAFSA should create an FSA ID prior to applying for aid.

Complete the FAFSA

Important Financial Aid Timing

Update, 1/31/24

The government just announced that they will not release FAFSA data to schools until at least early March. Without that data, we cannot process need-based aid awards, so we’ve removed the priority filing dates this year. Please note:

  1. The date you file the FAFSA has no bearing on your award.
  2. We will work with you to get through this year’s delayed, uncertain process.
  • <blockquote><p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">L&C offered me a really generous financial aid package. I can’t tell you how impactful it was not to come out of school with a mountain of debt.</span></p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16540-spencer-byrne-seres">Spencer Byrne-Seres BA ’13</a><br/></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p> My financial aid package had a major influence on my decision to attend L&C. It provided me with the most affordable path toward obtaining my undergraduate degree compared to the other institutions I had gotten accepted into. </p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18357-savannah-bishop">Savannah Bishop BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Portland and Bend, Oregon; Budapest, Hungary; Accra, Ghana</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lewis & Clark offered competitive prices, so that I would be able to receive a liberal arts education for the same price as a public institution.</span></p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14672-keilani-vega">Keilani Vega BA ’22</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Pasadena, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p> The financial aid package offered by the college played a significant role in my decision, and Lewis & Clark was among the most generous schools in this regard.</p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/17730-hashim-salman">Hashim Salman BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Amman, Jordan</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">My financial aid package made a college education achievable for my family and me. The generous aid I received was a motivating factor for me to attend L&C, so that I could have a wonderful education without graduating with mountains of debt.</span></p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16650-sofia-reeves">Sofia Reeves BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Sacramento, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p> I am so grateful that, throughout my time at Lewis & Clark, I’ve been granted opportunities to apply to new scholarships as my academic career has developed. Receiving a SAAB grant to fund a film, as well as becoming a Mary Stuart Rogers scholar in recognition of my academic rigor, has furthered my growth and success at L&C. </p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/20473-liv-ladaire">Liv Ladaire BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Orange County, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The financial aid package I received made Lewis and Clark feasible. It allowed me to push myself to go out of state to a location that I knew I would thrive in.</span></p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16643-whitney-maxfield">Whitney Maxfield BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Riverton, Utah</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I received a generous financial aid package that sealed the deal. Between the colleges I was choosing from, Lewis & Clark’s offer was the best, and because I already was interested in attending, it helped me make my decision even quicker.</span></p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16647-adam-schwarz">Adam Schwarz BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Daly City, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The generous merit aid package that L&C offered me made me feel like the college was prepared to invest in me. So I try to make good on that investment by engaging with my classes and organizing student projects.</span></p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14674-mateo-kaiser">Mateo Kaiser BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Mountain View, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p> I chose to come to L&C because of the overall support I knew I would receive with financial aid, academic life, and student affinity groups.</p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/17133-rocio-yao">Rocío Yao BA ’24</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Cuidad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina; Guangzhou, China; Northglenn, Colorado, United States</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p> The financial aid provided from the school made L&C a definite yes. As an international student, being able to rely on so much support made the process so much easier.</p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/17735-kenan-imamovic">Kenan Imamovic BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p> Lewis & Clark’s financial aid package was the best I received. I was blown away by the college’s active support and flexibility before I even accepted the offer to attend. It made me respect the school’s dedication to provide accessible education to students.</p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16676-laura-everson">Laura Everson BA ’22</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Sitka, Alaska</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p> The generous financial aid and accepting inclusive culture made me want to come to Lewis & Clark.</p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/20425-christi-san-diego">Christi San Diego BA ’27</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Gypsum, Colorado</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p> I looked at many schools but what made Lewis & Clark stand out to me was the small class sizes, merit aid, proximity to Portland, and beautiful campus.</p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/20400-august-van-nieuwenhuysen">August van Nieuwenhuysen BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Tustin, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lewis & Clark provided me with a substantial financial aid package, which made the decision to attend this school easier.</span></p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16644-annabelle-rousseau">Annabelle Rousseau BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Modesto, California</span></p></blockquote>


Students have many opportunities to engage in experiential learning. One example is through our annual Winterim program—an imme... Students have many opportunities to engage in experiential learning. One example is through our annual Winterim program—an immersive week designed to develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills in a supportive and fun environment.

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Costs 2024–25

  • Tuition and fees: $64,828
  • Room (double occupancy): $8,856
  • Board (14-meal flex plan): $6,792
  • Books, transportation, and personal expenses (estimate): $3,652
  • Health insurance: $3,887/year (2023-24 cost); waiver available

Types of Aid

Scholarships, grants, on-campus employment, and loans are among the ways that families finance a Lewis & Clark education.

Need-Based Scholarships and Grants

These awards—which come from Lewis & Clark, federal, or state sources—are based on financial need and the overall strength of your application. They do not require repayment upon graduation. All students who apply and qualify for need-based aid are considered for this funding source.

Merit- and Performance-Based Scholarships

We offer a variety of scholarships based on academic excellence. All applicants are automatically considered for these awards. Performance-based awards are available in entrepreneurship, speech and debate, and music.

On-Campus Student Employment

A variety of interesting jobs are available to students. Both need-based and non-need-based awards are available.

External Scholarships

Many organizations other than Lewis & Clark award scholarship funds that can be used at the school of your choice.

Federal Student Loan Programs

Many of our students and families find loans to be an important tool to help finance their education at Lewis & Clark. Federal student loans offer some advantages, including low-interest rates, deferred interest on some types of loans, and both need-based and non-need-based options.

Direct PLUS Loans

These loans are available to the parent of a dependent undergraduate student enrolled at least half time.

Private Loans

Private loans are designed to meet costs not covered by other forms of financial aid. Students are encouraged to pursue federal student loans (if eligible) and outside scholarships before applying for private student loans.

Helpful Tools

There’s a lot to take in when you are learning about financial aid. We have tools and resources available, and we’re here to help.

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    Net Price Calculator

    Even before you submit your forms, you can get an idea of what it might cost to attend Lewis & Clark by using our net price calculator. This tool helps you estimate what financial aid might be available.

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    Payment Plan

    We offer a payment plan that allows you to split each semester’s payment into five monthly installments, for a total of ten payments over the course of the year.

Secure Document Portals

Upload necessary documentation for your financial aid application.

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