Understanding Your Award
for undergraduate students
Once we have reviewed the data provided on your application(s) and any additional required documentation, we will prepare your financial aid award. You will receive an email from our office when an award notification is available.
Note: In some cases an estimated award may be produced for an Incoming Student, pending the receipt of required documentation. Estimated awards are subject to change and all pending documentation must be submitted before an award can be finalized.
Next Steps: Incoming Students
Read the Financial Aid Guide.
Next Steps: Continuing Students
Grants & Scholarships
The gift aid awarded at Lewis & Clark is based on your demonstrated need, as determined by the information provided on the FAFSA (and the CSS Profile for Incoming Students), and the availability of funds from the college. The aid awarded represents the maximum amount that can be offered to you.* We assume students will accept all merit-based scholarships and need-based grants offered, so no further action is required to secure these funding types. If you feel you have an extenuating circumstance, review our “Responding To Changing Circumstances” page and submit the required information for review.
* The College does not change or negotiate awards based on comparisons with other schools.
Loans are a type of financial aid that must be repaid. Some loans (i.e., Federal Perkins Loan and Federal Direct Subsidized Loan) are awarded based on your demonstrated need. These loans carry lower interest rates and more favorable terms/conditions. Other loans (i.e., Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and Federal Direct PLUS Loan) may be borrowed regardless of whether or not you demonstrate financial need. However, a current and valid FAFSA must be filed in order to process any type of federal student loan.
Work-Study is an earned form of financial assistance. If it is determined that you are eligible to receive a work award, we will include a short paragraph toward the bottom of your financial aid award notifying you of the amount you will be eligible to earn. A Work-Study award is NOT a guarantee of employment. Rather, it is the student’s responsibility to find a job and work a sufficient amount of hours to earn their allocation.
Cost of Attendance Budget
Toward the bottom of your award, you will find the Cost of Attendance budget that was used to determine your eligibility for financial aid. This budget includes both direct and indirect costs.
- Direct costs are items that will be charged to your Lewis & Clark student account, such as Tuition & Fees and/or Room & Board.
- Indirect costs are estimated expenses that you may have, but are not charged to your student account, such as Books/Supplies, Personal and Transportation expenses.
Be sure to compare the Cost of Attendance Budget with the total amount of aid offered to you. If there is a gap and you wish to review a few additional funding sources (i.e., Parent PLUS Loan, monthly payment plan, or a private loan) refer to the Financial Aid Guide.