How to Apply

Financial Aid for First-Year and Incoming Transfer Students

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To be considered for financial aid, all incoming students must apply for admission to Lewis & Clark and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Applying for Financial Aid

  1. Create An FSA ID  — Watch this video for a tutorial: How to create an FSA ID
  2. File the FAFSA.
  3. Helpful Tool: Financial Aid Checklist for Incoming Students
  4. Undergraduate (CAS) financial aid application priority deadlines:
    • Early Decision and Early Action: January 31
    • Regular Decision: January 31
    • Transfer: March 1

Lewis & Clark school code: 003197


  • Complete the FAFSA to be considered for federal/state aid sources as well as Lewis & Clark institutional aid sources.
  • Apply for admission and financial aid concurrently
  • File by the priority deadline so we can get your financial aid offer to you as quickly as possible.

After Applying

  • Watch for an email from the Department of Education to notify you of your Student Aid Report (SAR), which may direct you to submit additional information to the school.
  • Watch for an email from Lewis & Clark ( to request additional information, and respond as quickly as possible. A delayed response from you impacts our ability to provide an offer of financial assistance.
  • Contact us in writing if you think there is information on your financial aid application that needs further explanation by sending us a signed letter.
  • You may still apply for financial aid if you miss the priority deadline. Applications will be reviewed in the order received, and aid offered based on funding levels at the time of review.

Your admission application will be used to consider you for Lewis & Clark merit-based scholarships.

The Financial Aid Award Letter

Admitted students who have submitted all required documents will be sent instructions to view their financial aid offer in the L&C Portal.

  • The award letter reflects the best financial aid award we can offer you, based upon the information you provided on the FAFSA
  • In some cases, the award letter will be an “ESTIMATE.” The award cannot be finalized until you have submitted outstanding documentation to our office. Note: The award offer is subject to revision.
  • If you do not qualify for need-based aid you will receive an Award Letter for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, as well as any merit-based scholarship awarded through the Office of Admissions.
  • Complete federal verification if you have been notified that we need to verify your FAFSA information, and secure the loans and/or work-study offered to you. No additional steps required to accept grants or scholarship aid.

Admissions Deposit

If you decide to join our community, you must pay a tuition deposit to reserve your place in the entering class. Instructions about the tuition deposit will be included in your letter of acceptance from the Office of Admissions.

Contacts for further information:

Office of Admissions 503-768-7040 Campus Living 503-768-7123 Registrar 503-768-7335
Student Accounts 503-768-7829


Office of Student Access and Completion:
Federal Student Aid Information Center: or 1-800-433-3243