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. Use the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to import your tax information to FAFSA. The DRT improves accuracy and reduces the likelihood of being selected for federal verification.
  3. Helpful TipsIncoming Student Financial Aid Checklist
  4. Undergraduate (CAS) Financial aid application priority deadlines:
  • Early Decision and Early Action: 11/1/2020
  • Regular Decision: 1/15/2021
  • Transfer: 3/1/2021

FAFSA (use 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 simultaneously.
  • File by the priority deadline so we can get your award to you as quickly as possible.
Now What?
  • 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 email from Lewis & Clark to request additional information, and respond as quickly as possible. A delayed response 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 which needs further explanation by sending us a 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 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 Award Letter online.

  • The award letter reflects the best financial aid award we can offer you, based upon the information you provided on the financial aid applications.
  • 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.
  • Review the Financial Aid Guide to learn how to complete Verification if necessary, and secure the loans and/or work-study offered to you. No additional steps required to accept grant or scholarship aid.

Admissions Deposit:
If you decide to join the Lewis & Clark 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 503-768-7325

Student Accounts  503-768-7829

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