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Admission Information

At Claremont Lincoln University, it's easy to enroll in our online programs. Start with completing the free online application and our experienced support staff will walk you step-by-step to complete the next steps until you are ready for the start.

All applicants to Claremont Lincoln University will be provided an equal opportunity for admission regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran.

The degree programs at CLU are entirely online providing students with the opportunity to engage in ubiquitous learning. Our asynchronous learning model allows students to study on the go and to complete class work at times that work best for them.

Students build and nurture meaningful relationships with their peers and professors through collaborative assignments and stimulating and thought provoking dialogue in discussion forums for each class. Students who are most successful in an online environment have basic computer and internet skills, are self-motivated, and can express themselves well in writing.

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Connect with a Student

Do you have questions about what it is like to attend Claremont Lincoln University? Ask a current student or alum about their experience in our graduate programs! Common questions and topics you may want to ask about include:

  • What students are learning in their course
  • How they are applying these skills in their professional context
  • Their experience interacting with our digital learning management system
  • Time management and completing assignments
  • Balancing their studies with personal and professional obligations

Please note that many of our students are professional with busy schedules. We appreciate your patience as they respond to you in as timely a manner as their schedules allow.

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Administrative Offices

Claremont Lincoln University
150 W. First Street
Claremont, CA. 91711

Office of Financial Aid
(909) 667-4400

Office of Admissions
(909) 667-4444

Office of Student Services
(909) 667-4481

Office of the President
(909) 667-4411

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid

At Claremont Lincoln University, we make it a priority to keep tuition at a level which we hope will allow students to complete their education without borrowing funds. While we are proud to offer scholarship opportunities and encourage the use of employer reimbursed tuition programs, we realize that some students require access to low interest student loan programs.

CLU offers the Federal Direct Loan to eligible students in our Master Degree programs and unlike the complex process of applying for financial aid at the undergraduate level, your application can be completed in a few easy steps. We also have seasoned Financial Aid team members who are available to discuss your own personal situation or walk you through the process so that you can quickly move towards starting your journey towards the completion of a Master's Degree at Claremont Lincoln University.

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Credit Balance Delivery Option

Claremont Lincoln University disburses federal Title IV funds (Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan) to your student account in order to apply those funds to your tuition and fees. If the funds received exceed your current charges, Claremont Lincoln University, in accordance with federal regulations will return your Title IV credit balance to you within 14 calendar days of the credit balance occurring. Please complete the Credit Balance delivery option form indicating your preferred method of return. Download Credit Balance Delivery Form »

Financial Aid Shopping Sheet

The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet is a consumer tool that participating institutions use to notify students about their financial aid package. It is a standardized form that is designed to simplify the information that prospective students receive about costs and financial aid so that they can easily compare institutions and make informed decisions about where to attend school.

Download 2017-2018 Form » Download 2018-2019 Form » Download 2019-2020 Form » Download 2020-2021 Form » Download 2021-2022 Form »

Eligibility for Federal Financial Aid Assistance

  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or other eligible non-citizen.
  • Student must be enrolled in a graduate program at least ½ time. 3 units per term is considered ½ time enrollment at Claremont Lincoln University.
  • Student must have a valid Social Security number.
  • Student must not owe a refund from any federal grant program or loan or be in default on any federal loan
  • Students required to register with the Selective Service must have registered
  • Student must make satisfactory academic progress towards degree completion

How to Apply for Federal Financial Aid

  • Step 1: Complete a FAFSA online at School code is 042536)
  • Step 2: You will receive an award letter indicating your financial aid eligibility. To receive the Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan, students must indicate how much they would like to borrow in the area found at the bottom of the award letter. Signed award letters indicating the amount you choose to borrow may be faxed, scanned/emailed to the Financial Aid Office. Email:, Fax: (909) 339-3443
  • Step 3: Borrowers must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and entrance counseling to receive a Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan. Please visit to complete entrance counseling and the MPN.

Types of Aid


Claremont Lincoln offers a variety of scholarship opportunities to assist students in their pursuit of putting wisdom to work – View Scholarship Opportunities »


CLU participates in the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Program. This loan is a low interest loan made available to eligible students in CLU Master Degree programs, to assist them with costs related to their education. The annual maximum Direct Unsubsidized loan is $20,500, however may be less depending upon your course load and enrollment period. The current interest rate for this loan is fixed at 5.28% for the 2012-2012 academic year. Repayment begins six months after the borrower graduates, leaves school or drops to less than half-time enrollment. Since the entire Direct Unsubsidized loan is unsubsidized, interest accrual begins once the loan is disbursed.

Contact Information

Office of Financial Aid
(909) 667-4400

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Important Information for Admitted Students

Admitted Students

Congratulations on your admission to Claremont Lincoln University! We want to ensure your transition to becoming a CLU student is as smooth and seamless as possible. With that in mind, here is some important information for admitted students and next steps to review before you begin classes:

Succeeding in an Online Learning Environment

  • Be active and engaged in the discussion boards
  • Log in regularly throughout the week, not just right before deadlines
  • Keep a study schedule and a calendar of deadlines and due dates
  • Communicate with your instructors
  • Utilize mobile technology so you can stay connected on the go
  • Take advantage of the Writing Center and other services

Technology Requirements

Access to appropriate technology is an important component of your success in an online learning environment. You will need the following to complete your coursework with CLU:

  • A computer, preferably no more than two years old. We recommend a 2.4 GHZ Dual core machine (or better) with at least 4 GB RAM.
  • Word processing software that allows you to create and edit .docx files. All CLU students are provided with an Office 365 account which includes access to all MS Office products such as Word, Excel, etc.
  • Virus protection
  • Internet browser (the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer) with essential updated plugins (i.e., Flash, Java, etc.)
  • Broadband internet access such as DSL, cable, or wireless broadband. Satellite-based internet services are not recommended due to delays in transferring information that occur with this type of service.
  • Computer speakers or headphones
  • Computer microphone
  • A webcam is strongly recommended

Next Steps…


After being admitted, you'll need to confirm your intent to enroll with Claremont Lincoln University by signing and returning your acceptance letter to your Admissions Counselor and by supplying all of the required documentation listed in the letter.

Financial Aid, Billing & Payments

Students who meet eligibility requirements may apply for Federal financial aid in the form of a Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan. If you'd like to apply for financial aid please visit the Financial Aid page for instructions. CLU encourages students to borrow only the funds they need to attend school, even if you may be eligible to borrow an amount greater than that. Financial aid is disbursed on a term-by-term basis and any change in enrollment status may affect your eligibility to receive financial aid.

Tuition is billed at the beginning of each term. Students are expected to pay one third of their total term tuition at the time that it is billed. The remaining two thirds is due by the end of the term. Students receiving financial aid and/or scholarships may supply evidence of these awards to comply with the tuition policy. Students who need to make tuition payments may do so by mailing a check to Claremont Lincoln University or by making a credit card payment on the Student Portal. Students who drop a course in the first ten days of the term will receive a full refund of tuition. After the tenth day of the term full tuition will be assessed and no refund will be issued for students who drop or withdraw from courses. Review CLU's Refund Policy.

Registration & Books

The Office of Admission will send you the course and textbook information for your first term. After your first term you will be able to register for classes yourself in the Student Portal. Login information for the Student Portal and instructions for registering for classes will be sent to you during your first term.

Students can find and order books for their current or upcoming classes through a variety of online vendors. It is recommended to purchase books with plenty of time for them to arrive before the term starts.

Students will access their courses, participate in discussions, and submit assignments in CLU's learning management system, Canvas. We use a single sign-on system for Canvas so the credentials for your CLU email address will allow you to login to Canvas. Courses will be available in Canvas on the first day of the term.


After confirming your intent to enroll with Claremont Lincoln University you will be provided with a CLU email address and access to Microsoft Office 365. Instructions for activating your CLU email address and Office 365 will be sent to the email address you provided for us on your Application for Admission. In order to maintain your privacy, we will begin sending ALL email correspondence to your CLU email address so it is important that you check the account regularly or have emails from your CLU account forwarded to an email you check regularly.

New Student Orientation

Students will need to sign-up for Orientation with the Office of Student Services. Virtual orientation will be available for all new students. Students who begin in the spring (April) or fall (October) terms may attend an in person Orientation at The Gathering Weekend. Attendance is encouraged, but not mandatory and a virtual orientation session will also be available for students who begin during these terms. Students who attend in person and virtual orientation have the benefit of not only receiving important information about becoming a student with CLU, but they will have an opportunity to meet and interact with other new students in their cohort before the term starts.

New students will be enrolled into an Orientation course in Canvas. This is an ungraded, tuition-free course. The modules in the Orientation course will cover important information such as navigating in Canvas, accessing the Student Portal, library services, writing center services, program structure, copyright guidelines, and much more. Your Orientation course will remain available for your reference for the duration of your enrollment with CLU.

New Student Handbook

All new students will be provided with CLU's New Student Handbook. This handbook is designed to provide you with answers to frequently asked questions, advice on acclimating to graduate school, and a synopsis of policies, procedures, and helpful information about getting started with CLU.

Questions & Concerns

Your main point of contact for any questions or concerns you may have throughout the duration of your program will be the Office of Student Services. You will receive regular communication from the Office of Student Services and are encouraged to reach out to request assistance, provide feedback, or ask questions. The Student Services team is:

Karen Kraker
Dean of Student Affairs
(909) 667-4481

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International Students

International Students

Claremont Lincoln University is proud to enroll graduate students from all around the world. Our accessible, online courses allows students to complete a graduate program from their home counties without incurring the costs of securing a student visa, relocating to the United States, or leaving work and family responsibilities.

Who is an International Student?

Claremont Lincoln University determines a student's status as "international" solely on their United States citizenship/residency status. If you do not hold citizenship or permanent residency in the U.S., you are considered an international student by Claremont Lincoln University

Admission Requirements

International applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application and supporting materials at least 2 months prior to the beginning of the term.

Contact our admission's department for more information at (909) 667-4444 or

Technology Requirements

The online nature of our programs requires that students have appropriate hardware, software, and Internet capabilities. Please read our Technology Requirements page to familiarize yourself with the minimum requisites for studying at Claremont Lincoln University.


International graduate students may qualify for scholarships offered at Claremont Lincoln University.

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If you have any questions about the admission process for international students, please contact the Office of Admission at +1-909-667-4444 or We are also available to chat via Skype. Please email us to set up an appointment. We are here to assist you at every step.

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Non-Degree Students

Non-Degree Students

Are you interested in only taking one or a few courses at CLU? Do you want to "test the waters" before committing to enroll in an entire master's degree program? You can enroll in select courses at CLU for academic credit that can be applied towards a degree at CLU.

Non-degree students are defined as students who are not currently accepted into a degree program. Non-degree students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid (view the non-degree payment and refund policy).

The cost of a single course at Claremont Lincoln University is $1,650 ($550 per unit for each 3-unit course). If you are interested in enrolling in a degree program, you are encouraged to apply through the Admission Office.

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Military Students

Military Students

Develop Leadership Skills at Home or Abroad

Claremont Lincoln University is proud to support military service members and families- We understand and respect the enormous sacrifice that our veterans, military service members and their families have made and continue to make on behalf of our country.

Claremont Lincoln University is a non-profit, WSCUC Accredited, 100% online Military Friendly University committed to honoring those who serve our country by making a quality education for military members, veterans, and their families an affordable reality.

At Claremont Lincoln University, we're committed to ensuring that our military-affiliated students have all that they need to be successful whether they're at home, or deployed. Our 100% programs allow you to pursue your degree at home or abroad.

Your best source for additional information about your military benefits is your branch's Education Office or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. However, for your convenience, below is a high-level summary of common benefits available for military personnel.

Active Duty Tuition Assistance (TA)

Active Duty personnel in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines or Navy may be eligible for Tuition Assistance (TA).

Because each branch has its own application process and criteria for eligibility, please contact your duty station's Education Office to learn more about your available benefits.

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Online Admission Requirements

Online Admission Requirements

Please submit the following to be considered for admission into Claremont Lincoln University.

Online Application

The application process is easy! To begin the admission process, please complete and submit the online admission application. Apply Online Now »

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Technology Requirements

Technology Requirements

Every learning environment expects certain aptitudes, whether these include managing deadlines, using research resources, or negotiating transportation. Online learning expects students are comfortable with computer technology. You do not have to be a computer "geek" to succeed in online learning, but you do need to have appropriate hardware and software, as well as knowledge about standard conventions associated with modern computer use.

The following technology is required to effectively participate in the online classroom environment at CLU:

  • Computer with Word Processing software. Students without Word Processing software will have free access to Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Broadband or high speed WiFi internet access
  • Computer speakers or headphones
  • Webcam or video recording device, such as a smartphone, to record and upload video responses (optional, but recommended)
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