Tuition & 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 and 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 degree.

types of financial aid

A grant is a form of financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid (unless, for example, you withdraw from school and owe a refund, or you receive a TEACH Grant and don’t complete your service obligation). A variety of federal grants are available, including Pell Grants.

The Pell Grant is a need-based financial aid program from the federal government that is designed to help undergraduates from low-income families afford college. Grants don’t require you to pay any money back and don’t carry interest, unlike student loans.

At CLU, we’re passionate about helping organizations nurture and develop their talent. We provide exclusive tuition savings to professionals from over 2,000 organizations toward our online degree and certificate programs. By combining these partner discounts with employer tuition assistance benefits or scholarships, you can often earn a CLU degree or certificate at little to no cost. Connect with a CLU enrollment manager to check your eligibility and start your journey today.

A loan is money you borrow and must pay back with interest. If you apply for financial aid, you may be offered loans as part of your school’s financial aid offer. When you receive a student loan, you are borrowing money to attend a college or career school. You must repay the loan as well as the interest that accrues. It is important to understand your repayment options so you can successfully repay your loan.

Direct Subsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need to help cover the costs of higher education at a college or career school.

Direct Unsubsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, but eligibility is not based on financial need.

CLU participates in the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Program. This loan is a low-interest loan made available to eligible students in CLU master’s 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 on your course load and enrollment period. The current interest rate for this loan is fixed at 5.50% for undergraduate students and 7.05% for graduate students for the 2023-2024 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.

As a military-affiliated student, you need a respected degree that you can earn in a timely and cost-effective manner. At Claremont Lincoln University, we provide you with support from application to graduation to ensure you get the most from your CLU experience.

Partner Tuition Reduction Program

We’re committed to making online degrees even more affordable. Claremont Lincoln University partners with over 1,200 organizations looking to enhance employee professional development programs, giving students the skills to lead change and advance their careers. If your employer is a part of this program, you can receive a discount on your CLU degree or certificate program! Ask your enrollment manager if you are eligible.


Fellowship Opportunities

Claremont Lincoln University is committed to making online education affordable and accessible, which is why the Golden Rule Student Assistance Fund was established to provide financial assistance to currently enrolled students who are unable to afford immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an unexpected emergency situation.

The Golden Rule Student Assistance Fund is sustained by generous contributions from individual donors, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of Claremont Lincoln University. The CLU management team has generously provided initial seed funding through their donations. The number of students benefiting from the Golden Rule Student Assistance Fund is limited to the availability of funds.

Student FAQs Fund Guidelines>

The internationally known and respected Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has joined Claremont Lincoln University to create a distinctive Master of Arts in Public Administration degree that engages students with real-world cases and cross-sector analysis of current social issues. Now the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has committed $100,000 to fund the Lincoln Institute Fellowship for Ethics and Equity in Public Administration.

The fellowship is designed specifically for underrepresented working professionals seeking to earn a graduate degree. Ideal candidates are in entry- and mid-level roles in the public and non-profit sectors, or in mission-oriented roles in the private sector. The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and CLU strongly encourage candidates from groups that are underrepresented with respect to race, ethnicity, gender identity, disabled status, and veteran status to apply. Those chosen as Lincoln Institute Fellows will receive up to $5,000 toward tuition for the CLU Master in Public Administration.

Application Guidelines and Instructions >

The streamlined application process requires only a resume and a 2-3 page narrative.


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
  • 1

    Complete a FAFSA online (CLU School code is 042536)

  • 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.
    Fax: (909) 339-3443

  • 3

    Borrowers must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling (EC) to receive a Federal Direction Subsidized and Unsubsidized loan. Please visit to complete Entrance Counseling and MPN.

Financial Aid Forms

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.

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.


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