Financial Aid at Claremont Graduate University

Financial Aid

CGU makes every effort to provide accurate, efficient, and timely assistance with your financial aid concerns. Our seasoned staff can help you navigate the federal and private loan programs, helps process all institutional aid, and offers financial awareness counseling.  Below are some financial aid options currently available along with tips for successfully financing your graduate education.

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Cost of Attendance/Tuition

These charts and calculator will help you estimate your financial needs while at CGU.

Cost of Tuition 2013/2014 (PDF) Actual cost of tuition based on enrollment for fall 2013 and spring 2014. 
Cost of Tuition 2014/2015 (PDF) Actual cost of tuition based on enrollment for summer 2014, fall 2014, and spring 2015.
Cost of Attendance 2014/2015
(PDF)
Financial Aid budgets are developed using guidelines from the Department of Education and estimated costs associated with each college/university. Budget items reflect average student expenses per semester. The number of units enrolled in, will determine the appropriate budget.
Tuition Cost Calculator This calculator helps estimate your semester bill for the current aid year.
Fellowship
Worksheet
The fellowship worksheet will assist you in determining the amount of your fellowship based on the percentage offered.

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Applying for Financial Aid

To successfully apply for financial aid, it is important to first know the variety of options available to you. Each of these options has its own deadlines and requirements. Note: You do not need to be admitted to CGU to apply for Federal Aid.

FAFSA All students interested in receiving federal aid must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in order for the Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility for student loans and campus-based aid. CGU School Code is G01169.
Federal Direct Grad Plus The Federal Grad PLUS Loan is a credit-based loan that allows students the opportunity to borrow up to their cost of attendance, minus any financial aid received.
Private Loans Private Loans are credit-based consumer loans for students that can be used for educational-related purposes.
Federal and State Aid FAQs about Federal and State funding.
Other Sources of Aid Searchable databases for many different types of funding opportunities.
Veterans/Yellow Ribbon Information CGU is an approved institution for Veterans to utilize their educational benefits.
AmeriCorps As a student at Claremont Graduate University, you may apply your AmeriCorps benefits to your tuition.
VetsBack2College (AVSI) The Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative (AVSI) supports young men and women returning in record numbers from Iraq and Afghanistan, whose abilities and experience make them ideal college student candidates.
GI Bill® Comparison Tool The Department of Veterans Affairs recently launched an innovative new GI Bill® Comparison Tool designed to make it easier for Veterans to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country.

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Understanding your Award Letter

Each academic year you will receive an official award letter from our office. Your awards will be broken down by term (Summer, Fall, Spring). The awards codes can vary and may include the following:

Federal Direct Loans (Completion) If you have been awarded Federal Direct Loans, complete the process here.
Direct Lending FAQs (PDF) Frequently asked questions about the Direct Lending program.
Fellowships, RA, and TA These types of assistance are awarded to selected students by the individual academic programs.
Federal Work Study The purpose of the Federal Work-Study program (FWS) at Claremont Graduate University is to provide part-time employment opportunities for eligible students who need financial assistance to help meet their educational expenses.
TEACH Grant The TEACH Grant program is a program of study that is designed to prepare you to teach as a highly qualified teacher in a high-need field.
Tuition Payment Tuition payment is handled by the Office of Student Accounts.

If you have questions about any of the codes showing up on your award letter, email us at finaid@cgu.edu.

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Managing your Student Loans

A student loan is like any other loan. You need to manage it properly to avoid penalties. Use the list below to help you check on the status of your loan—while you're here at CGU and after you leave. (Login and password are required for access.)

Manage My Account
  • Make a student loan payment
  • Consolidate your loans
  • Enroll in E-bills
Loan History The National Student Loan Data System provides a centralized view of Title IV loans and grants.
Loan Repayment Options The SmartStudent Guide will provide information on many options for repayment.
Loan Repayment Calculator The Loan Payment Calculator computes an estimate of the size of your monthly loan payments upon repayment.
Loan Consolidation This site is your source for information from the U.S. Department of Education about how to manage your student loans.
Loan Entrance/Exit Counseling Entrance counseling provided by the U.S. Department of Education as required for all first-time borrowers and Exit counseling for information on your loans once you have graduated.
Income-Based Repayment Calculator A useful tool to determine if you are eligible for IBR once you graduate.
Satisfactory Academic Progress As a CGU student, you are expected to meet and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Eligibility or continued eligibility for financial aid may be seriously affected.

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