A private, liberal arts education is often more affordable than you think.

The number you see—the total cost of tuition, room, board, travel, and personal expenses—is not usually what you will pay. Last year, Lewis & Clark distributed over $74 million in assistance from institutional, federal, state, and private sources. We can also help you understand the options that are available for covering the costs that remain after your financial aid has been applied. In addition, we’re so confident that first-year students will graduate in four years that if you don’t, we’ll cover the extra semester of tuition.


Ninety-seven percent of L&C undergraduates receive some form of financial assistance.


Within six months of graduation, 96% of the Lewis & Clark Classes of 2018–2020 were already changing the world through employment (78%), continuing studies (16%), and service work (2%), like the Peace Corps.


Lewis & Clark’s 4-5-6 Commitment can help you make the most of your future.

Important Dates

FAFSA available

FAFSA filing deadlines

Award notification

October 1 November 1
(early action and early decision)
December 15
(early decision)
  January 15
(regular decision)
(early action)
  March 1
Early April
(regular decision)

“L&C develops the intellect of its students, pairing a broad foundation of knowledge with critical thinking and a love of learning. The small class size and personal connection with quality faculty allow students to explore and be mentored, not simply taught.”

—Holly Nielsen, Parent of Anna Williams, Class of 2022

Costs 2022–23

  • Tuition and fees: $59,684
  • Room (double occupancy): $8,186
  • Board (14-meal flex plan): $6,198
  • Books and additional expenses (estimate): $3,102
  • Health insurance: $3,721/year; waiver available


Payment Plan

We offer a payment plan that allows you to split each semester’s payment into five monthly installments, for a total of 10 payments over the course of the year.

Net Price Calculator

Even before you submit your forms, you can get an idea of what it might cost to attend Lewis & Clark by using our net price calculator. This tool helps you estimate what financial aid might be available.

Applying for Financial Aid

In order to determine eligibility for need-based aid, you must fill out the FAFSA.

  • Lewis & Clark federal school code: 003197

Types of Aid

Scholarships and Grants

These awards do not require repayment upon graduation.

Lewis & Clark Merit-Based Scholarships

We offer a variety of scholarships based on academic excellence. All applicants are automatically considered for these awards.

Need-Based Scholarships and Grants

These awards—which come from Lewis & Clark, federal, or state sources— are based on financial need.

Lewis & Clark Performance-Based Scholarships

These awards are available in entrepreneurship, speech and debate, and music.

On-Campus Student Employment

Both need-based and non-need-based awards are available.


Federal student loan programs offer some advantages:

  • Low interest rates
  • Deferred interest on some types of loans
  • Both need-based and non-need-based options

Parent loans are also available.

“Lewis & Clark’s approach integrates the critical thinking and analysis that enables their graduates to address society’s most pressing and complex problems.”

—Sarah Hamm-Alvarez, Parent of Sophia Alvarez, Class of 2023