Financial aid is awarded by term (e.g., Fall, Spring, Summer). You will receive a Financial Aid Notification by email each time an update is made to your financial aid.
|Federal Direct Loans (Completion)||If you have been awarded Federal Direct Loans, complete the process here.|
|Fellowships, RA, and TA||These types of assistance are awarded to selected students by the individual academic programs.|
|Federal Work Study||The Federal Work Study program (FWS) at Claremont Graduate University provides part-time employment for eligible students.|
|TEACH Grant||The TEACH Grant program provides grants to students who plan to teach in high need field and low income area.|
|Tuition Payment||Tuition payment is handled by the Office of Student Accounts.|
|Withdrawal||Return to Title IV (R2T4) Withdrawal Policy|
The Understanding your Student Financial Account Webinar date has passed. You may listen to the recorded webinar here to learn more information about understanding your student account, where to locate information on your portal, what financial resources are available at CGU,etc.
Understanding Your Aid
*If you do not require any or part of your offered loan/s, email our office so that we can revise your award as necessary (email@example.com).
If you have never borrowed a Federal Direct Loans at Claremont Graduate University, you are required to complete a master promissory note (MPN) and complete entrance counseling.
Fellowships, Stipends, & Assistantships
Claremont Graduate University invests more than $12 million in fellowships annually. Department fellowships, stipends, and assistantships are awarded to selected students on the recommendation of individual academic departments based on merit and need. Nearly 85% of CGU’s students received fellowships last year.
- The amount of your merit fellowship is recommended by your department generally at the point of admission.
- Fellowships are based on enrollment in 12-16 units per semester. Should you register for less than the required units, your award will be adjusted accordingly. You can determine the adjusted amount by using the Fellowship Calculator. Please check with your department to confirm any enrollment requirements.
- Fellowships are awarded in the form of tuition reduction. Once you are registered, your student account will be credited for the amount of your specific fellowship and you will be billed for the difference, if applicable.
- Fellowships are credited to the student account at the end of the add/drop period of each semester.
- Fellowships may be automatically renewed provided you meet Satisfactory Academic Progress. Check with your department for any other requirements.
- Fellowships cover tuition cost and terminate once you complete all required coursework.
- Fellowships do not cover Continuous Registration or Doctoral Study, CGU Student or Technology, or any other fees.
- Fellowships will be adjusted accordingly if a student is receiving third-party tuition sponsorship. Fellowship will be withdrawn if the student is receiving 100% tuition sponsorship.
Fellowship Application Process: Your application for admission also serves as your application for fellowship. If you are admitted you will receive notification of your fellowship award and applicable requirements.
Federal Work Study
The Federal Work-Study program (FWS) provides part-time employment opportunities to eligible students. In order to be considered for FWS, you must complete your FAFSA. The filing date of the FAFSA and your calculated federal financial need will be used when awarding FWS.
Work-Study students are limited to a maximum of 20 hours per week.
- Time-sheets must be completed with the total hours worked before they are submitted to the supervisor.
A copy should be retained by the student for his/her records.
Time-sheets need to be submitted by Thursday at noon the week that they are due.
Time-sheets that are submitted late will be held for the next payroll period.
Time-sheets are due to the Financial Aid Office(in person with wet signatures or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org) according to the Federal Work-Study Payroll Schedule.
- Paychecks will be available to students according to the Federal Work-Study Payroll Schedule.
- Paychecks are normally made available to the student’s program for distribution or available for pickup in the Financial Aid Office.
- Any problems with paycheck errors should be directed to the Payroll Office in the Human Resources Department.
- Payroll checks can not be mailed directly from the Payroll department. You need to make arrangements with your department for this service.
- Direct deposit is not available for FWS paychecks at this time.
If you are interested in a Federal TEACH Grant you must complete TEACH Grant counseling and an Agreement to Serve each academic year, then you must notify the Financial Aid office when completed. Complete the TEACH Grant steps here.
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, which leads to a master’s degree and teaching credential. Claremont Graduate University participates in the TEACH Grant Program; contact the Teacher Education Department directly to verify your eligibility.
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:
If you have been awarded Federal Direct Loans, complete the process here.
These types of assistance are awarded to selected students by the individual academic programs.
The Federal Work Study program (FWS) at Claremont Graduate University provides part-time employment for eligible students.
The TEACH Grant program provides grants to students who plan to teach in high need field and low income area.
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 email@example.com.
When a student withdraws from CGU, the school and/or the student may be required to return some or all federal funds awarded for that semester. If the student withdraws on or before completing 60% of the semester, the federal government requires a return of Title IV federal aid that was received. Federal funds include Federal Perkins, TEACH Grant, Unsubsidized and Grad PLUS Loans. The formula used in this federal “R2T4” calculation divides the aid received into earned and unearned aid.
The federal refund policy does not directly correspond with the CGU withdrawal policy. Students should consult with the Financial Aid Office before initiating the withdrawal process to determine any potential money owed by the student to the CGU.