Special Programs

Financial Aid is available for students participating in special programs. If you are applying to one of the programs listed below, please review the section for information about available financial aid and eligibility requirements. Please contact our office if you have any questions at finaid@lmu.edu or 310-338-2753.

  • Non-Degree Credential Program

    Eligibility & Enrollment Requirements

    Basic eligibility for federal and state financial aid is determined by the FAFSA. Estimated financial aid awards are based on eligibility and need, and are offered based on the number of units students self-report on the LMU Financial Aid application. The number of units in which you actually enroll determines your eligibility.

    Financial aid awards are revised to match eligibility based on the actual number of units in which students are officially enrolled. Classes taken outside of your program of study or for audit do NOT qualify for Federal financial aid.

    Although Non-Degree Credential students are admitted through the graduate division, you are not considered a graduate student for federal aid purposes. As a non-degree credential student you are considered a 5th year undergraduate and will be awarded federal aid accordingly.

    There are 13 questions that students must answer to determine if they are a dependent or independent student. If you answer "no" to all questions, you MUST provide parental information on the FAFSA even if you no longer reside with your parents or they no longer provide your support. The federal government will still view you as a dependent student and parental information is required for all dependent students.

    Unsure if you are considered an independent student or a dependent student? Find out here.

    FAFSA guidelines for Teaching Credential students

    Non-Degree Credential students are not considered graduate students for the purposes of federal aid since they are not working on a master's or doctorate degree; they are considered to be 5th year undergraduates, and independent or dependent based on their FAFSA responses. Independent students may be eligible to borrow up to $12,500 in Federal Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Loans. Dependent students whose parents can borrow a PLUS loan may borrow a total of $5,500 in Stafford Loans (subsidized and/or unsubsidized) through the Federal Direct Loan Program. Your dependency status is determined by federal regulations. If you are dually enrolled as a credential and Masters student, you are considered a graduate student for financial aid purposes.

    When completing the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), credential students must provide the following answers:

    • When you begin the 2018-2019 school year, what will be your grade level? Answer: 5th year/other undergraduate
    • When you begin the 2018-2019 school year, what degree or certificate will you be working on? Answer: Teaching credential (non-degree program)
    • At the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, will you be working on a master’s or doctorate program? Answer: No

    Additional information for Teaching Credential Students

    • You may be eligible for a Federal TEACH Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Direct Loans (including the Federal Direct Parent Plus loan), or a Federal Perkins loan.
    • Your eligibility for Federal Direct Loans is the same as for seniors.
    • The Federal TEACH Grant is actually a grant/loan combination that requires a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS), as the grant will convert to unsubsidized loan in the future if contracted teaching obligations are not met. If this happens, interest accrual will be effective as of the date of the first TEACH disbursement. The TEACH Grant is available for credential/graduate students who meet specific criteria. Click here to learn more.
    • Teacher loan forgiveness and Perkin loan cancellations are available for selected teaching areas, specialties, and years of service. Click here to learn more.
    • Federal Direct Loans: Partial loan forgiveness for Federal Direct Loans is available for designated teachers and childcare providers. Information may be obtained at Student Aid on the Web, a site maintained by the U.S. Department of Education.
    • Federal Perkins loans: Perkins loan recipients may take advantage of a number of provisions for cancellation of loan principal and interest for each year of service in certain teaching fields and for teaching in low-income schools.
    • Teach for America: AmeriCorps recruits committed recent college graduates and professionals of all backgrounds to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. Offers loan forbearance and paid interest on federal student loans for two years in exchange for teaching service pre-K through 12 in 46 urban and rural regions across the country. Most corps members are eligible to receive an education award of at least $5,550 per year after successfully completing each year of teaching (totaling $11,100). You can use the education award toward repayment of qualified student loans.

    Eligibility criteria:

    • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5
    • Be enrolled at least halftime (6 or more units)
    • Have remaining eligibility for loan borrowing (Not reached lifetime loan limits associated with credential program)

     Estimated Cost of Attendance   

    *based on 6 unit enrollment per term Fall/Spring, 12 units total.

    Non-Degree Credential  On Campus Off CampusWith parents/relatives
     Tuition & Fees  $15,446  $15,446  $15,446
     Room & Board  $15,910  $17,634  $5,418
     Books & Supplies  $1,917  $1,917  $1,917
     Transportation  $846  $1,251  $1,107
     Personal & Misc.  $2,394  $2,997  $3,258
     Loan Fees  $134  $134  $134
     Total Estimated Cost  $36,647  $39,379  $27,280

     

  • Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program

    Federal Direct Loans are available to students in the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program for one academic year (Fall/Spring). Students beginning the program in the summer term may apply for a Private Alternative Loan to pay for fees and living expenses associated with the program. 

    Maximum loan amounts vary by semester for Federal Direct loansbased on demonstrated financial need and dependency status. In addition to Federal Direct Loans, students may apply for a Private Alternative loan  to help cover costs not covered by Federal Direct Loans. Federal grants, state grants and LMU scholarships are not available to students in the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program. If you are a dependent student, your parent is eligible to apply for the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan. The Parent PLUS loan is not available to independent students. 

    When completing the FAFSA, there are 13 questions a student must answer to determine if they are a dependent or independent student. If you answer "no" to all questions, you are considered a dependent student and MUST provide parental information on the FAFSA.Unsure if you are considered an independent student or a dependent student? Find out here.

    Please keep in mind that although you are admitted through the graduate division, you are not considered a graduate student for federal aid purposes. Post-baccalaureate pre-medical students are considered a 5th year undergraduates.

    FAFSA Guidelines

    For purposes of Federal Financial Aid eligibility, Post-Baccalaureate Premedical students are considered enrolled in "preparatory coursework to enroll in a graduate program." Independent students and dependent students whose parents are denied a PLUS loan are eligible to borrow a total of $12,500 in Federal Direct Loans (up to $5,500 of which can be Subsidized). Dependent students whose parents can borrow a PLUS loan may borrow a total of $5,500 in Federal Direct Loans. Parents of dependent students may be eligible to borrow the Federal Parent PLUS Loan.

    When completing the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Postbaccalaureate Pre-Medical students should provide the following answers:

    • When you begin the 2018-2019 school year, what will be your grade level? Answer: 5th year/other undergraduate
    • When you begin the 2018-2019 school year, what degree or certificate will you be working on? Answer: You will answer Certificate/Diploma (occupational/technical/education program of less than 2 years)
    • At the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, will you be working on a master’s or doctorate program? Answer: No
    • Grade Level: Answer: 5th year, Post Baccalaureate Certification, 2nd Degree

    Eligibility criteria:

    • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5
    • Be enrolled at least halftime (6 or more units)
    • Have remaining eligibility for loan borrowing (Not reached lifetime loan limits associated with credential program)

    Questions?

    We realize that every student’s situation is unique and you may have questions about your specific situation. Contact jbaughn@lmu.edu or call 310-338-2753. 

    Estimated Cost of Attendance 

                                                                             

                                          *based on 12 units per term

    Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Off CampusWith Parents/Relatives 
    Tuition & Fees $18,000 $18,000
    Room & Board $17,634 $5,418
    Books & Supplies $1,917 $1,917
    Parking &Transportation $1,251 $1,107
    Personal & Miscellaneous $2,997 $3,258
    Loan Fees $134 $134
    Total Estimated Cost $42,661 $30,562

     

     

  • LMU San Bernardino Degree Completion Program

    The Undergraduate Estimated Cost of Attendance below applies to the LMU San Bernardino Degree Completion Program only, and applies only to anticipated expenses during each semester.

    The Estimated Cost of Attendance provides students with an estimate of all costs they may expect to incur to attend the program for the term noted. In combination with the information provided on the FAFSA and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the Cost of Attendance also helps determine the student's eligibility for need-based federal grant and loan programs. 

    Undergraduate Estimated Cost of Attendance - Degree Completion Program

    Fall 2018

    San Bernardino Program 

    Off Campus

    With Parents or Relatives

    Tuition & Fees

    $3,986.00

    $3,986.00

    Average Room & Board

    $6,889.50

    $2,709.00

    Direct Loan Fees

    $35.00

    $35.00

    Parking and Transportation

    $625.50

    $553.50

    Books & Supplies

    $640.00

    $640.00

    Personal Expenses

    $1,498.50

    $1,629.00

    Total Estimated Cost

    $13,674.50

    $9,552.50

     

    Summer 2018

    San Bernardino Program 

    Off Campus

    With Parents or Relatives

    Tuition & Fees

    $1,964

    $1,964

    Average Room & Board

    $2,867

    $875

    Direct Loan Fees

    $0

    $0

    Parking and Transportation

    $206

    $183

    Books & Supplies

    $309

    $309

    Personal Expenses

    $501

    $546

    Total Estimated Cost

    $5,847

    $3,877

     

    Spring 2018

    San Bernardino Program 

    Off Campus

    With Parents or Relatives

    Tuition & Fees

    $5,138

    $5,138

    Average Room & Board

    $6,647

    $2,624

    Loan Fees

    $35

    $35

    Parking and Transportation

    $616

    $549

    Books & Supplies

    $927

    $927

    Personal Expenses

    $1,503

    $1,638

    Total Estimated Cost

    $14,866

    $10,911

     

    Understanding Cost of Attendance Estimates

    These estimates are used to determine financial aid eligibility only and do not represent actual student expenses as these vary based on individual student expenses, including housing, meal plans, books, supplies, transportation and other expenses.

    For specific information on LMU tuition, fees, housing and meal plan charges, please visit the Student Accounts website.

    Or, Email Us today to connect with a member of our team to:

    • Answer your questions,
    • Explore financial assistance opportunities,
    • Partner with you throughout your LMU financial aid application process.