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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 TAThese types of assistance are awarded to selected students by the individual academic programs.
Federal Work StudyThe Federal Work Study program (FWS) at Claremont Graduate University provides part-time employment for eligible students.
TEACH GrantThe TEACH Grant program provides grants to students who plan to teach in high need field and low income area.
Tuition PaymentTuition payment is handled by the Office of Student Accounts.
WithdrawalReturn to Title IV (R2T4) Withdrawal Policy

 


Understanding Your Aid Understanding Your Aid

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Federal Direct Loans

*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 (finaid@cgu.edu).

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.

Step 1: Direct Loans Master Promissory Note
Step 2: Entrance Counseling* - Direct Loans

Basic Federal Direct Loan information

Fellowships, Stipends, & Assistantships

Department fellowships, stipends, and assistantships are awarded to selected students on the recommendation of individual academic departments based on merit and need.

Understanding Fellowships:

  • 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-sheet Information

  • Time-sheet
  • Time-sheets must be completed with the total hours worked before they are submitted to the supervisor.
  • The student/employee copy should be retained by the student for his/her records.
  • Time-sheets that are submitted late will be held for the next payroll.
  • Time-sheets need to be turned in by Thursday at noon the week that they are due.
  • Time-sheets are due in the Financial Aid Office according to the federal work-study payroll schedule.

Payroll/Payment Distribution

  • Paychecks will be delivered to students according to the FWS time-sheet schedule.
  • Paychecks are normally delivered to the student's program for distribution although other arrangements may be made with the department.
  • 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.

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TEACH Grant

If you have been awarded a TEACH Grant you must complete TEACH Grant counseling and an Agreement to Serve each academic year. 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.

General Teach Grant Information PDF

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.

Fellowships, RA, and TA (Department Awards)

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 (Student Accounts)

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.

Withdrawals

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.


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