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Tuition & Financial Aid

At Lenoir-Rhyne University, we believe that all students should have the opportunity to achieve their higher education goals. Representatives are available through our Admission Office to help students find and apply for financial aid assistance and scholarships. Through the generous support of our alumni and community, LRU is able to offer almost all students who enroll some level of financial aid. Academic, merit, talent, need based, and other scholarships are also available at LRU for qualified and deserving students.

LRU FAFSA CODE: 002941

UNDERGRADUATE TUITION

Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition: $35,350
Room & Board: $12,150
Total: $47,500

Amounts are based on 2017-18 rates, and serve as an estimation. Amounts do not include: Fees, books and supplies, or personal expenses.

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GRADUATE TUITION

Graduate Programs

$575/credit hour

Amounts are based on 2017-18 rates, and serve as an estimation. Amounts do not include: Fees, books and supplies, or personal expenses.

Occupational Therapy (MS)/Dietetic Internship

$825/credit hour

Amounts are based on 2017-18 rates, and serve as an estimation. Amounts do not include: Fees, books and supplies, or personal expenses.

Physician Assistant Studies (MS)

Total Estimated Cost Related to Program: ~ $88,088

*Tuition adjustments are made yearly for each new entering cohort class. Tuition rates for each specific cohort will remain the same through the 27-month program.

Master of Divinity (MDiv), Master of Arts Religion (MAR), and Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM)

Full-Time, Full Year: $17,735 (at least 9 hours/semester)

Sacred Theology (STM)

$610/credit hour

LRU TUITION

Choose a tuition option for more information

TYPES OF AID

FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be completed annually by current and prospective college students – undergraduate and graduate - to determine their eligibility for financial aid.

PELL GRANTS

Federal Pell Grants, unlike loans, does not have to be repaid. These grants are usually awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree.

SUBSIDIZED LOANS

These need-based loans help cover the cost of higher education at four-year institutions, community college, or trade/technical school. Loan interest is paid by the federal government if enrolled at least half-time.

UNSUBSIDIZED LOANS

Not based on financial need, these loans help cover the cost of higher education at four-year institutions, community college, or trade/technical school. Interest accumulates as soon as funds are disbursed and until the loan is paid in full.

PLUS LOANS

Federal loan that parents of dependent undergraduate students can use to help pay for college or career school. PLUS loans can help pay for education expenses not covered by other financial aid.

GRAD PLUS LOANS

Available to students attending graduate or professional school, this non-need-based loan offers fixed interest rates and flexible loan limits, while allowing students to borrow up to the full annual cost of attendance minus other financial aid received.

GI BILL

Veterans benefits are used in addition to the financial aid offered by Lenoir-Rhyne.

VA VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION

Available only for qualified veterans with a service connected disability.

MILITARY DEPENDENTS EDUCATION BENEFITS

Available to spouse and/or children of a vet who is 100% permanently and totally disabled or who died after such a service-connected disability was established.

NC NEED BASED SCHOLARSHIPS

Created by the 2011 North Carolina General Assembly, this need-based program is for NC residents attending private, higher education institutions in NC. Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate for at least nine credit hours to be eligible.

FORGIVABLE EDUCATION LOANS FOR SERVICE (FELS)

FELS provide financial assistance to qualified NC resident students who commit to work in critical employment shortage professions in NC and are enrolled in an approved education program.

GOLDEN LEAF SCHOLARS

This program assists current high school seniors and NC community college transfers, and requires recipients to demonstrate financial need and merit, be from certain rural counties, and attend a participating NC college or university.

NC VETERAN CHILD SCHOLARSHIP

This is a program funded by the State of NC for dependents of NC POW’s or deceased/disabled veterans.

MILITARY TUITION ASSISTANCE (TAP)

Active duty military and current members of guard and reserve can receive up to 100% reimbursement of tuition.

CHILD OF A LUTHERAN MINISTER

Undergraduate students who have a parent that is an ordained Lutheran Minister may be eligible for a scholarship from LRU.

ENGAGED SCHOLARS

In addition to financial incentives, the Engaged Scholars program encourages undergraduate students to participate in academic development, active learning, and leadership opportunities that extend beyond the traditional classroom.

FRIENDS IN FAITH

Matching gift program through which LR will match a scholarship of up to $500 received from an undergraduate student's Lutheran church.

LEGACY SCHOLARSHIPS

Undergraduate students whose parents or grandparents are graduates of Lenoir-Rhyne may be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship – just for being a legacy.

LR SCHOLARS

Students who are accepted to LR can be considered for LR Scholars, which provides financial awards based on academic performance, GPA and test scores.

MARTIN LUTHER FELLOWS

Available exclusively for undergraduate North Carolina ELCA students, the program rewards outstanding student contributions to church and community.

PROGRAMMATIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Students who are admitted to LR during the Priority or Early Notification periods, who meet certain criteria, are invited to complete for programmatic scholarships as part of LR’s Scholarship Day competition.

PHI THETA KAPPA

Undergraduate students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa - Community College Honor Society may be eligible to receive a $1,500 scholarship through LR.

TALENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Lenoir-Rhyne recognizes the talents of its student body. Scholarships are available for students gifted in music, theatre, debate, and/or athletics.

TEACHING SCHOLARS

Scholarships of up to $5,500 per year, for four years of study, are available to qualifying students aspiring to become educators. The program also features extensive work experience in classrooms of the Hickory-area school districts.

ALUMNI ADVANTAGE

LRU graduates have the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree or take graduate level courses at a significantly discounted rate for most of the 26 graduate programs offered through its three campuses.

LR PARTNERS

Employers who become an LR Partner can offer their employees the opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree at LRU at a discounted tuition rate.

TUITION EXCHANGE

The Council of Independent Colleges and Tuition Exchange Inc. includes a network of member institutions willing to accept students, tuition-free, from families of full-time employees of other participating institutions.

COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS

Students applying for college should contact their high school advisors for other scholarship opportunities available through the community or region.

SALT

SALT, a program of the American Student Assistance designed to equip students with the necessary tools to better manage their money for college and beyond. Resources include a scholarship and internship finder, among others.

ELCA Fund for Leaders

The ELCA Fund for Leaders (FFL) helps financially support students studying at ELCA seminaries who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential and exceptional gifts for ministry.

LTSS Endowed Scholarships

LTSS Endowed Scholarships are made possible by the generosity of friends and donors of the Seminary, who are invested in encouraging and empowering our future church leaders.

Seminary Scholarships - Synod

The Lutheran Church awards scholarships to students they think will grow to become productive members of society and the church.

Seminary Scholarships - Church

Students may also find financial support through their home church. Please speak directly with your church/pastor to determine if there may be options available.

WHY WE'RE WORTH IT

"Being a part of the Student Government Association (SGA) allowed me to develop my leadership skills, and I loved being a part of a University that empowers students to implement change."

93%

of students rate their LRU experience as “good” or “great”

“I knew as an undergrad that I wanted to pursue my MBA and I was so excited to learn that I could do it in less time and for less money through LR’s Bridges to Dreams program.”

$95M

LRU's endowment, 5th largest amongst NC private institutions

86%

Percentage of faculty who hold terminal degrees

“The admissions staff at LRU has done a great job of providing financial aid and scholarship opportunities and helping to make my education affordable.”

8

Consecutive years of enrollment growth

“I am grateful for the many leadership and service opportunities I have had - I feel they have helped to shape who I am and what I want to do with my life.”

ENROLLMENT COUNSELORS

Our team of enrollment counselors are dedicated to ensuring that our prospective students have a positive experience at LRU and receive the guidance they need. Recognizing that each student has unique needs, our counselors are here to provide individualized attention. Counselors will assist with the application process, financial aid, scholarship applications, while addressing any other questions you may have.

FAQ

First FAQ

I received a scholarship when I was admitted. Is that all of the financial aid I am eligible for?

Not necessarily. We encourage all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when it becomes available (October 1st of your senior year in high school). This will help our office determine if there is any Federal, State, or other LR aid (scholarships, grants, loans, work study opportunities) for which you may be eligible.

When can I file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

You can file the FAFSA beginning October 1st of your senior year of high school. To complete the FAFSA, you will need to create a FSA ID for both you (the student) and one parent in your household. Lenoir-Rhyne will provide your financial aid award letter after you have been admitted, so be sure you have completed your application with our Admission Office.

I have my award letter, but there are items I need to complete. How do I complete them?

Most of your financial aid requirements can be completed online. Check your award letter for details about which sites to visit for each item. Since your aid may include Federal, State, and LR awards, you may need to go to multiple sites to complete all the items. You can also check your MyLR account for details if you are a returning or deposited student.

How do I accept or decline the financial aid that has been offered?

You can accept your aid simply by completing the requirements listed in your award letter. If you want to decline any aid, please contact our office to notify us of any change.

How do outside or local scholarships impact my aid?

Outside scholarships almost always stack on top of the scholarships listed in your award letter. Your total financial aid package cannot exceed our Cost of Attendance (both direct charges like tuition and indirect charges like transportation to and from the University), so if your total scholarships approach your budget, we will try to work with you and the scholarship organizations to minimize the impact to your other aid.

Do I have to apply for financial aid every year?

Yes. The FAFSA is an annual form, so your Federal and State aid may be impacted by changes in the household. Dependent upon the type of aid you receive, you may need to re-apply each year. Be sure and check with one of our financial aid counselors if you have questions.

Transfer FAQ

I received a scholarship when I was admitted. Is that all of the financial aid I am eligible for?

Not necessarily. We encourage all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when it becomes available (October 1st of your senior year in high school). This will help our office determine if there is any Federal, State, or other LR aid (scholarships, grants, loans, work study opportunities) for which you may be eligible.

When can I file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? Where do I go to do that?

You can file the FAFSA beginning October 1st of your senior year of high school. To complete the FAFSA, you will need to create a FSA ID for both you (the student) and one parent in your household. Lenoir-Rhyne will provide your financial aid award letter after you have been admitted, so be sure you have completed your application with our Admission Office.

I have my award letter, but there are items I need to complete. How do I complete them?

Most of your financial aid requirements can be completed online. Check your award letter for details about which sites to visit for each item. Since your aid may include Federal, State, and LR awards, you may need to go to multiple sites to complete all the items. You can also check your MyLR account for details if you are a returning or deposited student.

How do I accept or decline the financial aid that has been offered?

You can accept your aid simply by completing the requirements listed in your award letter. If you want to decline any aid, please contact our office to notify us of any change.

How do outside or local scholarships impact my aid?

Outside scholarships almost always stack on top of the scholarships listed in your award letter. Your total financial aid package cannot exceed our Cost of Attendance (both direct charges like tuition and indirect charges like transportation to and from the University), so if your total scholarships approach your budget, we will try to work with you and the scholarship organizations to minimize the impact to your other aid.

Do I have to apply for financial aid every year?

Yes. The FAFSA is an annual form, so your Federal and State aid may be impacted by changes in the household. Dependent upon the type of aid you receive, you may need to re-apply each year. Be sure and check with one of our financial aid counselors if you have questions.

Graduate FAQ

When can I file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

You can file the FAFSA beginning October 1st of your senior year of high school. To complete the FAFSA, you will need to create a FSA ID for both you (the student) and one parent in your household. Lenoir-Rhyne will provide your financial aid award letter after you have been admitted, so be sure you have completed your application with our Admission Office.

I have my award letter, but there are items I need to complete. How do I complete them?

Most of your financial aid requirements can be completed online. Check your award letter for details about which sites to visit for each item. Since your aid may include Federal, State, and LR awards, you may need to go to multiple sites to complete all the items. You can also check your MyLR account for details if you are a returning or deposited student.

How do I accept or decline the financial aid that has been offered?

You can accept your aid simply by completing the requirements listed in your award letter. If you want to decline any aid, please contact our office to notify us of any change.

Do I have to apply for financial aid every year?

Yes. The FAFSA is an annual form, so your Federal and State aid may be impacted by changes in the household. Dependent upon the type of aid you receive, you may need to re-apply each year. Be sure and check with one of our financial aid counselors if you have questions.

What other aid can I pursue if my Unsubsidized Loan isn’t enough to cover my costs?

You are eligible for up to $20,500 per year in the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan program, provided you remain enrolled at least half time in a degree seeking program. If you need additional aid to help with your tuition or living expenses, you could consider either a Graduate PLUS Loan or an education loan through a private lender. Both have advantages and disadvantages (for example, private loans often do not have an origination fee, while the PLUS tends to have a lower fixed interest rate), so you may need to do some research to determine which is best for you.

When is my credit balance refunded to me?

Provided your file is complete, your financial aid will disburse to your student account two weeks into the semester. From that point, Student Accounts has 14 days to make any credit balance available to you. You will want to make sure that you have appropriately completed the Title IV Credit Authorization form, which informs Student Accounts how you would like them to handle a credit balance (retain it in your student account or release the funds to you).

Adult FAQ

When can I file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

You can file the FAFSA beginning October 1st of your senior year of high school. To complete the FAFSA, you will need to create a FSA ID for both you (the student) and one parent in your household. You can also create this when you start the application. Lenoir-Rhyne will provide your financial aid award letter after you have been admitted, so be sure you have completed your application with our Admission Office.

I have my award letter, but there are items I need to complete. How do I complete them?

Most of your financial aid requirements can be completed online. Check your award letter for details about which sites to visit for each item. Since your aid may include Federal, State, and LR awards, you may need to go to multiple sites to complete all the items. You can also check your MyLR account for details if you are a returning or deposited student.

How do I accept or decline the financial aid that has been offered?

You can accept your aid simply by completing the requirements listed in your award letter. If you want to decline any aid, please contact our office to notify us of any change.

Do I have to apply for financial aid every year?

Yes. The FAFSA is an annual form, so your Federal and State aid may be impacted by changes in the household. Dependent upon the type of aid you receive, you may need to re-apply each year. Be sure and check with one of our financial aid counselors if you have questions.

When is my credit balance refunded to me?

Provided your file is complete, your financial aid will disburse to your student account two weeks into the semester. From that point, Student Accounts has 14 days to make any credit balance available to you. You will want to make sure that you have appropriately completed the Title IV Credit Authorization form, which informs Student Accounts how you would like them to handle a credit balance (retain it in your student account or release the funds to you).

Am I eligible for scholarships?

As an adult learner, you are charged differently from our full time, traditional undergraduates. Because of this, you are not eligible for LR scholarships or grants, but you may still be eligible to receive a Pell Grant and a prorated version of the NC Need Based Scholarship. All students can apply for and receive outside scholarships that can also be applied toward their tuition.