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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: $39,900
Room & Board: $12,700
Total: $52,600

*Adult Learner Undergraduate Tuition: $650 per credit hour

Amounts are based on 2020-21 rates, and serve as an estimation. Amounts do not include: Fees, books and supplies, or personal expenses.

LR is supported by many community partners who offer discounts and benefits to our students. A complete list can be found on the Community Partners page.

* Adult Learner students are charged tuition at a discounted rate in lieu of institutional aid provided they remain registered for less than 13 credit hours. If you are interested in enrolling in 13 or more credit hours per semester, please speak with your enrollment counselor.
 

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GRADUATE TUITION

Graduate Programs

$650/credit hour

Amounts are based on 2020-21 rates, and serve as an estimation. Amounts do not include: Fees, books and supplies, or personal expenses.

LR is supported by many community partners who offer discounts and benefits to our students. A complete list can be found on the Community Partners page.

Occupational Therapy (MS)/Dietetic Internship

$930/credit hour

Amounts are based on 2020-21 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: ~ $94,000

*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.
 

FNP/DNP

500-level courses are $650/credit hour
600-level courses are $930/credit hour

Amounts are based on 2020-21 rates, and serve as an estimation. Amounts do not include: Fees, books and supplies, or personal expenses.

Master of Divinity (MDiv), Master of Theological Studies (MTS), and Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM)

Full-Time, Full Year: $19,090 (at least 9 hours/semester)

Sacred Theology (STM)

$670/credit hour

LRU TUITION

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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, do 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.

LENOIR-RHYNE PROMISE

A financial aid program that rewards North Carolina residents with a minimum financial aid package worth at least half of the cost of tuition.

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.

NC ASSIST LOAN

The NC Assist Loan is an alternative education loan available to in-state and out-of-state students attending NC schools.

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.

PRIVATE LOANS

Options are available for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as parents, looking for an alternative or a supplement to federal loans.

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

The Alumni Advantage allows LR alumni to earn a master's degree at a discounted rate.

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.

Scholarship Universe

Scholarship Universe, a product of Campuslogic, is a tool designed to assist students with researching and applying for outside scholarships to be used toward university tuition cost.

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."

91%

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.”

99%

Undergraduate students who receive financial aid

88%

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.”

10

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.”

BROOKE HELLER

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.

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