College Access & Affordability

Lenoir-Rhyne Promise

Make access to a college degree accessible and affordable.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Promise (LR Promise) is a Lenoir-Rhyne University program focused on making college more accessible and affordable while recognizing the academic achievements of high-performing students. The LR Promise rewards first-year undergraduate students who have a minimum 3.5 high school GPA at the time of admission with a financial aid package worth at least 50 percent of the cost of tuition. No student or parent loans are packaged as part of the LR Promise.

The LR Promise is also open to transfer undergraduate students who are transferring from an accredited community college and have more than 30 earned credit hours from that institution and a 3.5 GPA at time of admission at LR.

The LR Promise was first awarded to students enrolling in fall 2020 and does not apply to students who began enrollment prior to that term. However, financial aid staff are always happy to meet with students to review their financial aid package and make adjustments as appropriate.


  • Full-time North Carolina resident (at time of admittance)
  • High school weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher at time of admission for first-year students.
  • Transfer students must have a college GPA of 3.5 or higher at time of admission with a minimum of 30 attempted college credit hours from their institution.
  • Students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). No separate application form is required. All students who meet the qualifications at time of admission will automatically be part of the program.

Financial Aid Package

The total financial aid package for each student will vary and may be comprised of institutional, federal, and state grants and scholarships. If at least half the cost of tuition is not met, then additional funds will be added to the financial aid package to total half the cost of tuition. Any external scholarships awarded to students will not be counted toward half the cost of tuition. No loans are packaged as part of the LR Promise.

Tuition for the 2021-22 academic year is $41,500 for a full-time undergraduate student, meaning a student who qualifies for the LR Promise would receive financial aid of at least $20,750.

Standard room and board for the 2021-22 academic year is an additional $12,800, which includes unlimited meals in the on-campus cafeteria and free laundry services. Fees, books, supplies and personal expenses are not covered in the discount tuition.

Everick Sullivan

LR students have access to opportunities for a transformative education thanks to the generosity of our alumni and supporters of the university.

Everick Sullivan, Men's Basketball Head Coach

Annual Renewal

LR Promise is renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) at the initial amount if a student remains in good standing with the university.


At this time, LR Promise is only available to full-time undergraduate first-year and transfer students from North Carolina community colleges who meet the requirements for the program. LR Promise is not available to graduate students or adult learners.