FAQs

What does it cost to attend LCU?

Start HERE at The Financial Aid page to learn about LCU’s tuition and fees rates, and HERE for scholarship and aid options.

What’s the deal with FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an online information form offered by the federal government, and must be completed and submitted to LCU in order for the student to be considered for financial aid.

To apply for the FAFSA, you must first create an FSA ID for the U.S. Department of Education. You can create a new FSA ID HERE.

The FAFSA website is HERE. The government opens FAFSA on October 1 for the following school year.

LCU’s FAFSA school code is 001708.

What if my taxes are not completed by the college’s deadline to apply for aid?

LCU does not have a hard deadline to apply for financial aid, however it is possible certain scholarship funds are accounted for and not available later in the year. The PELL and MAP Grants are government-funded, and those funds are not infinite. The earlier you can apply for the FAFSA, the better. Most schools, including LCU, will permit you to use a tax estimate to file the FAFSA. However, you will have to provide completed federal income tax information before actual awards are offered.

What if I’m applying but don’t yet know which college I’m going to attend?

Not a problem. You can list multiple schools on the FAFSA, and each school will receive an Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR).

How soon should I expect to hear from LCU regarding financial aid once I’ve submitted my FAFSA?

LCU receives the ISIR approximately 48 hours after you submit your FAFSA. For students who have applied and been accepted for admission, we will send out a financial aid offer letter as soon as possible, generally starting in late fall. If you have received an LCU acceptance letter and also submitted your FAFSA, feel free to contact Enrollment Services for information regarding financial aid.

When is the bill due to pay for classes?

Tuition and fees may be paid in full before the first day of classes each semester (click HERE for more details), or you may select a payment plan (click HERE for options). Each bill must be paid in full by the end of each semester in order to register for classes for the next semester.

Are there on-campus employment options for students?

Yes! We call it iServe, and it offers a myriad of on-campus job options for students to take advantage of during their time at LCU. More information on student employment HERE. New students are free to apply for iServe positions after they have registered for classes. The iServe jobs list and application is generally circulated each summer.

Can I get a refund if I withdraw from classes?

There are times when students choose to withdraw from a class. Click HERE to read LCU’s undergraduate refund policy.

Where can I find consumer information?

In compliance with federal regulations, consumer information reports about LCU is available HERE for enrolled and prospective students.

Who can I contact with financial aid questions?

Investing in higher education will have a lasting impact on your life. We want you to secure the financial assistance you need to complete all your educational goals here at LCU. Financial assistance is available through federal, state, private, and LCU funds, and LCU is one of the least expensive four-year schools in Illinois and the entire Midwest.

Questions? Give us a call at 217-732-3168 or email Enrollment Services. We’re happy to help!