Financial Aid

Claremont McKenna College is fully committed to fostering a campus with a diverse student body. At CMC, a family's ability to pay should not be a barrier to admission. The Office of Financial Aid is dedicated to helping students and parents manage their cost at CMC.

The price of higher education can be costly. CMC recognizes this and encourages all eligible students to apply for financial assistance. CMC is committed to meeting 100% of a student’s demonstrated financial need utilizing a combination of need-based grants, student employment, and minimal loans.

CMC practices a need-blind admissions policy, which applies to all U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and DACA or undocumented students, meaning that a family's financial need will not negatively influence the student's admission decision. The policy encourages domestic students from all socioeconomic backgrounds to apply to CMC. Although there are some limitations, we do encourage you to use our Net Price Calculator tools to estimate your cost at CMC.

Merit-based scholarships are not need-based and are awarded by the Office of Admission. For more information, please contact the Office of Admission.

Private outside scholarships must be reported to CMC and will be coordinated into your financial aid package. Please mail any outside scholarships you receive to the CMC Office of Financial Aid mailing address: 888 Columbia Ave. Claremont, California 91711-6425.


Nearly half of all CMC students receive financial aid


  Need-blind for U.S. citizen and permanent residents, and meets 100% of demonstrated financial need