Financial Aid

Frequently Asked Questions

After You've Applied

If I am an early decision candidate, when will I receive my financial aid package?
If you submit your application material on time, you will receive a "preliminary" financial aid award with your letter of admission. If you are admitted as an early decision candidate, you will not be required to make your admission decision until you have received and reviewed your financial aid package. However, it is important that you subsequently provide accurate and official information as soon as possible to finalize your award. You are not guaranteed financial aid if you miss any deadlines.

When will I receive my financial aid award notification?
All students must adhere to published deadlines. For incoming freshman and transfers: if you submit your financial aid application materials on time, you will receive a financial aid notification in your admission packet. For returning students: if you completed your file on time, you will be notified early summer that you can view your financial aid award via Net Partner. Your financial aid award may be delayed if you fail to complete your financial aid application by our April 15 deadline. Returning students completing their financial aid files after May 1 will be subject to penalty assessments.

Is my financial aid renewable?
Each year students must re-apply for financial aid. Changes to the cost of attendance as well as changes in your family's financial circumstances can affect your eligibility each year. Whenever possible, CMC strives to maintain student award levels from year to year while working within federal, state, and institutional policies and regulations.

What is work-study?

Work-study allows students with financial need an opportunity to make money for educational expenses through part-time work. Students with work-study are eligible to work on- or off-campus, up to 20 hours per week when school is in session, and earn up to the total amount of their work-study award. Work-study can only be earned at jobs that are designated work-study jobs. You can learn more about work-study at the work-study section of our website.

How do I get a work-study job?

The Claremont McKenna College Office of Financial Aid does not assign work-study jobs—you must apply for them! On- and Off-campus jobs can be found by visiting the Career Services Center webpage at Simply click on the link and you will be able to view both on and off-campus work-study positions.