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Undergraduate Admission

Financing Your Chapman Education

» Explore Your Financial Aid Options

Cost shouldn’t discourage you from applying. We offer various institutional awards (including merit and need-based aid) to students who qualify. In addition:

  • This year, we invested over $120 million in our students, with more than 80% of undergraduates receiving some form of aid. 
  • The average award for fall 2020 is over $28,000 per student.
  • Approximately 18% of our students are awarded Pell Grants.


Types of Aid

Most college funding comes from a variety of sources, including aid and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Below are the types of aid. For more details on funding your education, visit our Undergraduate Financial Aid website.

Merit Aid and Institutional Awards

Merit aid recognizes achievement in high school and is based on academic performance and test scores (if submitted). First-year scholarships range in amount, but can be as high as $32,000 per year.

If applying by the deadline, students are automatically considered for these awards. If earned, merit scholarship information will be included with your offer of admission.

Select admitted students will also be offered institutional awards. These include awards for first-generation and underrepresented students, as well as awards from departments and schools/colleges. You can learn more about these on our Institutional Awards page.

Federal and State Grants

You may be eligible for a federal and/or state grant to help fund your education. You can learn more about Cal Grants, Pell Grants and the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) on our Federal and State Grants webpage.

Federal Work Study

Work Study is a need-based financial aid award that allows recipients to work up to 19 hours on campus while at Chapman. You can learn more on our Work Study page.

Student Loans

Loans are a common way to help fund your undergraduate degree. Our Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid is here to help you determine your options. You can learn more on our Student Loans page.

Outside Scholarships

There are great opportunities to get additional funding through outside scholarships from individuals, companies, foundations and charitable organizations. Our Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid also frequently posts outside scholarship opportunities on their Facebook page.

Discover Financial Aid Video

In this presentation, our Director of Finacial Aid, David Carnevale, introduces you to our financial aid office and breaks down funding opportunites:


How to Apply for Financial Aid

If you’re looking to use financial aid to help pay for college, you will need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is a free, online form that will help you determine if you are eligible for student aid.

Additional Funding Resources

Depending on what type of student you are, you may have unique additional funding opportunities.

Funding for Transfer Students

Merit/academic scholarships are reserved for our most qualified transfer students. We consider GPA, progress within general education, quality of college curriculum and past/current grade patterns. Institutional awards are also open to transfer students.

Funding for International Students

International first-year and transfer students are eligible for merit-based scholarships. Merit-based scholarships are based on the applicant’s academic performance and test scores (if submitted).

Funding for Veterans and Military Dependents

Chapman University is pleased to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program of the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. To learn more about resources for veterans and dependents, visit the Veterans Resource Center’s Financial Resources page.

Funding for Undocumented Students

Every applicant to Chapman is considered for merit aid, regardless of citizenship. Additional financial assistance may still be granted to those who qualify, and undocumented students that reside in California may qualify for a Cal Grant via the DREAM Act.

You can learn more about applying for a Cal Grant, and other funding options, on our Resources for Undocumented Applicants page.

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