Scholarships & Financial AidScholarships & Financial Aid

Scholarships & Financial Aid

We all worry about cost. That’s why Lees-McRae College has launched a groundbreaking tuition guarantee program for students. This program is designed to ensure affordability while helping you plan your school expenses.

Lees-McRae College is one of the most affordable private colleges, with tuition costs 10 percent less than other private institutions in North Carolina. In addition, the College awards $14 million annually in institutional scholarships and grants and helps facilitate more than $25 million in financial aid. That equates to an average Lees-McRae scholarship of $12,471 and an average financial aid package of $22,736.


Financial Aid Timeline

The process of applying for financial aid can be overwhelming the first time. We realize this and would like to assure you that we can help you through the process. The most important step is to be familiar with the FAFSA Application (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is completed online at and will serve as your application for all federal, state and institutional financial aid. Your FAFSA will be processed by the federal government, shared with the state governments and then forwarded to the colleges you list on the application.

Lees-McRae College should be listed on your FAFSA along with our school code of 002939. The LMC priority filing deadline is April 15. Once Lees-McRae College receives the results of your FAFSA, your individual file will be reviewed and a financial aid package prepared specifically for you.

Packaging usually begins by March 1st of each year and continues on a rolling basis throughout the summer. After reviewing the package, you have the opportunity to accept or reject each individual type of assistance being offered. Below is a timeline that will help keep you on task as you progress through the next several months.

September - June
Apply for Admission to Lees-McRae College. Be sure to include ACT/SAT test scores and your official high school transcripts. Pay your $250 enrollment deposit. This enrollment deposit is applied toward your first semester’s tuition payment and is refundable until May 1.

October - May
We strongly encourage you to pursue private funding through scholarship search tools online.
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After January 1
File the 2016-17 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) using 2015 federal tax returns. Complete the FAFSA online at Be sure to include the LMC school code of 002939.

Late February - July
Additional information may be requested by the LMC Office of Financial Aid in order to complete your financial aid package. Once we have all the necessary items to complete your file, we will provide you with a Financial Aid Award Notification which will outline all the sources of funding for which you are eligible. Financial Aid Award Notifications and all related paperwork must be signed and returned to the Office of Financial Aid within two weeks of receipt.

May 1
Confirm your intended enrollment and make the $250 enrollment deposit if you haven’t already done so.

June - July
Summer Orientation and Registration takes place which allows you to choose your classes for the coming year, see your residence hall and become more acclimated to our campus.

Loan processing begins in the Office of Financial Aid and invoices for the fall semester are sent from our Student Accounts Office.

The fall semester payment is due.

Fall orientation and fall classes begin.

Late November
Invoices for the spring semester are sent by our Student Accounts Office.

Early December
The spring semester payment is due.

January - February
A renewal FAFSA must be filed for the next academic year.