Santa Clara University

Admitted Undergraduate Students

Paying for SCU

Financial Aid

After you have applied for financial aid and received an award, the next step is to review your award letter online and either accept or decline aid. Your award letter outlines what financial aid you are eligible to receive. It also estimates the total cost of attending Santa Clara for the 2015-16 academic year, including tuition and other school-related expenses.

Tuition, Room & Board, and Other Costs

Information for the 2015-16 academic year will be available February 2015. For informational purposes, tuition for the 2014-15 academic year was $43,812. The cost of room and board was $12,921. A reasonable budget for books, supplies, transportation and personal expenses was estimated to be $4,905.

For a complete list of fees, see the Undergraduate Fees Schedule on the Bursar's website, and for additional information regarding other pertinent fees and costs to attending Santa Clara, visit the Cost of Attendance webpage.

How to Accept/Decline Your Aid

  1. Sign into eCampus, under "Finances" select "View/Print Award Letter"
  2. Select the "View" link to access your award
  3. Select the tab labeled "Accept/Decline Awards" at the bottom of the page
  4. Select the "2016" academic aid year
  5. Read the Statement of Education Purpose and select the "I Agree" tab
  6. Check all aid that you wish to accept or decline and select the "Submit" tab
  7. Select "Yes" to continue with submission
  8. Select "OK"

If you will be using loans, look for the loan products that will be most economical. You should first start with the federal student loan(s), which may have been offered in your award letter.

The Federal Direct Loan(s), which may have been offered in your award letter, offers better interest rates and repayment terms than other options and does not require good credit. In many cases, this loan is subsidized during your enrollment at Santa Clara University.

Another loan you and your family may consider is the Federal Direct PLUS Loan.  Through this program, your parent may borrow an annual amount up to the cost of attendance less any financial aid accepted.

How to Get Loans

If you are a first-time recipient of a Federal Direct Loan, you must complete both entrance counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) before you can receive your federal loans.

Steps to complete the Entrance Counseling

  1. Go to
  2. Sign in by selecting the "Sign In" button
  3. Enter your identifying information.
    a. Your Social Security Number.
    b. First 2 letters of your last name.
    c. Your date of birth.
    d. Your FSA PIN
  4. Choose "Complete Entrance Counseling"
  5. Complete the entrance counseling and results will be sent electronically to Santa Clara University 

Steps to complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN)

  1. Go to
  2. Sign in by selecting the "Sign In" button
  3. Enter your identifying information
    a. Your Social Security number
    b. First 2 letters of your last name
    c. Your date of birth
    d. Your FSA PIN
  4. Choose "Complete Master Promissory Note"
  5. Select "Subsidized/Unsubsidized" for "the type of loan you would like to receive"
  6. Complete the Subsidized/Unsubsidized MPN
    a. You will need to list two personal references. You will need first and last name, middle initial, complete address, telephone number and their relationship to you. Your parent should be one reference. The two references must live at different addresses.
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