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The Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (LFGSM) is committed to helping all qualified students make their goal of pursuing an LFGSM degree a reality.  Our admissions team and financial aid office will work with you to give you the guidance and resources you need whether you are a prospective student, a current student, or an alumni.

We can help you save time and money

Financial aid can be made up of need based scholarships, merit based scholarships, student loans and financial support from your employer. We work with you to find the right combination of these. Additionally we work with you to review your current credentials and past learning so that we can determine if any courses can be waived.

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+ Tuition and Fees

To estimate the cost of graduate school tuition for our graduate business programs, here are the costs for 2017-2018 academic year.

Tuition Costs Per Course $3,510
Number of Courses Required to Graduate: MBA 16*
Number of Courses Required to Graduate: MSM & MSPL 14*
Average Textbook Costs Per Course $110

For more information about tuition and fees, please contact the LFGSM Business Office.

*The number of courses are subject to change based on certification credit, tuition credit and prior experience credit.

+ Scholarships

Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (LFGSM) understands the importance of making education affordable. Through many generous donations from alumni and our larger business community, LFGSM offers students scholarships to help with tuition costs. Whether you are a nurse working towards your MBA or are someone with outstanding leadership skills working towards your MSPL, we will help you find the scholarship that is right for you.

+ Tuition Assistance Grant

Candidates who are not eligible to receive tuition assistance from their employer are eligible for a Tuition Assistance Grant in the amount of $3,510. Tuition Assistance Grants are awarded in the form of tuition credit and are disbursed equally over your degree program.

Speak with an Admissions Manager to Learn More.

+ Federal Financial Aid

If you are a US citizen or permanent resident, you are eligible to apply for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan or a Direct PLUS Loan. The Federal Direct Loan and Direct PLUS Programs (formally known as the Grad PLUS Loans) provides low-interest loans to US citizens pursuing graduate education.

To apply for federal financial assistance, you must submit the following:

+ Certifications and Course Waivers

Your expertise should mean something for your degree. LFGSM values the hard work you've put in to your career and acknowledges your professional certifications by offering course waivers for each credential you hold. Find out which of your credentials could qualify for course waivers and begin building on the knowledge and expertise you already have.

Speak with an Admissions Manager to Learn More

+ Private Loans

Many US citizens, permanent residents, and international students finance their graduate educations with credit-based education loans. Private loans are a good option for students with strong credit or those who do not qualify for federal loans.

All students are encouraged to seek lenders offering loans with the most favorable terms. Here is a short list of lenders our students currently use:

  • Baxter Credit Union
    340 N. Milwaukee Ave
    Vernon Hills, IL 60061
    Contact: Lidya Garcia, 847-932-8831
  • Discover Student Loans
    2500 Lake Cook Road
    Riverwoods, IL 60015
    Contact: 1-800-STUDENT
  • Sallie Mae
    P.O. Box 9435
    Wilkes-Barre, PA 18773-9435
    Contact: 888-272-5543

+ Tuition Reimbursement Benefits

Companies often provide financial assistance to employees pursuing education to advance their careers. You may want to contact your employer to determine whether you are eligible for tuition reimbursement benefits. Each company has a different process and approval timeline for tuition reimbursements, so its important to keep this in mind when looking at financial aid options. Tuition reimbursement will be included in the determination of your federal financial need. 

+ ASSIST Program for Current Students

The ASSIST (Assistance for Students in Sudden Transition) Program offers financial support to help students who have experienced sudden, unexpected job loss. Career coaching and job-search resources are included to help students rebound quickly. For more information, contact Student Services at 847-574-5158.

+ Veterans Benefits

LFGSM is approved by the Illinois State Approving Agency for educational aid under the G.I. Bill (including the Yellow Ribbon Program) to eligible veterans. Students must to provide their DD214 along with their Certificate of Eligibility to the school. The Certificate of Eligibility may be obtained through the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Customer Service Office, available 24 hours a day at 888-442-4551. For additional information, contact the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Customer Service Office, or the LFGSM Financial Aid office.

+ Alumni Tuition Benefit

Recognizing the value of lifelong learning, LFGSM offers alumni the opportunity to pursue most graduate-level coursework at a reduced tuition rate. Non-degree seeking alumni receive a 50% tuition discount on graduate degree program courses. Alumni seeking to earn a subsequent graduate degree at LFGSM receive a 25% tuition discount on courses taken toward the new degree. Materials and other fees are charged at the published price.