Financial Aid

Managing Your Account

Current PLU students have access to financial aid, student account and registration information on Banner Web 24/7.  You are encouraged to use Banner Web to manage your student account information, register for your upcoming semester and view your course schedule and academic record.  Your financial aid award is accessible on Banner web, where you can accept or decline your financial aid award offer.  Messages pertaining to your award or revisions to that award are also posted, as well as outstanding requirements necessary to continue processing of your aid offer.  Your status in meeting the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy is also posted at the end of each academic year.  To go to your Banner Web account, click here.

You may view a record of your Federal Direct Loans, Federal Graduate PLUS Loans, Federal Perkins Loans and Federal Stafford Loans at the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).

Financial  Literacy at PLU

Whether you are seeking a Bachelor’s, Master’s or professional degree, completing college is crucial to greater earning power. In fact, the average Bachelor’s degree holder earns over 61% more than the average high school graduate.  Those numbers rise even higher for graduate and professional degree holders.

Updated August 17, 2013

How much is higher education worth in cold hard money? A college master’s degree is worth $1.3 million more in lifetime earnings than a high school diploma, according to a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau     http://usgovinfo.about.com

The promise of greater earning power, however, can be severely marred by poor financial decisions while in college.  This outcome is preventable if students become educated and active in their personal financial literacy practices.   It is not sufficient to simply understand the concepts of financial literacy.  Students must learn how to put their knowledge to use, and enter into the work environment with the ability to budget finances, borrow funds effectively, repay loans, and invest.

PLU’s Financial Aid Office recommends that each student take an active role toward enhancing their financial literacy by participating in the opportunities made available during their time on campus.  While specific opportunities will be announced throughout the year, you can “start smart” by:

“Liking” our PLU Financial Aid Page on Facebook.

  • https://www.facebook.com/PLUFinancialAid
  • Our Facebook page will provide links to necessary forms, and post notifications of important information and upcoming deadline dates and workshop opportunities.

Investigating one or all of the free financial literacy websites listed below:

IGRAD website:  http://www.igrad.com/

  • This site offers calculators and budgeting worksheets,
  • Financial literacy resources and library
  • Job search by college degree
  • Videos on personal finance and student loans
  • Video to walk you through the FAFSA

CashCourse website: http://www.cashcourse.org/

  • Funded by the National Endowment for Financial Education
  • It’s easy to use. CashCourse offers you a customizable set of tools so you can make decisions that fit your life.
  • It’s free from commercial ties. You can trust that the information on CashCourse is independent and noncommercial, and that they’ll never try to advertise any products or services to you.

101 Financial website: http://www.101financial.com/

  • 101 Financial has developed a simple-to-use money management educational system that puts you in the driver’s seat and in total control of your financial life.
  • This system will teach both students and graduates how to organize their financial life, how to pay off  debt in the shortest possible time, and how to build a positive credit history.

Please check out these websites and vote for your favorite by posting your thoughts to our Facebook page.

Looking for your 2014-15 Financial Aid Award?

Financial aid awards for PLU students returning for the 2014-15 academic year are expected to be released on April 18, 2014 for those students whose FAFSA was received by the March 14 priority filing deadline.  In order for the PLU Financial Aid Office to receive your FAFSA by March 14, your application should be successfully processed by the federal processor by March 1.  Applications processed after this date may not meet the priority deadline which could result in a later release date.  You will receive an email notification, directing you to your Banner Web account when your award is ready for viewing.   Please refer to the 2014 Financial Aid Newsletter for more information and to learn about changes to the application process and financial aid programs that are scheduled to take effect for 2014-15.