Office ofFinancial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid:

Making sense of the application process for financial aid.

  1. Apply for admission to the university, 
  2. Obtain a Personal Identification number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov.  This PIN will be used as your electronic signature when completing your FAFSA application.
  3. Fill out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov and enter the PLU school code: 003785.  Submit the FAFSA by January 31 to ensure optimal financial aid awarding.  If your FAFSA does not accurately reflect your family's financial situation due to a recent job loss or reduction in earnings, you may communicate this change to us by completing the Special Circumstances Request Form.
  4. Upon receipt of your FAFSA information and confirmation that you have been admitted into the university, the Financial Aid Office will generate a financial aid award.  We will send you a paper copy of your aid offer, along with a guide and any documents necessary to complete your application.
  5. If offered and accepting the Federal Direct Loan(s), do an electronic loan application, and if necessary, an entrance interview at www.studentloans.gov.
  6. If offered and accepting federal work-study, complete the I-9 and W-2 forms with Student EmploymentLocate a job and complete the hiring process with an on-campus employer.
  7. If offered and accepting state work-study, locate a job and complete hiring process with an off-campus employer.
  8. If accepting a Federal Nursing or Perkins Loan, complete entrance interview and promissory note when notified by the PLU Loan Office.
  9. If you are a new student, pay your tuition deposit, which secures your seat in the entering class and allows you to register for classes.
  10. Register for class, which generates a bill for tuition and fees.