Financial Aid


To apply for federal and state financial aid, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). An analysis of your FAFSA determines how much you and your family can afford to contribute to your education. A variety of factors are taken into account: family income, available assets, family size, parents’ age (which calculates their need to save for retirement) and the number of siblings in college at the same time.

How to submit a FAFSA

You may submit the FAFSA in one of two ways:

  • Electronically:  Complete the FAFSA on the Web at . You will be required to create your own Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID and password, which you can use immediately as your electronic signature for the FAFSA.  This is the recommended and most accurate way to complete the FAFSA.  As the name indicates, this application is free of charge.  If you are being asked to submit a payment, you are in the wrong website and not in the free federal website.
  • Paper: Download and complete a PDF FAFSA and mail it to Federal Student Aid Programs, P.O. Box 4692, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864-4692. You may also request a paper FAFSA by calling the US Dept of Education at 1-800-433-3243 or 319-337-5665. If you are hearing impaired, contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913.  Processing of a paper FAFSA takes approximately three to four weeks and experience a higher error rate as the on-line edits, skip logic and error messages are not available when submitting a paper application.

When completing the FAFSA, be sure to indicate that you want the results of your analysis sent to PLU (use code 003785). Keep copies of everything you submit.

Which application to use

To receive financial assistance for enrollment in the summer or fall of 2016 or spring semester 2017, the 2016-17 FAFSA must be completed.   The 2017-18 FAFSA will be  available October 1, 2016 at

Getting Help with your FAFSA

The Financial Aid Office staff will be available to assist you in completing the on-line version of the FAFSA at the following times and locations.  You are welcome to attend any of these events.  (This schedule will be updated as dates and sites are added, so check back often.)

January 6, 2016:  5:30PM  – 6:30 PM at Wilson High School, Computer Lab/Counseling Center, 1202 N. Orchard, Tacoma, WA  98406.

January 6, 2016: 6:00 PM at Rogers High School, 12801 86th Ave E., Puyallup, WA  98373

January 7, 2016: 6PM – 8PM at Lincoln High School Library, 701 S. 37th St., Tacoma, WA 98418

January 12, 2016:  5:00 PM to 7:00PM at Clover Park High School, Library, 11023 Gravelly Lk Dr SW, Lakewood, WA 98499

January 13, 2016: 6:30PM to 8:30PM at Mt. Tahoma High School, 4634 South 74th St., Tacoma, WA 98409.

January 13, 2016: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Bethel High School, 22215 38th Avenue East, Spanaway, WA 98387

January 20, 2016:  6:00PM at Franklin Pierce High School,  11002 18th Ave. E. Tacoma, WA  98445

Hands-on assistance with your FAFSA is available at College Goal Sunday events around the state.  For dates, times and locations, go to the College Goal Sunday, Washington website.