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Scholarships and Financial Aid

At PLU our goal is to create a partnership that is financially feasible for you to pursue your studies. Financial assistance from PLU, federal and state financial aid programs, student resources, payment options and careful planning help make PLU affordable.

The Charles D. York and Cheryl L. Storm Graduate Scholarships

Each year Pacific Lutheran University awards two new students in the MFT program $10,000 in scholarships. These graduate scholarships are named for individuals who have been influential in the founding and shaping of the MFT program at PLU.

The scholarships are awarded for one year, and renewed for a second year by maintaining good standing in the program demonstrated by at least a 3.0 GPA and professional suitability and demeanor. In addition, renewal is dependent upon providing an update to the committee by April 1 of the year following the award on how the scholarship has been beneficial and what the recipient has been able to accomplish by having the scholarship.

All students applying to the MFT program may apply for these scholarships.

Click here to download the application for the Charles D. York and Cheryl L. Storm Graduate Scholarships.

PLU Alumni Tuition Discount

The PLU Grant provides a 10% discount on tuition for PLU graduates who enroll in a PLU master’s level degree or approved master’s level certificate program. Restrictions apply to those students who are also PLU employees. The discount begins immediately upon admission.

MFT Graduate Fellowships

The MFT Graduate Fellowship program promotes a collaborative learning environment that encourages strong student-faculty relationships.  Paid and unpaid opportunities are offered in order to create opportunities for students to interact more frequently with faculty and to learn more about the inner workings of the program. 

These opportunities include:
• Graduate fellows assigned to programmatic projects or on-campus clinic.
• Collaboration with faculty on research projects for professional publications.
• Clinic and Program Coordinator or Assistant Coordinator positions in the on-campus clinic.

A limited number of paid fellowships are available during the academic year.  In general, paid fellowships involve time commitments of five hours per week, and a maximum award of $825.00 per semester, available only during the first two semesters.  Applications for fellowship will be provided in the admission packet.

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PLU International Graduate Student Scholarships

Full-time international graduate students can be eligible for between $4,000.00 and $7,500.00 in scholarship, renewable for the duration of the graduate program.To find out more, click here.


The Yellow Ribbon Program at PLU

Pacific Lutheran University is proud to partner with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to offer a total of 200 full-tuition, Yellow Ribbon Scholarships to qualified veterans or their dependents. PLU has rich history of working closely with the military community and is excited to provide greater access to private higher education through this important program.

The Yellow Ribbon GI Educational Enhancement Program is component of the Post-9/11 Act of 2008. This partnership between the VA and PLU offers qualified veterans or their dependents full-tuition scholarships to enter either undergraduate or graduate programs at PLU. In the coming 2010-2011 academic year, PLU will offer 150 Yellow Ribbon Scholarships to undergraduate students and 50 scholarships for graduate students.

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To see a large list of Scholarships for Service Members, click here.

Federal Financial Aid

With more than $60 billion earmarked for student loans, the federal government is committed to helping you attend graduate school. It all begins with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


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, total savings, family size, parents' age (and 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:

  • Complete the FAFSA on the Web at You will be provided a confirmation number and an opportunity to create your own Personal Identification Number (PIN) which you can use immediately to sign your application. This is the recommended and most accurate way to complete the FAFSA.
  • Request a paper FAFSA from the US Department of Education at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). Complete and mail the FAFSA using the envelope included with the form. This processing takes approximately two to four weeks.

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 summer or fall of 2011 or spring semester 2012, use the 2011-2012 FAFSA. For enrollment in summer or fall of 2012 or spring semester 2013, use the 2012-2013 FAFSA. The 2012-13 FAFSA will not be available until January 1, 2012.

  1. Apply for the Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA) PLU School Code 003785
  2. If you do not have federal PIN, Apply for a PIN - your federal signature

The information from your FAFSA application will be electronically sent to PLU's Office of Financial Aid. They will work with your Student Services Center Counselor to send you your Offer of Financial Aid.

Direct Loans

Direct Loans, from the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program, are low-interest loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education at a four-year college or university, community college, or trade, career, or technical school. Eligible students borrow directly from the U.S. Department of Education at participating schools. A maximum of $20,500 per year is available to most eligible registered graduate students. Loans may be either subsidized or unsubsidized, depending on the student’s resources. The interest rate is 6.8 percent per year, simple interest (not compound).

Direct Stafford Loans include the following types of loans:

  • Direct Subsidized Loans-Direct Subsidized Loans are for students with financial need. Your school will review the results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and determine the amount you can borrow (maximum of $8,500 per year). Awards are based on financial need, not credit worthiness. You are not charged interest while you're in school at least half-time and during deferment periods.
    1. PLEASE NOTE: DIRECT SUBSIDIZED LOANS WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE 2011-2012 ACADEMIC YEAR. The federal government will be ending the Direct Subsidized Loan program for graduate students as of the 2011-2012 academic year.
      • For gradudate students beginning or continuing their program in the summer of 2012, the subsidized loan program will still be available if the loan period begins before July 1, 2012.
      • For graduate students beginning or continuing their program in fall of 2012 or spring of 2013, the subsidized loan program will not be available, as the loan period would begin after July 1, 2012.
  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans- With Direct Unsubsidized Loans, the borrower is not required to demonstrate financial need to receive a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Like subsidized loans, your school will determine the amount you can borrow (maximum of $20,500 per year). Interest accrues (accumulates) on an unsubsidized loan from the time it's first paid out. You can pay the interest while you are in school and during grace periods and deferment or forbearance periods, or you can allow it to accrue and be capitalized (that is, added to the principal amount of your loan). If you choose not to pay the interest as it accrues, this will increase the total amount you have to repay because you will be charged interest on a higher principal amount.

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Direct PLUS Loans for Graduate and Professional Degree Students

Graduate and professional degree students can borrow a Direct PLUS Loan to help cover education expenses.

  • The terms and conditions applicable to PLUS Loans for parents also apply to PLUS Loans for graduate and professional students. These terms and conditions include: a determination that you (the applicant) do not have an adverse credit history; and
  • a fixed interest rate of 7.9% for Direct PLUS Loans.

Unlike parent PLUS applicants, you (the student applicant) are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition, before you can receive a PLUS Loan, your school must have determined your maximum eligibility for Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans.

Additional loan types provided under the Direct Loan Program, include Direct Loans (for undergraduate and graduate students), Direct PLUS Loans (for parents), and Direct Consolidation Loans (to combine federal education loan debts into a single loan).

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Outside Scholarships

Council for Graduate Schools


List of Scholarships for Service Members

List of Scholarships/Fellowships