Summer Sessions

FAQS

Admission ClassificationsExceptions (courses requiring permission to enroll)General InformationPayments of Tuition and FeesPolicy of the UniversityRegistration, Grades, and TranscriptsTuition and Refund Policy

Admission Classifications

What is a non-matriculated student?
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Undergraduate and graduate non-matriculated students are classified as attending PLU part-time for a maximum of nine semester hours, but not officially admitted to the university or to a graduate-level degree program.

Students who attend other educational institutions and not yet accepted to PLU are classified as non-matriculate. These students are required to submit the Summer Session Application Form and are registered through the Summer Session Office.

However, students who have been accepted at PLU for the following Fall Term are classified also as non-matriculate if taking a summer course before official entrance to the university. These students are registered through the Student Services Center in Hauge Administration Building, Room 104.

What are the maximum hours allowed in summer for a non-matriculated student?
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Non-matriculated students are permitted to take up to a maximum of nine semester hours at PLU.

PLU will only accept up to nine semesters if a student is officially admitted to the university.

How does a non-matriculate student transfer the PLU hours back to the home institution?
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Non-matriculated students attending PLU Summer Session are required to verify whether or not the course hours will transfer to their home college/university.

PLU now offers the convenience of ordering your official transcripts online with a major credit card through the National Student Clearinghouse secure site, at www.studentclearinghouse.org.

Online transcript request are charged $5.00 for each transcript with a $2.25 handling fee for each order.  The site will walk you though placing your order, including delivery options. You can order as many transcripts as you like in a single session. Order updates will be emailed to you and you can track your order online.

A form is provided in the Student Services Center office if ordering official transcripts in person. Cash, check, or money orders (made out to PLU) are accepted as payment.

 Students may speak with Ellen Hodge, transcript coordinator, at 253.535.7133 for further information.

As a continuing PLU student, how do I register?
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Undergraduate and graduate PLU students will register online through the Banner Web. Continuing students receive notification of an appointment time to register each term.

I am a newly-admitted student for the Fall semester, may I take a summer course?
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Students who are newly-admitted for the following Fall term may take a summer course. However, you must contact the Office of Admission on your intent to enroll in a summer course prior to your matriculation in the Fall semester.

Contact the Office of Admission at 253.535.7151 or by fax at 253.535.5136 or by email at admission@plu.edu.

Students who wish to take a summer course prior to matriculation at PLU will be registered through the Student Services Center.

As a non-PLU student, how do I seek admission to the university?
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If you wish to become an undergraduate or graduate student at PLU, contact the Office of Admission at 253.535.7151 or 1.800.274.5678. Go the the Office of Admission website at www.plu.edu/admission for further information.

Exceptions (courses requiring permission to enroll)

Independent Study
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Independent study, cooperative education, and studio projects required an Independent Study card. The signature of the course instructor and the department chair or dean is required. The Independent Study card should be returned to the Office of the Registrar no later than the last day to add a class for the term.

Audit
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A student who audits a course will not receive any credit, but will be billed for the course. To audit a course, completed the add/drop form with the instructor's signature and return it to the Student Services Center in Hauge Administration Building 104.

Courses that Require Approval
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Some courses require approval of the instructor, chair, or dean in order to take the course. For instance, capstones, internships, practicum are examples of course requiring special approval. Complete the add/drop form and acquire the required signatures and return the form to the Student Services Center.

If taking a course as independent study, but not in class, the Pink Independent Study card is used.

Course Load Exceptions
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To register for more than five credits in one summer term requires at least 3.00 grade point average or the consent of the Registrar. Download the Course Overload form and return the form to the Student Services Center.

General Information

How is parking handled in the summer?
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In the summer, a student does not have to register a car with Campus Safety.

Parking is easiest in the parking lot along Park Avenue between Garfield and Wheeler Streets, located across from the library. Parking is also available on the lower campus at 10th Avenue by the Morken Center and Facilities Management.

As a free service, Campus Safety provides escorts to PLU commuters at all hours to all sites on campus and to specially-designated off-campus locations. For further information, please call Campus Safety's non-emergency line at 253.535.7441.

Where may I buy books and supplies at PLU?
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The Garfield Book Company (PLU Bookstore) sells all academic textbooks and supplies. The store is stocked full of school supplies, computer software, and is the single best source for PLU clothing and gear. A Scandinavian and Free Trade section is also available at the bookstore.

The Garfield Book Company is located at the corner of Pacific Hwy and Garfield Street, next door to Farrell's restaurant.

How do I acquire a student ID Card?
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ID cards, dubbed "LuteCards" are made at the Campus Concierge desk in the University Center. Bring proof of identity to have your picture taken and a card issued to you. Non-matriculated students will be required to have their student ID number with them as well.

It is important that you have a valid LuteCard to cash checks on campus, print from a library computer, use a student photocopy machine, check books out of the library, access any computer lab, and use "swipes" from your Lute Card if you have purchased a meal plan.

For further questions, contact the Concierge Desk at 253.535.7411.

Where may I buy food while on campus?
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The university provides the following places to purchase food:

The Commons is the main campus restaurant and is located in the University Center. The Tahoma Bakery and Cafe is located in the Columbia Center on the lower campus.

The Old Main Market is located on the main floor of the University center.

The Kelley Cafe is located on the lower campus in the Morken Center.

Hauge Espresso Cart is located in the Hauge Administration Building .

All locations accept Dining Dollars, LuteBuck$, Cash, and VISA/MasterCard.

As a commuter student, are there places for me to relax and study?
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There are several lounges on the campus.

The University Center has an open lounge on the lower level beneath and behind the stairwell area.

Lounges especially designed for off-campus students are found on the upper-level of the Hauge Administration Building, the first floor of the Rieke Science Center, the main lounge of Hinderlie hall, and the University Gallery in Ingram Hall.

How do I make a phone call on campus?
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If you are calling from and to a PLU phone number while on campus, simply dial the last four digits of the phone number.

If you are calling from a non-PLU phone, dial the entire number, for example, 535.7114. You do not need to dial the area code if calling locally.

If you are trying to call out on a PLU phone, you must first dial "9" then the phone number. For example, 9.867.555.4500.

How can I fax or copy a document on campus?
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Copy machines are available for student use in the Mortvedt Library, the Rieke Science Center, and across from the Concierge desk in the University Center. each machine is equipped with a kiosk at which you would swipe your LuteCard to pay for the copies. Money may be added to your LuteCard at the Concierge desk, the bookstore or at the LuteCard Web site. Copies cost .06 cents per page.

A fax machine (#253.535.7315) for students is available behind the front desk of the Mortvedt Library. Cost is .50 cents to receive a page, $2 to send a page domestically, and $4 to send a page internationally.

You are required to put your own phone number on the fax form for all transmittals in order to ensure that the library will be able to contact you regarding information about the fax.

Where can I cash a check or find an ATM?
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Personal checks (between $5 and $50) may be chased at the Cashier's Desk in the Business Office located in the Hauge Administration Building. You must have a valid PLU ID. the Cashier's Desk is open business days from 8:00am until 4:fpm.

PLU's on-campus Wells Fargo ATM is located in the upper level of the University Center. Bank Cards are accepted from U.S. Bank, Key Bank, Seattle First, Pacific First, Security Pacific Bank, Armed Forces Financial Network, and all cards from CIRRUS, The Exchange, PLUS, and ACCEL systems, as well as VISA and MasterCard.

Payments of Tuition and Fees

What are the available payment options for tuition?
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Please note: There are no refunds for tuition and fees during Summer Session.

Students may choose to make student account payments in the following ways:

Online: Student and authorized payers may visit the Student Accounts web page at www.plu.edu/payments to make online payments by selecting the "Make a Payment" link. If you have the PLU ID and Banner Pin, select the "Make a Payment on mY own Account" option, login to Self-Service, select Student Services, then Student Accounts and click on "Make a Payment" link.

If you are a non-matriculated student or do NOT have the Banner Pin, please select the "Make a Payment on Behalf of Someone Else" option. To make a payment using this option, you must have or know the student's PLU ID.

Online payments may be made in the form of electronic check (new feature) or credit card. Credit cards are subject to a 2.5% convenience fee. There is no additional fee for electronic check payments. The University currently accepts American Express, Discover, and MasterCard for payments to student accounts.

In-Person/Drop Box: Payment may be made in the form of cash; personal, business, or cashier's check; or money order at the PLU Business Office in the Hauge Administration Building, Room 110. After hours, payment may be left in the locked drop box, located outside the Business Office.

Mail: Mail payments will the billing statement remittance stub to Pacific Lutheran University, Attn: Business Office Cashier, 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98447. Payments by mail may be made in the form of personal, business, or cashier's check; or money order. Checks should be made payable to Pacific Lutheran University. Please do not mail cash.

Phone: Phone payments may be made by calling the PLU interactive Voice Response System at 877.787.0661. Payments may be made in the form of electronic check or credit card. Credit card payments are subject to a 2.5% convenience fee. There is no additional fee for electronic check payments. The University currently accepts American Express, Discover, and MasterCard for payments to student accounts.

Wire: Payments may be made via wire by contracting the Student Accounts office at 253.535.7115 or acctsrec@plu.edu to obtain wiring instructions.

Please visit www.plu.edu/payments for additional payment information and options.

Is there a fee to pay online?
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There is no fee if you pay for E-Check. There is a fee if you pay with a debit or credit card. The fee is 2.5 percent of the amount being paid and is added to your credit card.

What types of credit cards are accepted at PLU?
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American Express, Discover, and MasterCard are currently accepted for payments at PLU.

Why can't I use my VISA card to pay tuition?
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Visa does not allow percentage-based convenience fees for payments made to higher education institutions. VISA is no longer accepted for student account payments.

However, VISA is still accepted at various locations on campus, including the bookstore.

What is an E-Check?
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An E-Check is an online electronic check. Enter your checking account number and bank's routing number to transfer funds from your designated bank account to the university.

What is ACH?
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ACH is Automated Clearing House and is another term for E-Check.

Do I need checks to make an E-Check payment?
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No. you just need the routing number and bank account number for the account from which the payment will be deducted.

How do I find my routing number and my account number?
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At the bottom, left side, of each check, you will find the nine-digit routing number. The 1-17 digit account number will be next to it, followed by the check number.

You may also contact your bank for these numbers if you do not have checks.

Does my debit card work like an E-Check?
A. No. If you use the debit card number imprinted on the front of the card, the transaction will be treated like a credit card transaction and you will pay the 2.5 percent convenience fee. To avoid paying the fee, use the E-Check option and pay out of the bank account associated with your debit card.
May I make a make a credit card payment at the PLU Business Office?
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No. The Business Office does not accept over-the-counter credit card payments. Paying online with a credit card is a more secure process because no one needs to know your credit card number. Only cash and paper check are accepted in the Business Office for payments to student accounts.

What happens if I get a refund?
A. If you qualify for a refund on any part of your credit card payment, the refund will be applied back onto your credit card and the convenience fee that is applicable to that amount will be refunded to your credit card.
How can I pay from overseas?
A. PLU's electronic payment processing partner, Official Payments, accepts international based American Express, Discover, and MasterCard payments from customers living overseas.
How secure is my online payment?
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PLU websites adhere to payment card and banking industry standards. E-Checks comply with NACHA standards. Official Payments is the trusted payment services partner of the United States Internal Revenue Services, 25 state governments, the District of Columbia, more than 2,500 local and municipal government agencies, more than 400 colleges and universities, and other public and private interests in all 50 states.

Official Payments secures your personal information entered into their Web site through Secure Sockets Lay (SSL) 128-bit encryption, which creates a protected connection between users and the Web server. This means your card number and personal data are never sent over the Internet unencrypted. Official Payments uses the best encryption technology available.

Card information is not passed to PLU and payment data is passed using hardware encryption. Transactions are processed using a leased-line connection to the card issuers. Official Payments partners with VeriSign to ensure the highest level of security.

What happens if my credit card is declined?
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If your card is declined, try entering your payment information again or try using an E-Check or another credit card. If your card is declined after several attempts, contact your issuing bank for additional information.

What happens if my E-Check is returned for insufficient funds?
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A hold will be placed on your account, you will incur a $30 returned E-Check fee, and possibly late fees as well.

Will I receive a confirmation of my electronic payment?
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Yes. You will be provided a confirmation number at the end of the transaction. This confirmation number and your credit card or bank statement will provide confirmation of your payment.

If you pay via the Internet, you will be issued an onscreen digital receipt, which can be printed as your record of confirmation and transaction. Additionally, if you provide an email address, you will receive an email verification on your online payment.

Who do I contact if my payment doesn't appear on my credit card or bank statement?
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Call Pacific Lutheran University's Business Office Cashier at 253.535.7117 between the hours of 8am to 5pm.

Why has PLU started charging a convenience fee?
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In reviewing the costs of bank card usage, we have found that the credit/debit card fees PLU pays have increased dramatically over the last five years. these costs must be incorporated into the university's budget.

How will the convenience fee show on my credit card statement?
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When your payment is ready to submit online, the list of charges and the calculated 2.5 percent convenience fee will be itemized. However, your credit card statement will show a single combined total.

Policy of the University

Rights and Responsibilities
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Upon registration, the student and the student's parents/legal guardian agree to accept the responsibility and legal obligation to pay all charges for tuition, room, meal, and other special fees incurred or to be incurred for the student's education. Pacific Lutheran University agrees to make available to the student certain educational programs and to provide the use of certain university facilities as applicable and as described in the course catalog.

A failure to pay all university bills when due shall release the university of any obligation to continue to provide the applicable educational benefits and services including, but not limited to, statements of honorable dismissal, grade reports, transcripts of records, diplomas, and pre-registrations. The student shall also be denied admittance to classes and the use of university facilities in the event of financial default.

For a copy of the Pacific Lutheran University policies and procedures, please go to the Office of the Provost Web site for information on Academic Procedures, Computer Use Policies, Student Conduct system, University Guidelines and University Policy. Also reference to the PLU Catalog for University Guidelines.

What is FERPA Policy?
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FERPA is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and is popularly known as the "Buckley Amendment". Pacific Lutheran University has adopted a policy to protect the privacy of a student's education records.

This act also establishes the rights of parents and currently enrolled, eligible students to inspect and review their education records; and provides guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings.

Parents and currently enrolled, eligible students will be notified of their FERPA rights annually by publication in the PLU Student Handbook. Interested parties may review the policy in the Office for Student Life, Hauge Administration Building, Room 105.

Go to the Student Life Web site for further information at http://www.plu.edu/student-life/

What is the Compliance Statement?
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Pacific Lutheran University is committed to providing equal opportunity in education for all students without regard to a person's race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, or any other status protected by law.

The University will not tolerate any discrimination, harassment, or abuse of or toward any member of the university community.

What is the Disclaimer Statement?
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The information contained herein reflects an accurate picture of Pacific Lutheran University at the time of publication. However, the University reserves the right to make necessary changes in procedures, policies, calendar, curriculum, and costs.

Registration, Grades, and Transcripts

What exceptions prevent online registration for courses?
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Independent Study:

Independent study, cooperative education, and studio projects require an Independent Study Card. You will need the signature of the course instructor and the department chair or dean. Return the form to the Registrar's Office no later than the last day to add classes for the term.

Auditing A Course:

Auditing a course means to attend a course but to receive no credit. You will be billed for the course. Have your instructor initial an Add/Drop/Withdraw Form, and return the form to Student Services Center.

Courses Requiring Approval:

Some courses require the approval of the instructor, chair, or dean in order to take the course. Have that person initial an Add/Drop/Withdraw Form, and return the form to Student Services Center.

Course Load Exception:

Registering for more than five credits per summer tern requires at least a 3.00 grade point average or the consent of the Registrar. Pick up a Course Overload Form from the Student Services Center or  click here for the Summer Course Overload form. Return the form to the Office of Student Services in Admin 104.

Thesis Courses:

The policy regarding thesis and research projects requires submission to your advisor no later than June 18 and then for review by the thesis coordinator no later than July 1. All theses must be signed and submitted to the Office of the Provost by August 1 if a student is to receive an August degree date.

Holds:

Holds are placed on student accounts for different reasons and prevent a student from registering, receiving official copies of transcripts or diplomas, adding/dropping a course, and many other things. For more information about holds, visit the PLU Course Catalog and search for holds.

How do PLU students register for summer?
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Registration for summer occurs along with Fall Semester.

PLU students are contacted via email to check BannerWeb for their registration date. Rather than a single date at which the entire university student body may register, PLU staggers registration dates for different students by giving preference to those students with more credits to register earlier.
 
Students newly accepted to PLU must register for courses through the Student Services Center in ADMIN 104 or via phone at 253.535.7114. Students should download the Summer Registration Form.

To register, the Course Registration Number (CRN) for each course is required. The CRNs are listed along with course title, description and other information on at the Banner Self-Service Class Schedule. You may call the Office of Summer Sessions to register at 253-535-8628 or 1-800-756-1563.

Continuing students at PLU can easily register for their courses using BannerWeb, PLU's online web service that controls academic details, grades, student employment, and course registration. The web address for BannerWeb is: http://banweb.plu.edu

How do non-matriculated, non-degree seeking students register for summer?
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Registration for non-matriculated, non-degree seeking students is handled through the Office of Summer Session and occurs after the PLU students have completed registration. The registration is normally the first Monday in May for non-matriculated students.

Non-matriculated and non-degree seeking students must download and complete the Summer Session Registration form, as well as the Summer Payment Option form. Both forms must be faxed to 253.535.8320 or submitted by email to summer@plu.edu. A copy of a photo ID is also required.

If a PLU course has a prerequisite or placement exam requirement, non-matriculated, non-degree students must provide information as to eligiblity to register for the course.

To register, the Course Registration Number (CRN) for each course is required. The CRNs are listed along with course title, description and other information on the Banner Self-Service Class Schedule. You may call the Office of Summer Sessions to register at 253-535-8628 or 1-800-756-1563.

How do I find my grades for a summer course?
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Students who have been assigned a PLU ID number (1234-5678 for example) may access banner Web to view final grade for any course they have enrolled in during the summer.

Grades are available within 10 days of being submitted by professors and instructors.

How do I get my official transcript to be sent to my current university/college?
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Official Transcripts

Official Transcripts are now ordered directly from the Student Clearinghouse.

Official Transcripts are printed on letterhead security paper, which includes the university's Rose window image. Each transcript is sealed in an individual envelope. The fee includes mailing your transcript to any U.S. domestic address or you may pick up your requested transcripts in the Student Services Center with photo ID.

PLU now offers the convenience of ordering your official transcripts online with a major credit card through the National Student Clearinghouse secure site, at www.studentclearinghouse.org.

Online transcript request are charged $5.00 for each transcript with a $2.25 handling fee for each order.  The site will walk you though placing your order, including delivery options. You can order as many transcripts as you like in a single session. Order updates will be emailed to you and you can track your order online.

A form is provided in the Student Services Center office if ordering official transcripts in person. Cash, check, or money orders (made out to PLU) are accepted as payment.


Unofficial Transcripts

Unofficial Transcripts are free and are printed on standard white paper with an unofficial transcript stamp across each page. Unofficials can be faxed, mailed, emailed or picked up in person with photo ID.

Matriculated students can access an Unofficial Transcript from their Banner Self-Service account. These transcripts will not include your name.You must submit your request in writing or on our Unofficial Transcript Request Form.

     Fax:        (253) 538-2545

     Email:      transcripts@plu.edu

     Mail:         ATTN: Transcripts       
                     PLU Student Services Center
                     Tacoma, WA 98447

     Transcript Coordinator:  (253) 535-7133
                                             (800) 678-3243

How long does it take to process a Transcript Request?

  • Requests are processed on a first received basis
  • Processing time can take 1-5 business days
  • Peak periods are January, June, July, August and September

Special Delivery Options

  • To have your transcript sent by Federal Express, the cost is $19 for mailing Federal Express plus $5 for each Official Transcript and $2.25 handling fee per order.
  • To have your transcript sent Federal Express to an International address, the cost is $30 for mailing Federal Express plus $5 for each Official Transcript and $2.25 handling fee per order.
       Official Transcripts
  • We send a maximum of 5-10 transcripts (depending on how many pages your transcript includes) per Federal Express envelope
  • We must have a physical street address and contact phone for all Federal Express orders
  • Payment is to be paid at the time of your request
  • We accept cash (in person only), check and money orders (made to PLU)
  • The fee cannot be charged to your student account

Reasons why a transcript cannot be processed?

  • If you have a HOLD on your account we will not be able process your Transcript request until your HOLD has been removed. Current students may view their HOLD on your Banner Self-Service. If you are unable to view your HOLD on Banner Self-Services, contact Transcript Coordinator at transcripts@plu.edu or (253) 535-7133.
  • If you request to have all grades or degrees posted before the transcript is processed.
  • If your bank card has been declined or is invalid.

Tuition and Refund Policy

What is the undergraduate tuition for Summer Session?
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The undergraduate tuition for Summer Session 2013 is pending. Some courses carry additional fees above the tuition (i.e., labs, discussions).

What is the tuition for graduate level courses?
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The tuition for non-cohort graduate-level courses varies among the programs.

Students in cohort programs (Business, Education, and Nursing) should contact the respective program upon their admission.

What is tuition for courses through the Wang Center for Global Education?
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Tuition and fees for summer courses and programs through the Wang Center for Global Education vary. Students must contact the Wang Center at 253.535.7577.

Refund Policy for Full Withdrawal in Summer
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Tuition: 100% tuition refund up to the last day to add/drop without a fee for a specific summer term. No tuition refund given after the last day to add/drop without a fee.

Fees: 100% refund prior to the first day of class.

Summer tuition refunds are not pro-rated.

Tuition Refund Policy for Withdrawal from a Course in Summer
A. Withdrawing from a single course after the last day of add/drop waives your right to a tuition and fee refund. If you do not wish to continue a course after the add/drop period, you must withdraw from the course. You must officially withdraw from a course(s) or you will receive a failing grade in classes not completed. You must obtain the instructor's signature on an Add/Drop/Withdrawal Form and submit it in person to the Student Services Center. Students adding or withdrawing from a course(s) after the last day of add/drop during a semester/term will be charged a late registration change fee of $100.00 per transaction. Students who are dropped for non-attendance by faculty are also charged $100.00 per add/drop.
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