Congratulations on your admission to PLU!
Below you’ll find helpful information and next steps to take now that you’ve been admitted.
Remember that at any point you can contact your PLU Admission Counselor or the Admission Office at 253-535-7151 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
BE A LUTE! SUBMIT YOUR ENROLLMENT DEPOSIT
You can submit a $200 Enrollment Deposit to join the entering class of Spring 2021 and prepare for class registration.
To secure your spot at PLU, pay the Enrollment Deposit and complete the housing form online at plu.edu/bealute. Need more information about residence halls before deciding where to live? Visit the Residential Life website. If your Enrollment Deposit has already been paid but you still need to request your housing, you can complete the online housing form at www.plu.edu/residential-life/protected/housing-application/.
If you are a Yellow Ribbon (Post-9/11 GI Bill eligible) or 253 PLU Bound student, please contact your PLU Admission Counselor before submitting an Enrollment Deposit.
REVIEW YOUR FINANCIAL AID PACKAGE
Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) soon to ensure optimal financial aid awarding for the spring semester. The FAFSA is free, and it is the best way to see how much it will cost to attend PLU. (Note: PLU’s FAFSA school code is 003785). If you are unable to fill out the FAFSA (i.e. if an undocumented student), and are a resident of Washington state, you can instead complete the WASFA to be considered for need-based financial aid.
SPRING 2021 DIRECT COSTS
Tuition & Fees: $23,425
Room & Meals: $5,575
TOTAL (if living on campus): $29,000
Once your Offer of Financial Aid has been mailed, you also have the option to view it online on your student account information (Banner Web). Banner Web log-in instructions can be found here.
Review your financial aid offer with your PLU Admission Counselor, who’s ready to schedule a meeting with you and your family to answer questions regarding scholarships, grants, loans, work study, and payment options.
Military-affiliated students qualifying for the Yellow Ribbon program should submit their Certificate of Eligibility to the Office of Student Financial Services.
We are offering multiple ways for you to get to know PLU’s campus and community better, including on-campus visit options and on-line options like admission and information sessions, student panels, Zoom live tours and of course our virtual tour.
REGISTER FOR CLASSES
New Student Registration for Spring Semester will take place December 9 and December 11, with appointments available at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Sign-up opens November 1!
Now that you’re officially a PLU student, it’s time to look forward to LUTE Welcome, which includes New Student Orientation (NSO), events, and activities to kick off your PLU experience.
LUTE Welcome helps you learn about the resources to be successful at PLU and connect with your fellow Lutes. You’ll get to connect with students, professors and staff as we welcome you to PLU!
NEW LUTE CHECKLIST
Pay your Enrollment Deposit
The Enrollment Deposit saves your spot in the class!
Activate your PLU email (ePass)
Your PLU ePass gives you access to your PLU student email (and full Google suite), Banner Self-Service (your student account, financial aid, grades, etc.), Sakai Learning Management (for classes), PLU library resources and more.
Once you’ve got your ePass, check your PLU email consistently. Your New Student Registration appointment confirmation will only be sent to your PLU email, as well as information about LUTE Welcome, any class information from your professors, etc.
Not sure how to log on to your PLU email? Follow these steps:
- Go to the PLU homepage.
- Click on the menu on the top, select “EPASS”, then select Gmail.
- Sign in using your ePass log-in info. (Don’t type in the ‘@plu.edu’, though)
We recommend connecting your PLU email to your phone email app. That way you don’t have to do steps 1-3 on your phone every time!
Complete the Housing Application
TRANSFER STUDENTS: Verify your credits transferred as expected
View PLU’s evaluation of your transferred credits online in your Curriculum, Advising and Program Planning (CAPP) Report on PLU’s student information system, Banner Web, but you must first set up your PLU ePass. Find ePass and Banner Web log-in instructions here. You can also take a look at our transfer guide, which will show you how your credits fulfill PLU’s general education requirements. If you have any questions, contact your PLU transfer admission counselor.
Complete the Payment Agreement
One of the most important steps to complete before you register for class is your Payment Agreement (also known as the Student Financial Agreement).
What the Agreement is: Essentially, you’re telling us how you plan to pay any owing balance for tuition, fees and/or housing and meal plans after financial aid to PLU, and you pick from three different options:
- Payment in full – you’ll pay the owing balance before each semester or term starts (August 25 for fall, December 25 for J-term & January 25 for spring) OR
- Financial aid covers your costs – choose this one when tuition, fees, housing & meals are completely covered by scholarships, grants, and/or loans (this does include if you plan to use a Parent PLUS loan to cover all remaining costs) OR
- Monthly payments – choose this one if you want to pay the owing balance in no interest monthly installments (we work with an outside company, Nelnet Campus Commerce, for which you’ll need to sign up separately)
What the Agreement is not: Sometimes there’s confusion between this Financial Agreement and a billing statement. This is not the billing statement and you are not paying any owing balance yet! That will come later, but we need to know ahead of time how you will pay any amount left owed after financial aid, hence this agreement.
How to complete the agreement: You can complete the agreement on your PLU Banner Self Service student account. You’ll find instructions here on the Student Financial Services site.
What happens if I don’t have the Agreement completed by my class registration appointment? Your student account will be put on hold and we won’t be able to register you for classes until it’s complete.
Meningococcal Release Acknowledgement & Health History Form
The Meningococcal Release Acknowledgement is a form you have to fill out only once as a PLU student, where you must read and acknowledge the risks of meningitis, or meningococcal disease (this is a Washington State legal requirement).
This can be done on your PLU Banner Self Service student account:
- Go to https://banweb.plu.edu
- Select “Banner Self Service”
- Sign in using your PLU ePass information
- On the ‘Personal Information’ tab, select ‘Notifications and Preferences’ from the menu
- Select ‘Meningococcal Release Information’
- Review the provided information, then click the acknowledgment button.
What happens if I don’t have it completed by my class registration appointment? Your student account will be put on hold and we won’t be able to register you for classes until it’s complete.
The Health History and Consent Form is a separate, but still required, form to complete and send to PLU’s Health Center.
Request your New Student Registration appointment
Once you’ve completed the checklist items before this, you’re now ready to request your New Student Registration (NSR) virtual appointment, where you’ll receive your spring class schedule! (If you do not complete the checklist items, your student account will be put on hold and we will not be able to register you for classes, even if you’ve requested an appointment.)
Transfer students: Request your New Student registration appointment here.
First year students: Request your New Student registration appointment here.
Before your registration appointment:
Take the Math Placement Evaluation:
This evaluation is what PLU uses to determine which math classes you can be placed into and if you’re allowed to start in some courses and/or majors (think biology, chemistry, nursing pre-requisites, business pre-requisites and more). All students, no matter their math background or their planned academic major, must take this evaluation.
Take the Language Placement Survey
If you’re planning on taking Chinese, French, German, Greek, Latin, Norwegian, Spanish, or Southern Lushootseed language courses, then you’ll need to complete the Language Placement Survey (even if you haven’t studied the language before) at least a week before your New Student Registration appointment.
If you are majoring in English, Music – Vocal Performance, or Global Studies, you should take the Language Placement Evaluation, as these are majors that also have a foreign language requirement.
How to access both evaluations:
- Go to https://banweb.plu.edu
- For Math, select “Math Placement Evaluation” (with the calculator icon), then sign in using your PLU ePass information
- For Language, select “Banner Self Service” and sing in using your PLU ePass information
- On the ‘Student Services’ tab, select ‘Student Records’ from the menu
- Select ‘Language Placement’
Set aside plenty of time to complete both evaluations.
Send your final transcripts
Send any of your final official transcripts to:
PLU Office of Admission
12180 Park Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98447
FIRST YEAR STUDENTS: Did you sign up for PLU Pledge?
The PLU Pledge is a loan repayment assistance program, a safety net, we offer for incoming first-year students.* Once you are employed after graduation, if you earn less than $45,000 per year, we will help you repay your student (and parent PLUS) loans until you do. The PLU Pledge covers all federal direct and private alternative student loans, as well as parent PLUS loans.
*This does not include incoming first-year students intending to major in Nursing or international students
The PLU Pledge is FREE for you to participate, but you must opt-in before the first day of class. If you are not taking out loans for your first year, but there’s a possibility you may take loans out in subsequent years to help pay for PLU, you must still sign up before your first year to take advantage of the PLU Pledge benefits.
Sign up for the PLU Pledge at mylrap.org/PLU.
Buy your textbooks
Once you’ve had your new student registration appointment, you can buy textbooks for your classes.
Register for LUTE Welcome
RSVP for your Lute Welcome experience – remember to check your PLU email for information!
Complete these 'as needed' steps
Accessibility & Accommodation:
If applicable, contact the Office of Accessibility & Accommodation to start the documentation and accommodation process.
If you will be participating in varsity athletics, complete your Athletics Medical Clearance Checklist.
Register for Parking:
Have a car and plan to bring it to campus (whether you’re living on-campus or commuting)? Register your vehicle for parking.
You can start looking for student jobs as soon as you are registered for classes!
Thinking about studying abroad/studying away? Start your planning!