Terms and Conditions

As a recipient of  financial aid (scholarships, grants, student loans, and work study programs) at Pacific Lutheran University, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

There are no automatic renewals of need-based financial aid. You must apply for financial aid each year by either submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or if you are an undocumented Washington resident, by submitting the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).

Renewal of non-need based financial aid is done by Student Financial Services.

Failure to accept the Offer of Financial Aid and/or submit all other required documents by the specified date may result in the cancellation of aid.

Federal Direct Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized) amounts do not reflect origination fees deducted by the federal government. All federal Direct and Nursing loans require you to complete an online promissory note and loan entrance counseling session.

The total of all financial aid (scholarships/grants, loans, work study) for the academic year may not exceed your financial aid budget (cost of attendance) for that given academic year if you are receiving any need-based aid (any fund with an asterisk * in its name)

You are required to Student Financial Services any additional scholarships, grants, or loans not shown on the Offer of Financial Aid.

You must report any change in permanent address, enrollment status, or financial information previously reported on your FAFSA (or WASFA). If any change occurs at any time during the academic year, your financial aid offer will be reviewed to determine if a revision is necessary. Your financial aid might be impacted if you drop below half-time or withdraw.

All funds offered must first go toward payment of direct educational expenses as reflected on your student account (e.g. tuition, fees, on-campus housing and food).

To receive PLU gift assistance, a student must maintain full-time status, which is defined as 12 credit hours or more per semester.

PLU scholarships and grants are available for fall and spring semesters only, with the exception of the Yellow Ribbon Matching Grant.

Scholarship renewal requires that you meet GPA requirements as specified in the Financial Aid Handbook or the Pacific Lutheran University catalog.

In order to continue receiving financial aid, you must be making satisfactory academic progress. Minimum grade point average and credit load requirements, as well as maximum terms of eligibility are outlined in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Undergraduate Students or Graduate Students

Work-study provides an opportunity for employment for eligible students to work either on-campus or off-campus and earn up to the amount specified on the Offer of Financial Aid for the academic year.

Should you withdraw from all of your classes, your financial aid may be adjusted according to a federally prescribed formula. The adjustment may include returning a portion of the federal student aid that paid for your initial university balance, causing you to have an owing balance on your account. It is recommended that you meet with a student financial services specialist prior to withdrawing from the university.

For additional information, see the Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

You agree that the materials contained in your financial aid file become the property of Pacific Lutheran University.

Changes in eligibility or terms of assistance for federal, state, private programs, or university funding may occur without prior notice.

Student Financial Services at PLU reserves the right to review, modify, or cancel financial aid offers at any time on the basis of information affecting your eligibility. This includes, but is not limited to changes in your financial, marital, residence, academic status or standing, or U.S. citizenship status, or changes in the availability of federal, state, private, or university funds. Offers also may be modified based on disciplinary action taken against you or on the discovery of processing errors.

Revisions to your aid award for any of the above circumstances could modify your student account owing balance.

Conditions of Award for Washington State Aid Recipients

By accepting state financial aid, you agree to the conditions listed below. If you have questions or find that you cannot comply with these conditions, please contact your institution’s financial aid office.

1. You must meet the requirements for Washington State residency.

2. You do not owe a repayment to any state grant or scholarship nor are you in default on a
state student loan.

3. You must be enrolled in an eligible program and not be pursuing a degree in theology.

4. If you hold a bachelor’s degree or the foreign equivalent, you are not eligible to receive
state grant funds.

5. If you do not attend or if you withdraw from your classes, you may owe a repayment of
all or part of any state funds you have received.

6. You must maintain the academic progress standards established by your institution in
order to receive additional state aid.

7. There could be other circumstances that would require a repayment or reduction in
your current award amounts.

8. You must meet all eligibility requirements for the state aid program(s) awarded.

9. The offer of this financial assistance is subject to, and conditioned upon, the availability
of funds. Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) and the institution through
which the grant, scholarship, or work study is awarded, reserve the right to withdraw,
reduce, or modify the awards due to funding limitations or due to changes in
circumstances which affect your eligibility for the program(s).

10. If you fail to cash your check containing state funds or pick up any remaining funds by
the close of the academic year, the funds shall be returned to the program at WSAC and
treated as funds declined by you.

You may choose to voluntarily make financial contributions to Washington Student Achievement Council in recognition of the assistance that you received. All voluntary contributions will be used to provide financial assistance to other students. Please contact finaid@wsac.wa.gov for more information.