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Cost of Attendance

2020-21 Overview

The following are estimated costs to attend Pacific Lutheran University in the 2020-21 academic year for fall and spring semesters (including J-Term). Estimates assume undergraduate, full-time enrollment, based on the living arrangements listed below. Room and meal costs for the on & off campus living budget assumes double occupancy and the cost of the on-campus standard meal plan B.

Graduate students should consult the website of their graduate program for their respective tuition rate.

On & Off Campus Living

Type of CostEstimated Cost
Full time Tuition$45,440
Room & Meals*:$11,150
Wellness Access Plan*:$450
DJS*:$20
Student Activities Fee*:$40
Technology Fee*:$250
Matriculation Fee*:
One-time, upon entering PLU
$250
Books & Supplies:$930
Personal:$2,232
Transportation:$648
Jterm Course Fee*:
New students only, beginning Jterm 2021
$400 ($100 per credit)
Total:$61,810

Living with Parents

Type of CostEstimated Cost
Tuition$45,440
Rooms & Meals:$3,468
Wellness Access Plan*:$450
DJS*:$20
Student Activities Fee*:$40
Technology Fee*:250
Matriculation Fee*:
One-time upon entering PLU
250
Books & Supplies:$930
Personal:$1,980
Transportation:$1,236

Jterm Course Fee*:
New students only, beginning Jterm 2021
$400 ($100 per credit)
Total:$54,464

*Will appear on university bill as university charges, including room and meal charges if living on campus.

Additional charges may be incurred for lab fees, private music lessons and ensembles, etc. Actual expenses for books and supplies will vary according to student’s class schedule and choice of either borrowing, renting, or purchasing new or used text books. Personal costs is an estimate and will vary by personal preferences and life style choices. Transportation is equivalent to a monthly pass on Pierce Transit for nine months.

Estimate Your Cost

Use the Cost Estimator Worksheet to help calculate your owing/credit balance while attending PLU.

What information you will need for the Cost Estimator Worksheet:

  1. Review the Comprehensive Cost Breakdown below
  2. Your PLU Offer of Financial Aid (for current information go to your BannerWeb)

Comprehensive Cost Breakdown

Semester/TermCredit HoursFull-TimeCosts*"
Fall or Spring12-17Yes$22,720
Fall or Spring more than 17Yes$22,720 per semester + $1,420 per credit hour over 17
J-Term1-5$100 per credit hour (students entering PLU 2020-21 only)
Per Credit Hour1-11No$1,420 per credit hour
*Tuition cost locks on the 10th day of class, based on your credit load on that date.

  • $900 per credit hour for regular on-campus courses.
  • $450 per credit hour for on-line courses and a technology fee of $40.00 per course.

Advanced Undergraduate International Pathway Program Tuition: $24,560

Standard Undergraduate International Pathway Program Tuition: $27,790

Graduate International Pathway Program Tuition: $2,700

These fees are charged in addition to tuition.

Credit HoursCost
1$250
2 or more$500

Adding a course(s) after the last day to add/drop date during a semester, is assessed a fee per transaction of $100.

The cost to order your official transcript is $10 plus a Student Clearinghouse processing fee for each transcript. Unofficial transcripts are at no cost.

The technology fee is charged at $125 each semester. The Technology Fee helps provide all students access to electronic resources, technology support and enhancements across campus.

New students receive a free PLU ID card. To replace a lost, stolen or damaged ID card contact the Business Operations Office, Room 207 located in the Anderson University Center for the replacement fee.

Required for all domestic students. The cost by $450 per academic year or $225 by semester.

Our Matriculation (Enrollment) Fee is a one-time fee that covers new-student enrollment and orientation costs.  It is assessed at $125 per semester for all enrolled undergraduate students, $100 per semester for graduate students.

Offers financial support for student driven projects that advance diversity, social justice and sustainability in any aspect of PLU Life. This fee cannot be waived. The fee is $10 per semester (fall/spring).

Offers financial support for student initiated activities through ASPLU that adds to the extracurricular life at PLU. The fee is $20 per semester (fall/spring).

Pass TypeCost per year
Resident/Commuter Students$50
South Hall Residents Only$130

Sign up for the PLU Master Housing & Meal Agreement. Read carefully for any additional fees, requirements & penalties.

Room TypeDesignationCost
Double RoomDesigned for 2 people$2,585
Single RoomDesigned for 1 person$3,160
Single/DoubleDesigned for 2 but contracted for 1$3,260
UDSingle/DoubleUpper Division$3,060

*Students who are eligible to live off-campus who contract for a single/double receive a reduced rate.

Although, there is no J-Term charge for students residing on campus for Fall and Spring semesters, students must cancel their J-Term housing if they are residing on campus for less than 7 days during J-Term. Students with active housing assignments for J-Term must have a Meal Plan. For J-Term room costs only contact the Department of Residential Life at 253-535-7200 or by email at rlif@plu.edu.

Room TypeCost
5 Bedroom Townhouse$3,280
2 Bedroom Townhouse$3,315
4 Bedroom Apartments$3,265
2 Bedroom Apartments$3,290
Studio A$3,375
Studio B$3,450
Studio C$3,575
Loft$3,690
Plan TypeCost
Meal Plan A$2,820

Meal Plan B
$2,680
Meal Plan C$2,575
Meal Plan D$2,225
Meal Plan Flex D*$2,225
Meal Plan E*$1,065
Meal Plan F*$555
Meal Plan G*$555

*Only available to those residing in Kreidler, South Hall or Off-Campus.

**Available to students receiving housing discount only; For use as dining dollars only; no AYCTE

Plan Type Cost
Meal Plan A$660
Meal Plan B$620
Meal Plan C$595
Meal Plan D$495
Meal Plan Flex D**$495
Meal Plan E*NA
Meal Plan F*NA
Meal Plan G*$170

*Only available to those residing in Kreidler, South Hall or Off-Campus.

**Available only to students receiving the housing discount; For use as dining dollars only; no AYCTE

Fall/Spring Tuition

  • 100% tuition refund if withdrawal occurs prior to the first day of class.
  • Refunds prorated on daily basis beginning the first day of class until 60% of the semester has elapsed.
  • Once 60% of semester has elapsed, no tuition refund.

Summer/J-Term Tuition

  • 100% refund if withdrawal occurs prior to and up to the last day to drop without a fee for term.
  • No refund if withdrawal occurs after the last day to add/drop without a fee for term.

Summer/Fall/J-Term/Spring COURSE fees

  • 100% refund if withdrawal occurs prior to FIRST day of class
  • No refunds if withdrawal occurs on or after the FIRST day of class.

Summer/Fall/J-Term/Spring Housing and Meal Plans

  •  Housing refunds are prorated on a daily basis.
  • Meal Plan refunds are prorated on a daily basis.

PLEASE NOTE: Some Fees May Be Subject To Change