Applying for Financial Aid
Making sense of the application process for Financial Aid.
If you will be completing the FAFSA, obtain a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. This FSA ID (and the password you create with it) will be used as your electronic signature when completing your FASFA application. For a short tutorial on creating your ID and password, click here.
U. S. citizens and non-citizens with permanent resident status should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.studentaid.gov and enter the PLU school code: 003785. Applicants eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Toll (DRT) are strongly encouraged to do so. This will transfer your income and tax information from the IRS directly onto your FAFSA, eliminating manual entry, typos, errors, and reduces the likelihood of being selected for verification. A DRT tutorial from the University of Colorado/Boulder (using the 2018-19 FAFSA, but the steps are the same) can be viewed on youtube here. WA residents who are undocumented should submit the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) at wsac.wa.gov. Submit the FAFSA or the WASFA (but not both!) by December 1, 2021 to ensure optimal financial aid awarding for the 2022-2023 academic year.
If your application does not accurately reflect your family’s financial situation due to a recent job loss or reduction in earnings, you may communicate this change to us by completing and submitting to us the Special Circumstances Request Form.
Upon receipt of your FAFSA information and confirmation that you have been admitted into the university, the Office of Student Financial Services will generate your financial aid award offer.
We will mail you an offer of Financial Aid, along with a guide and instructions necessary for finalizing your award.
If accepting the Federal Direct Loan(s), do 1) master promissory note (which includes providing the names of two references) which is good for ten years, and 2) entrance counseling at www.studentaid.gov. Both steps need to be completed only once, when you borrow this loan for the very first time. You are also encouraged to complete the Student Loan Acknowledgment form, as it provides you with your current Federal Direct Loan program debt, your expected monthly payment amount upon entering repayment, and the total amount necessary to repay your entire loan principal and accrued interest.
If accepting a Federal Nursing Loan, complete the on line entrance interview and promissory note when notified by a PLU Business Office email, which provides you with instructions for completing online processes necessary in order to receive your loan funds.