Office of Student Financial Services

Applying for Financial Aid

Making sense of the application process for Financial Aid.

Apply for admission to Pacific Lutheran University. An offer of financial aid will not made until you have been admitted to PLU.

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.

Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov and enter the PLU school code: 003785. Submit the FAFSA by December 1, 2017 to ensure optimal financial aid awarding for the 2018-2019 academic year.

If your FAFSA 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.

We will send you a paper Financial Aid Award Letter, along with a guide and instructions necessary for finalizing your award.

If offered and accepting the Federal Direct Loan(s), do an electronic loan application, and if necessary, an entrance interview at www.studentloans.gov.

If offered and accepting federal work-study, complete the I-9 and W-2 forms with Student Employment.

Locate a job and complete the hiring process with an on-campus employer.

If offered and accepting state work-study, Locate a job and complete the hiring process with an off-campus employer.

If accepting a Federal Nursing or Perkins Loan, complete entrance interview and promissory note when notified by the PLU Loan Office.

If you are a new student, Pay your Enrollment Deposit, which secures your seat in the entering class and allows you to register for classes.

Register for classes, which generates a bill for tuition and fees.