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.

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 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  Submit the FAFSA or the WASFA (but not both!)  by December 1, 2020 to ensure optimal financial aid awarding for the 2021-2022 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.

We will send you a paper Financial Aid Award Letter, 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  Both steps need to be completed only once, when you borrow this loan for the very first time.

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 Loan for the first time, complete the on line entrance interview and promissory note when notified by the Office of Student Financial Services.  Additional hard copy paperwork will be mailed to you.

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.