Why the FAFSA?

To apply for federal and state financial aid, students must complete a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). An analysis of your FAFSA calculates an Expected Family Contribution (EFC), how much you and your family can afford to contribute to your education.

A variety of factors are taken into account:

  • Family income
  • Available assets
  • Family size
  • Parents’ age (which calculates their need to save for retirement)
  • Number of siblings in college at the same time


Pacific Lutheran University’s School Code: 003785

You may submit the FAFSA in one of two ways:


Complete the FAFSA on the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov.You will be required to create your own Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID, which you will use as your electronic signature for the FAFSA.

We recommend you Create your FSA ID and password before you start your FAFSA application. To assist you in the process, watch youtube video How to Create a FSA ID

Submitting the FAFSA on the web is the most accurate way to complete the FAFSA. Remember, this application is free of charge. If you are being asked to submit a payment, you are on the wrong website.


Processing of a paper FAFSA takes approximately three to four weeks without the online edits, skip logic and error messages to prevent filing mistakes.  It is therefore not the recommended route for submitting your FAFSA.

If unable to complete your FAFSA online, you may request a paper FAFSA by calling the U.S. Department of Education at 1-800-433-3243 or 344-523-2691.  If you are hearing impaired, contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913. Once completed, mail your completed pdf FAFSA to:

Federal Student Aid Programs
P.O. Box 7654
London, KY 40742-7654

When completing the FAFSA, be sure to indicate that you want the results of your analysis sent to Pacific Lutheran University (use code 003785). Keep copies of everything you submit.

To receive financial assistance for enrollment in the Fall semester of 2020 or Spring semester of 2021, the 2020-2021 FAFSA must be completed.

The 2021-22 FAFSA is available now at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

For optimal consideration for financial aid funding, file your 2021-22 FAFSA by December 1, 2020.