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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 determines 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 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.  At this time, only the 2019-20 FAFSA is available via pdf.

Download and complete a PDF FAFSA and mail it to:

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

You may also 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.

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 2019 or Spring semester of 2020, the 2019-2020 FAFSA must be completed.

The 2019-20 FAFSA is available now at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

For optimal consideration for financial aid funding, file your 2019-20 FAFSA by December 1, 2018.

The Office of Student Financial Services staff will be available to assist you in completing the online version of the FAFSA.  Beginning Oct. 1, we will be visiting nearly local area high schools to share information about the financial aid process and provide hands-on assistance in completing the 2020-21 on line FAFSA.  Check back to this page as sites will be added as we progress through fall semester.  You are welcome to attend any of these events. (This schedule will be updated as dates and sites are added, so check back often.)  In preparation for completing the on line FAFSA, students should apply for their FSA ID and PIN at the federal student aid website ahead of time.  If a parent is required to provide information on the FAFSA, that parent will also need their own FSA ID and PIN.   The 2020-2021 FAFSA will ask for your 2018 U.S. income tax information.

Time:  6:00 – 8:00PM

Hands-on assistance with your FAFSA is available at College Goal Sunday events around the state. For dates, times and locations, go to the College Goal Washington website.