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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 2018-19 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 2018 or Spring semester of 2019, the 2018-2019 FAFSA must be completed.

The 2019-20 FAFSA will become available October 1, 2018 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 a dozen local area high schools to share information about the financial aid process and provide hands-on assistance in completing the 2019-20 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 2019-2020 FAFSA will ask for your 2017 U.S. income tax information.

Oct. 3, 2018

Name of School:  Emerald Ridge High School

Address: 12405 184th St E, Puyallup, WA 98374

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Oct. 4, 2018

Name of School:  Puyallup High School

Address: 105 7th St SW, Puyallup, WA 98371

Time: 6:ooPM

Name of School:  Orting High School

Address:  320 Washington Ave N, Orting, WA  98360

Time  5:00 – 7:00PM

Oct. 9, 2018

Name of School:  Summit Olympus

Address:  409 Puyallup Ave, Tacoma, WA 98401

Time: 5:30- 8:00PM

Oct. 16, 2018

Name of School:  Wilson High School

Address: 1202 N Orchard St, Tacoma, WA 98406

Time:  6:00 – 7:30PM

Name of School:  Graham Kapowsin High School

Address: 22100 108th Ave E, Graham, WA 98338

Time:  5:00 – 8:00PM

Oct. 18, 2018

Name of School:  Bethel High School

Address:  22215 38th Ave E, Spanaway, WA 98387

Time:  6:00 – 8:00PM

Oct. 23, 2018

Name of School: Eatonville High School

Address: 302 Mashell Ave N, Eatonville, WA 98328

Time: 6:30PM

Oct. 24, 2018

Name of School:  Spanaway Lake High School

Address: 1305 168th St E, Spanaway, WA 98387

Time:  6:00PM

Nov. 5, 2018

Name of School: Bonney Lake High School (Sumner School District)

Address:  10920 199th Ave Ct E, Bonney Lake, WA  98391

Time:  5:00 – 7:00PM

Nov. 6, 2018

Name of School:  Annie Wright Schools

Address:  827 N Tacoma Ave, Tacoma, WA 98403

Time: 7:00PM

Nov. 7, 2018

Name of School:  Rogers High School

Address:  12801 86th Ave E, Puyallup, WA  98373

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.