Tuition & Finances

Discover how you can afford a PLNU education.

Your desk is probably overflowing with financial aid information, and your head is spinning with all kinds of financial jargon – Pell grants, FAFSA, and subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans (what is the difference, anyways?). Take a deep breath because PLNU’s Student Financial Services is here to help. We offer a variety of aid, much of which is based on financial need. Student Financial Services will review your file and help connect you with the federal, state, and institutional aid for which you qualify.

Consider these facts:

  • Tuition and related expenses at PLNU are among the lowest for private colleges and universities in Southern California.
  • For the 2009-10 school year, over $45 million dollars in total aid was awarded to undergraduate students. PLNU financial aid included scholarships, grants, federal work-study, and loans (percentage of financial aid recipients who borrowed: 96).
  • The average financial aid package amount (including loans) for undergraduate students with financial need was $21,177 in 2009-10.
  • Academic scholarships are available and are renewable yearly, provided you meet the renewal criteria.
  • Need-based grants are available if you qualify.
  • Many students help fund their education by participating in the federal work-study program and finding employment on campus.
  • Most students and their families finance a university education through a variety of aid programs – scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time employment.
  • Filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) prior to March 2 ensures top priority consideration for all types of financial aid. For more information about the FAFSA, visit


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Financial Aid & Loans

Find out all the options for financial aid, including need-based aid, academic and involvement scholarships, and loans.