Graduate Student Financial Services

We have many resources for you that will make the financial aid process much less daunting. Read on to find more information about applying for financial aid at PLNU!

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Applying for Aid // Tuition & Costs // Types of Aid // Financial Aid Forms 


Applying for Aid

Follow this process step by step and you'll be on your way to affording an incredible PLNU education!

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid
Financial aid for graduate students at PLNU consists primarily of unsubsidized federal direct loans. Degree-seeking graduate students who are 1) enrolled in three or more units per semester, 2) meet the university's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy, 3) are in good standing with prior federal loans, and 4) are citizens of the United States (or eligible non-citizens) are eligible for federal direct loans. Qualifying graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 every two consecutive semesters, depending on the student’s calculated cost of attendance for the award term.


Step 1:

File a FAFSA

New Students

  • If your first class is before July 1, 2014, use the 13/14 FAFSA to apply for aid
  • If your first class is after July 1, 2014, use the 14/15 FAFSA to apply for aid 

Continuing Students

  • You will need to file a new FAFSA before the fall semester of each academic year 


Step 2:

Review your graduation date on the student portal

  • Log in to and click on the "Students" tab
  • Click on “Biographical Information” in the “Profile Information” section
  • If your “Planned Graduation Date” is incorrect, update it by clicking on “Edit My Academic Information”


Step 3:

Complete online entrance counseling

  • Visit, log in, and select “Complete Entrance Counseling”
  • Be sure to select the “graduate” type
  • An electronic report will be submitted to PLNU upon successful completion


Step 4:

Sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN)

  • Visit, log in, and select “Complete Master Promissory Note”
  • Choose the “Subsidized/Unsubsidized” option
  • An electronic report will be submitted to PLNU upon successful completion
  • If you have completed a Direct Loan MPN in the past at another institution, you may not need to complete one again. Please contact us if you have already done so. A Direct Loan MPN is good for up to 10 years. 


Step 5:

Submit verification documents

  • As a result of filing a FAFSA, the federal government may require additional documentation
  • The PLNU Student Financial Services Office will notify you if you have been selected for verification


Step 6:

Receive PLNU award notification

  • After all applications and paperwork are completed and processed, you will receive a Financial Aid Award Notification via e-mail
  • The award notification will state aid amounts for which you are eligible and how funds will be disbursed for the loan period.
  • Follow the instructions on your award notification to accept, decline, or reduce your loan amount.
  • Read about our Financial Aid Terms & Conditions here.


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2016-2017 Tuition & Costs

Below is a summary of the costs you can expect to incur while being a student at PLNU. It is our goal to help you discover all available resources you need to make your educational dreams a reality.



Graduate Education (Mission Valley)$610
Graduate Education (Bakersfield)$595
MS Biology$705
MS Kinesiology$665
MA Clinical Counseling$725
MA ReligionTBD
MA Ministry  $260
MA Organizational Leadership


Audit Fee$150
Independent Study Fee - Ministry$90/unit
Research Project Fee - Graduate Education$60
Thesis Project Fee - Biology$60
Thesis Extension Fee - MBA, MSN$600
Thesis Extension Fee - Religion$300
Thesis Binding Fee - MBA, MSN, Religion (one time)$35
ePortfolio Fee - MSN, MBA, Religion (one time) $120
Graduation Fee (one time)*$100
Late Fee **varies
Student Teaching Fee (in addition to tuition)$75
Teacher Education Assessment Fee (one time, billed in two $250 charges)$500

* A Graduation Fee will be charged to each student at the completion of a degree program, regardless of participation in commencement. Tuition and Fees noted above are for the academic year beginning with the fall 2015 semester and are subject to change annually. 
** Late fees will be charged to all unpaid balances at the close of business on the billing due date 

  • Tuition and Fees for district partnerships and introductory cohorts are not reflected on this chart. 
  • These figures do NOT include the cost of books, supplies, special fees, transportation, or personal expenses. 
  • All students who have a balance owing on their account after the billing due date will receive a late fee.

Please review the graduate catalog or contact your Graduate Student Financial Services Advisor for more tuition information. For information on refunds, withdrawals, and return of aid, visit our Withdrawals, Refunds, and Return of Aid page. >

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Financial Aid Forms

Why do I need to complete additional forms?

  • Federal regulations require us to complete a verification process on randomly selected FAFSAs. If you've been selected for verification, we will ask you for additional information. 
  • If there is conflicting or unclear information contained on your FAFSA, we'll ask you to complete additional forms for clarification. 
  • If you'd like to set up direct deposit to have your excess federal aid funds refunded directly to your bank, rather than receiving a check in the mail. 
  • If you'd like to use your federal aid to cover other fees (ie late fees, TPA fees, library fines, etc.) you can complete a Title IV Authorization form.
  • If you are an employee at PLNU and would like to receive tuition remission.
 Once you have confirmed the submission of the needed forms, please allow for 5 business days for processing. Completed forms may be faxed to our office at (619) 563-2898.  If you have questions, please feel free to email us at or call us at (619) 563-2850.

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Still have more questions? PLNU's Office of Graduate Student Financial Services is here to help!