Undergraduate 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!

Scroll down this page and find all the information you'll need to get the financial aid process started (or take a look at the corresponding menu to your right).

 Applying for Aid // Costs & Payment // Types of 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

 Step 1:

 Review PLNU’s financial aid deadlines as some types of aid may require you to apply to PLNU and file the FAFSA by a certain date.

  • Financial aid doesn't have to be confusing!  Do not hesitate to contact us with your questions.

Step 2:

Complete your FAFSA online at fafsa.gov by March 2nd to be eligible for the most state, federal, and institutional aid available.  Although March 2nd is our priority deadline, students can file a FAFSA anytime during the academic year.

  • PLNU’s federal code is 00126200.  
  • Undocumented students should complete the CA Dream Act Application here:  www.caldreamact.org
  • Use your legal name on all documents.
  • Institutional academic scholarships do not require a FAFSA to be filed.
  • We highly recommend that all students file a FAFSA.

Step 3:

Submit your GPA Verification Form (required for Cal Grant, which is for California residents only).

  • First, check with your high school as most schools can send your GPA information electronically.
  • The GPA Verification Form must be submitted by  March 2nd.
  • You do not need to complete this form if you received a Cal Grant last year.

Step 4:

Estimated Financial Aid Award Letters are sent out in mid March.  The Estimated Award Letter includes PLNU's Cost of Attendance (COA) as well as the estimated awards for the coming year.  Incoming students will receive their first award letter via mail, all other students will receive award letter via email.

  • If you feel that the Estimated Award Letter is missing awards, please contact the SFS Office at sfs@pointloma.edu. We are happy to help!
  • Your Estimated Award letter is subject to change if your FAFSA was incomplete or incorrect; school housing, attendance, or enrollment status changes; or we are notified that you are receiving awards that were not accounted for previously.
  • Read about our Financial Aid Terms & Conditions here.

Step 5:

Review your account and complete any additional paperwork that is requested by the SFS office.  Be sure to check your PLNU email as most communication will be via your PLNU email address.

  • Those who were selected for verification must turn in all needed documents by the due date indicated on your Missing Information Letter.  Read about the verification process here.
  • PLNU offers payment plans for those who would like to use one.  Read about our options here.
  • To discover your eligibility for financial aid and estimate possible out-of-pocket expenses, use our Net Price Calculator. We hope that you will see that an education at PLNU is affordable and worth the investment.

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Costs & Payment

Undergraduate Tuition (2016-17)Semester CostYear Cost
Tuition (12-17 units)$16,450$32,900
Less than 12 units$1,370/unit
Units in excess of 17$1,100/unit
Nursing Program Fee* $2,250*$4,500*
Room and Board Charges (2016-17)Semester CostYear Cost
Unlimited Access + $50 Dining Dollars$5,215 $10.430
15 Meals/week + $50 Dining Dollars$4,975$9,950
180 Meals/semester + $200 Dining Dollars
+ 10 Guest Meals/semester
120 Meals/semester + $200 Dining Dollars
+ 10 Guest Meals/semester
30 Meals/semester
Fees (2016-17)Semester CostYear Cost
General Fee$300$600

Dorm Fund


Health Insurance**TBD
Graduation Fee***$100
Tuition Refund Insurance$171$342

* Nursing Program Fee is assessed each semester once the student is accepted into the nursing program through graduation.  Includes all lab, course and testing fees.  Students who are taking less than 12 units in a semester are charged $187.50/unit.
**For more information regarding health insurance and how to accept or decline it, please click here.  
***This is a one-time fee administered in the semester the student graduates.

For even more information on costs, visit the Costs & Payment page. >

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Types of Aid

A scholarship is financial aid that does not need to be repaid. Scholarships are merit-based, which means they are offered based on merit or achievement in a specific area. You can receive scholarships through PLNU or apply for others online. 

View Scholarships >

A grant is financial aid that does not need to be repaid. Grants are a type of need-based aid, meaning they are given based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is a very important tool for you a student.

View Grants >



Federal Work-Study
Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a self-help financial aid program. It is awarded to eligible students, but is only guaranteed if the student obtains on-campus employment. FWS is intended to help pay college living expense costs while providing the student with an opportunity to gain valuable work experience. Students do not need to be eligible for FWS in order to obtain an on-campus job.

View Federal Work-Study >



Other Programs
In addition to need-based aid listed above, PLNU offers other aid programs such as VA Benefits and ROTC, Yellow Ribbon Program (the GI Bill), Vocational Rehabilitation, Federal Work Study, and outside scholarships. 

View Other Aid Programs > 


A loan is financial aid that must be repaid with interest. Loans are a type of need-based aid, meaning they are given based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

View Loans >

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View All SFS Forms >

Once you’ve completed the FAFSA and SFS has received your information, you will be contacted with instructions on what forms you will need to complete. 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) 849-7078.  If you have questions, please feel free to email us at sfs@pointloma.edu or call us at (619) 849-2538.


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