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How 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 enrolled in 3 or more units per semester, meet the university's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy, are in good standing with prior federal loans, and are citizens of the U.S. (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.

  • Go to

  • PLNU’s school code is 001262.

  • You'll need an FSA ID number to complete your FAFSA.

  • If you need to create an FSA ID, visit

  • If you've already created an ID, but can't remember it, use the "forgot username" link at

  • File a 2019-2020 FAFSA

Step 2

Review your graduation date on the student portal.

  • Log into 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 email.

  • 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 GPS Financial Aid Terms and Conditions.