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).
Cal Grant is a tuition-specific state entitlement award funded by the California Student Aid Commission. You must have a GPA of at least 3.0, financial need, and be a resident of California.
The following are Cal Grant award types that PLNU participates in:
Cal Grant A Entitlement
Cal Grant A Transfer Entitlement
Cal Grant A Competitive
Cal Grant B Entitlement
Cal Grant B Transfer Entitlement
Cal Grant B Competitive
Students apply for Cal Grants by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a verified GPA on or before March 2.
Read more about the FAFSA.
Read more detail about the Cal Grant.
Federal and State Grants
There are numerous federal- and state-funded grants you may qualify for based on financial need. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA to apply.
Here are just a few of the federal and state grants that are available:
- Pell Grant: The federal Pell Grant assists undergraduate students who have high financial need. Award amounts are based on the student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and enrollment status.
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG): SEOG is a “campus-based” award for undergraduate students receiving Pell Grants. Because funding is limited, not all eligible students will receive a SEOG award.
Byrd Scholarship: Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships recognize exceptional high school students who show promise of continued academic excellence in college. They are renewable for up to four years of post-secondary study at any accredited U.S. college. Byrd Scholarship awards are $1,500 for the academic year. This program is federally funded and subject to annual funding review by Congress.
Chafee Grant: The California Chafee Grant program gives money to current or former foster youth to use for career and technical training, or college courses. The grant may be used to help with living expenses.
Child Development Grant: Each year, outstanding college students who are pursuing child development permits at the teacher, site supervisor, or program director level receive these grants to help with their college costs. Students at two-year colleges may receive $1,000 per academic year for up to two years; those attending four-year colleges may receive $2,000 per academic year for up to two years. The maximum benefit is $6,000.
Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents (LEPD) Grant: Grants are available for dependents and spouses of California law enforcement officers who were killed or totally disabled in the line of duty. Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grants are need-based and may be used to attend any California post-secondary school accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Grants range from $100 to $11,259 a year, for up to four years.
National Guard Education Assistance Award Program (CNG EAAP): The California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program is a state-funded program designed to provide an educational incentive to improve skills, competencies, and abilities for up to 1,000 service members who remain active in the National Guard, the State Military Reserve, or the Naval Militia.
Read more details about state and federal grants and learn how to apply.
PLNU offers grants to students based on several different criteria:
Point Loma Forward Grant: The Point Loma Forward Grant (need grant) is awarded to students with financial need who meet all eligibility requirements. To be considered, students must file a FAFSA.
Church Scholarship, Nazarene Grant-in-Aid, and District Grants: The Nazarene Matching Grant program is for Nazarene students from the Southwest Educational Region of the Church of the Nazarene (#9), which is comprised of the following districts: Anaheim, Arizona, Central California, Hawaii, Los Angeles, New Mexico, Northern California, Sacramento, Southern California, SW Latin American, and Western Latin American. The program consists of three awards: the Church Scholarship, the Nazarene Grant-in-Aid, and a District Grant.
Associated Student Body (ASB) and Resident Assistants (RA): Students who serve as officers in ASB or as RAs are awarded stipends for their service that are treated as financial aid. Both ASB and RA awards are treated as need-based if the student’s financial aid package includes any form of federal or state need-based aid.
Departmental Awards: Each year, various academic departments award a limited number of departmental scholarships to selected students. Students should contact their academic department for applications and deadlines. Students in their freshman year are not eligible for these awards.
Read more details about institutional grants and learn how to apply.
If you are a child of a pastor or missionary, you qualify for a tuition discount:
Missionary Child Discount: The Missionary Child Discount provides a percentage discount on tuition charges for dependent children of Nazarene and non-Nazarene full-time missionaries. This includes U.S. citizens whose parents are assigned outside the U.S. as missionaries, educators, or General Board appointees, and foreign nationals whose parents are appointed as missionaries outside their home country or who are assigned by the General Board.
Pastor’s Child Discount: The Pastor’s Child Discount provides a percentage discount on tuition charges for children of full-time career pastors (senior pastor, licensed or ordained pastoral position).
Read more details about tuition discounts to see if you qualify.