• 62.6% of new sTudenTs
    received a Merit Award in 2019-20

  • 81 new sTudenTs
    were awarded performance based scholarship in 2019-20

PLNU Incoming Freshmen Merit Scholarships

For Freshmen starting their PLNU career in Fall 2021 / Spring 2022

We have a variety of merit-based scholarships for students coming to PLNU straight out of high school, based on GPA and test scores. Use the calculator to determine which scholarship you qualify for currently. Please enter your 9-12, cumulative, weighted GPA. Enter "0" if you do not have either an ACT score or an SAT score. If you are applying test-optional, enter "0" in both the SAT and ACT fields.

We want to ensure that applicant transcripts are evaluated on a level playing field. PLNU uses a cumulative, weighted GPA for admissions and for awarding merit scholarships. By "cumulative", we mean all courses (academic and non-academic), throughout all eight semesters of high school are included. By "weighted", we mean that courses listed on transcripts as Honors, AP, or IB HL courses are calculated on a 5.0 scale, rather than the unweighted 4.0 scale.

Scholarship Calculator - Fall 21/ Spring 22 Freshmen

All merit scholarships are initially awarded for your first two years at PLNU, then renewable for your final two years. The Bresee and Provost's Scholarships are renewable with a cumulative 3.2 GPA, and the Trustee's and President's Scholarships are renewable with a cumulative 3.4 GPA.  


Each scholarship is awarded on a sliding scale of cumulative, weighted GPA and SAT or ACT score.

Merit Scholarship Grid Preview



View the entire merit scholarship grid

FOR THOSE APPLYING WITHOUT TEST SCORES: For any student applying to PLNU without an SAT or ACT see the table below for the merit award you qualify for.

AwardCumulative, Weighted GPAAmount Per Year
Bresee ScholarshipBetween 3.65 and 3.79$10,000
Provost's ScholarshipBetween 3.8 and 3.99$12,000
Trustee's ScholarshipBetween 4.0 and 4.29$16,000
President's Scholarship4.3 or higher$20,000

PLNU Transfer** Merit Scholarships

For Transfer students beginning the PLNU career in Fall 2021 - Spring 2022

AwardMinimum Weighted GPAAmount Per Year
Transfer Merit 1Between 3.0 and 3.29$5,000
Transfer Merit 2Between 3.3 and 3.59$7,500
Transfer Merit 33.6 or higher$10,000

**For transfer students who have completed 16 or more units at another college or university. Transfer students who will have completed fewer than 16 units at another college or university at the time they enroll at PLNU are not eligible for transfer merit aid. However, incoming freshmen merit aid (with the same requirements) is available.

Read more about merit-based awards.

  • 202 new sTudenTs
    were awarded transfer scholarships in 2019-20

Performance-Based Awards

Performance-based awards include athletic, music, theatre, and forensics scholarships. Performance awards may be combined with academic and science honors scholarships.

Students are expected to contact the applicable department to apply for the involvement scholarships mentioned above.

Athletic Scholarships

Students should contact the intercollegiate athletic department at (619) 849-2265.
For students who live on campus, athletic scholarships can only be used to help pay tuition, mandatory and other fees, and on-campus room and board.
Apply as a prospective athlete.

Debate Scholarships

Students should contact the forensics coach in the Department of Communication Studies at (619) 849-2391. Learn more about Speech and Debate.

Music Scholarships

Students should contact the department assistant in the Department of Music at (619) 849-2445. Learn more about Music scholarships.

Theatre Scholarships

Students should contact the department chair in the Department of Communication Studies at (619) 849-2248. Learn more about Salomon Theatre.

Read more detail about performance-based awards.

Diversity Leadership Scholarship

PLNU's Office of Multicultural & International Student Services offers scholarships to support students of diversity who will contribute to the PLNU community as leaders. Learn more about the Diversity Leadership Scholarship.

Endowed Awards 

Once you’re a PLNU student, you will have the opportunity to apply for additional scholarships. PLNU offers approximately 300 endowed scholarship opportunities, made available through various PLNU departments, offices, and alumni. You can also earn stipends by being involved on campus (like being a resident assistant or serving on ASB), you can earn scholarships through your major, and more!

Looking for forms, documents, or want to talk to someone about financial aid?

Visit the Office of Student Financial Services

Outside Scholarships

We also maintain a scholarship database where you can research outside scholarships that have been made known to PLNU through other students, organizations, and businesses. You can apply to as many of these scholarships as you’d like. Just make sure you report any outside scholarship received to the Student Financial Services office so we can apply it to your package.

Explore Outside Scholarship Database