81.4% of new sTudenTsreceived a merit award in 2021-22.
76 new sTudenTswere awarded performance-based scholarship in 2021-22.
PLNU Incoming Freshmen Merit Scholarships
For freshmen starting PLNU in fall 2023 to spring 2024.
PLNU-awarded scholarships are available between $10,000-$20,000 per year. Qualification data will include unweighted GPA and weighted GPA or SAT/ACT score.
2023-24 First-Time Freshman Merit Award Criteria
Student must meet the primary criteria and any one secondary criteria to qualify:
|President’s Gold||$20,000||3.95 AND|
Weighted HS GPA ≥ 4.40
|President’s Green||$18,000||3.9 AND|
Weighted HS GPA ≥ 4.25
Weighted HS GPA ≥ 4.10
Weighted HS GPA ≥ 3.90
Weighted HS GPA ≥ 3.75
Weighted HS GPA ≥ 3.60
Understanding your financial aid and scholarship options can potentially save you a lot of time and money. Learn more about the types of scholarships PLNU offers to accepted students.
PLNU Transfer** Merit Scholarships
For transfer students beginning PLNU in fall 2023 to spring 2024.
|Award||Minimum Weighted GPA||Amount Per Year|
|Transfer Merit 1||Between 3.0 and 3.29||$5,000|
|Transfer Merit 2||Between 3.3 and 3.59||$7,500|
|Transfer Merit 3||3.6 or higher||$10,000|
**For transfer students who have completed 16 or more units at another college or university after graduating high school. Transfer students who will have completed fewer than 16 units at another college or university at the time they begin classes at PLNU are not eligible for transfer merit aid. However, incoming freshmen merit aid (with the same requirements) is available.
Renewal: All PLNU Merit-Based Awards are able to be renewed for all four years that you're a PLNU student. Students are guaranteed their scholarship for their first two years, and after that, a 3.4 college GPA must be maintained to renew both of the President and the Trustee Scholarships. The Provost, Dean, and Bresee Scholarships each require a 3.2 cumulative GPA for renewal.
Read more about merit-based awards.
309 new sTudenTswere awarded transfer scholarships in 2021-22.
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.
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.
Students should contact the forensics coach in the Department of Communication Studies at (619) 849-2391. Learn more about speech and debate.
Students should contact the department assistant in the Department of Music at (619) 849-2445. Learn more about music scholarships.
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.
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?
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 Office of Student Financial Services so we can apply it to your package.