Scholarships & Aid

Average Financial Aid Package at PLNU


Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) prior to March 2 for top priority consideration for all types of state, federal, and institutional aid available.

For more information, please visit Student Financial Services.




All Fall 2016 Confirmed Students: Please note that with the CollegeBoard's release of the New SAT Concordance Tables, all June 2016 SAT scores will be re-evaluated based on the Old SAT scale, upon which these scholarship minimums were based, when set more than a year ago. Please contact your counselor with questions!


PLNU offers merit based scholarships to high school students based on your GPA and SAT and/or ACT scores. These awards typically range from $8000 per year to full tuition--more than $30,000 per year! 

Because the SAT has been changed, our minimum qualifications needed for these awards also have to change! We're currently evaluating data from the CollegeBoard, as well as the data submitted by our own future students who've taken the new SAT to settle on these new minimums.  As soon as they're set, we'll post them here!

For your reference, last year, our awards started at a 3.7 cumulative, weighted GPA and a 25 ACT, or an 1150 on just the Math and Critical Reading sections of the OLD SAT. 


PLNU also offers merit scholarships to our transfer students! The minimum requirements needed to attain those scholarships are evaluated each year, based on our pool of new students. With this annual evaluation and the new SAT, we haven't reached those new minimums yet, but we will post them here as soon as they're agreed upon!

For your reference, last year, students with more than 24 transferable units at the time of application needed only college transcripts, and were awarded starting with a 3.4 GPA. Applicants with under 24 units were awarded with a minimum of a 3.4 college GPA, 3.7 high school GPA and a 25 ACT, or an 1150 on just the Math and Critical Reading sections of the OLD SAT.

Thank you for your patience as we work hard to make these awards attainable!


Involvement Scholarships
PLNU offers scholarships based on your involvement, no matter your major! Involvement scholarships are offered in the areas of athletics, speech and debate, music, and theatre. To learn more about the application process and qualifications for involvement scholarships, students should contact the applicable department. 




Intercollegiate Athletic Department
(619) 849-2265
Athletics Website

Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate

Department of Communication and Theatre
(619) 849-2391
Department of Communication and Theatre Website



Department of Music
(619) 849-2445
Department of Music Website



Department of Communication and Theatre
(619) 849-2248
Department of Communication and Theatre Website



Outside Scholarships
Scholarships awarded through outside organizations can also be applied to attendance costs at PLNU. In addition to accepting outside scholarships, PLNU also provides resources to help you research and apply for outside scholarships.


Endowed Scholarships (for current students)
Once you’re a PLNU student, you will have the opportunity to apply for additional scholarships. PLNU offers approximately 300 endowed scholarship opportunities, which are made available through various PLNU departments, offices, and alumni.


For more information on scholarships, please visit Student Financial Services. is a micro-scholarships platform that allows students as early as 9th grade to start building their awarded scholarship amount at PLNU.



Grants are a type of financial aid that does not need to be repaid. Some are awarded based on involvement or background, while others are awarded based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).



Federal and private loans are need-based financial aid that must be repaid, sometimes with interest. Federal loans include the Direct Student Loan, Parent PLUS Loan, Perkins Loan and more. Some federal loans don't accrue any interest while you're still a student. 



Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a self-help financial aid program that allows eligible students to help pay college living expenses through on-campus employment.



PLNU offers military programs such as ROTC, TAP, and VA benefits (including Chapter 30, 31, 33, 35 & 1606, and Yellow Ribbon).


Other Aid

Other aid includes CA Vocational Rehab, 529 Plans, and company/employee reimbursement programs.


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