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Pacific Lutheran University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$45,866 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$34,440 tuition
$10,100 on campus room & board
$1,026 books and supplies
$300 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)

$45,866 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$34,440 tuition
$10,100 on campus room & board
$1,026 books and supplies
$300 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$17,870 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
97% of students receive aid
29% get federal aid ($5,113 avg)
16% get state aid ($9,180 avg)
98% get institn'l aid ($17,870 avg)
64% get loans ($6,109 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 5.96% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 5.96% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $20,885 98%
Federal Grant Aid $5,113 29%
Pell Grants $4,294 29%
Other Federal Grants $832 28%
Institution Grant Aid $17,870 98%
State Grant Aid $9,180 16%
Student Loans $6,109 64%
Federal Loans $5,969 64%
Other Loans $17,367 1%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
$1,000 Y Y Y
$1,000 - $12,000 Y Y N
$1,000 Y Y
$29,000 Y N N N
$1,000 - $2,000 Y
$10,000 - $23,000 Y Y
$100 - $1,000 Y Y
$24,000 Y N N N
$36,000 - $38,000 Y N N N
$1,000 - $3,500 Y
Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: January 15
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: March 1
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: May 1
Does Pacific Lutheran University offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
12180 Park Avenue S.
Tacoma, WA 98447-0003
(253) 535-7151
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $1,080
Out of State $1,080


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • Sara from Kalispell, MT
  • Jun-10-2015 I am a current student here

    PLU, like any private university is not cheap, but the quality of education that PLU provides makes it worth it.

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  • 4
  • Brandon from Puyallup, WA
  • Jan-21-2015 I am a current student here

    With the study aways and all of the internal things that PLU offers it is definitely worth the money it takes to go here. They don't advertise it but the student community outside of academics is great.

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  • 3
  • Anonomous
  • Dec-01-2014 I am a current student here

    They give scholarships, but it is a private school, so tuition is expensive.

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  • 4
  • Lee from WA
  • Oct-06-2014 I am a current student here

    This college provides the academics, the resources, as well as entertainment, however it is a bit more expensive than other colleges.

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