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Pacific Lutheran University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$50,605 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$39,080 tuition
$10,330 on campus room & board
$825 books and supplies
$370 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$50,605 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$39,080 tuition
$10,330 on campus room & board
$825 books and supplies
$370 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$19,853 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
97% of students receive aid
33% get federal aid ($4,791 avg)
22% get state aid ($8,751 avg)
98% get institn'l aid ($19,853 avg)
67% get loans ($6,456 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 4.33% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.33% 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 $23,284 98%
Federal Grant Aid $4,791 33%
Pell Grants $4,054 33%
Other Federal Grants $759 33%
Institution Grant Aid $19,853 98%
State Grant Aid $8,751 22%
Student Loans $6,456 67%
Federal Loans $5,576 61%
Other Loans $13,069 7%

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 $1,221
Out of State $1,221


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • anon
  • Jun-21-2016 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    for sure a great bang for the buck university. the financial aid packages are huge and the school is known for the quality of education. many students are on substantial amounts of financial aid.

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  • 4
  • nayonni from nevada
  • Dec-31-2015 I am a current student here

    once you start interacting with the faculty and your fellow students is when you will truly enjoy the university.

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  • 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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