How to Apply

Students seeking PLTS Grant in Aid or Federal Student Aid (Stafford loans) must apply for financial aid each year for the following academic year as outlined:

  • Entering students/Admissions applicants are asked to submit a complete financial aid application by March 1 to receive priority consideration for scholarships and grants. After March 1, entering students ought to apply for financial aid as early in the enrollment process as possible and no later that July 1, for priority consideration for the remaining available pool of Grant funds. When entering school codes, please enter the code for California Lutheran University, 001133.
  • Current students will receive information about applying for financial aid for the following academic year in April.
  • PLTS Financial Aid is administered through California Lutheran University. To contact the Financial Aid Office, e-mail

Enrollment requirements

To qualify for federal aid, a student must be enrolled in a minimum of nine credits per semester and be considered at least half-time in a degree or certificate program. To receive institutional grants and scholarships, a student must be enrolled in at least nine credits in a regular degree or certificate program. If a student withdraws before the beginning of a semester, or withdraws or is dismissed on or after the Friday of the fourth week of classes, the grant and/or scholarship award is withdrawn. Grants and scholarships awarded by PLTS are not transferable to tuition at other institutions.

Academic Standard

To maintain eligibility for financial aid, students must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress, which is defined as a 3.0 or better grade-point average (GPA) in an academic program that can be completed in a period of four years.