Financial Aid Eligibility

Eligibility 

To be eligible for institutional financial aid, students must adhere to the following:

  • Be admitted to the College of Arts & Sciences as a regular student pursuing a bachelor's degree for the first time
  • Maintain full-time enrollment
  • Make satisfactory academic progress as defined by the school (see the Pacific University Academic Catalog for detailed information)

To be eligible for federal and state financial aid, students must:

  • Be admitted as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program
  • Make satisfactory academic progress as defined by the school (see the Pacific University Academic Catalog for detailed information)
  • Have a valid high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or have completed a high school education in a homeschool setting, or have satisfactorily completed two years of study fully acceptable toward a Bachelor's degree
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Have a valid Social Security Number
  • Have registered with the Selective Service System, if required to do so
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan, and not owe a repayment on a federal student grant
  • Certify that federal student aid will be used only for educational purposes

Suspension of Financial Aid

Students who have been convicted of possessing or selling illegal drugs while receiving federal financial aid may have their eligibility for further federal financial aid suspended.

Students convicted of possessing illegal drugs are ineligible for federal financial aid for the following time periods:

  • One year for a first offense
  • Two years for a second offense
  • An indefinite period for a third offense

Students convicted of selling illegal drugs are ineligible for federal financial aid for the following time periods:

  • Two years for a first offense
  • An indefinite period for a second offense

Students who have lost their financial aid eligibility due to such a conviction may regain it by passing two unannounced drug tests conducted by a drug rehabilitation program that complies with criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education, or by having their conviction reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered nugatory. Students can call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) for additional information.

Other Conditions

Students must enroll at least half-time to receive most federal and state financial aid. In addition, students admitted as undergraduates to the College of Arts & Sciences or the College of Education must remain enrolled as undergraduates in that college to remain eligible for the institutional aid they were awarded.

Students must also demonstrate federally defined need to receive many kinds of financial aid. An applicant’s federally defined need is the difference between the annual cost of attendance for their academic program and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) derived from their FAFSA data. The EFC is calculated using household size, number in college, previous year income, current assets, and other information. While the EFC is often described as the amount that a student should be able to pay toward college costs during the academic year, it is more realistic to think of it as an index used to determine a student’s numerical financial aid eligibility.

We sometimes have to request additional information about an applicant’s FAFSA data. If you receive such a request, please respond as soon as possible since we cannot process your application further until we receive the information requested.

There are time limits on student eligibility for financial aid. First-year undergraduates are eligible for their renewable institutional aid for up to four academic years. Transfer students are eligible for their renewable institutional aid for up to three academic years depending on the number of credits Pacific accepts. Graduate students may be awarded renewable or annual institutional aid depending on their program. Federal and state aid is usually available for up to 150 percent of the normal length of students’ academic programs.

Students who withdraw during the first 60 percent of a term for which they are receiving financial aid will have a portion of their financial aid returned to the funding program(s) according to a formula prescribed in federal law. In general, the portion returned will be a prorated amount of the aid received calculated on a per diem basis using calendar days. A copy of the refund schedule is available in the Financial Aid Office.