College of Education: Financial Aid

   The financial aid program at Pacific University is designed to help students meet their educational expenses. While the primary responsibility for meeting educational expenses belongs to the student and family, Pacific considers itself a partner in that process.

   We understand that a family's financial strength may not be sufficient to meet the student's educational expenses. Pacific therefore has a strong commitment to a financial aid program based on need as well as academic performance. Of course, financial aid is also governed by annual availability of resources and is affected to some extent by the need for students to apply early.

   Financial "need" is the difference between a student's total educational expenses and the resources the student and parents of dependent students have to meet those expenses. The amount of a student's financial need is determined by information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students whose FAFSA is submitted by February 15 will receive priority in the allocation of available funds.

   All students should apply for financial assistance to attend Pacific. Admission will be granted without regard to financial status. A prospective student does not have to be admitted to apply for financial aid; however, the student must be accepted for admission to receive a financial aid offer.

   Financial aid offers are made through an award letter, with the amount of the award (except work-study funds) credited to the student's account at the beginning of each semester. Information regarding payment of fees may be obtained from the Business Office.

   The University encourages all financial aid applicants to seek assistance from other sources - such as community, state, and church - in order to supplement their total aid package. Students may also wish to search for scholarships on the World Wide Web. Since all resources must be taken into account in determining financial need, outside scholarship and grant awards must be reported to the Financial Aid Office and may result in a revision of the student's award.

Additional information is available from the Financial Aid Office at:

(503) 352-2222, or toll-free at 1-877-722-8648, Ext. 2222.

Application Procedures

  1. All students applying for financial aid should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1, listing Pacific University (Federal School Code 003212) as one of the schools that can receive the information. The FAFSA may be obtained from Pacific 's Financial Aid Office or from any secondary or post-secondary school. The FAFSA or renewal application can also be submitted electronically at
  2. Apply for admission. Admission requires a separate application from Pacific's Admissions Office.
  3. Students continuing their education at Pacific must complete the FAFSA each year as soon after January 1 as possible.