Determining Eligibility & Receiving Aid | Graduate & Professional

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must:

  • Be admitted as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program.
  • Make satisfactory academic progress.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan, and not owe a repayment on a federal student grant.
  • Certify that financial aid will be used only for educational purposes at Pacific University.

Demonstrated Need

Students must demonstrate federally defined need to be considered for the following financial aid resources:

  • Federal Work-Study
  • Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL)

An applicant’s federally defined need is the difference between the annual Cost of Attendance for their academic program and the Student Aid Index (SAI) derived from financial information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

     Cost of Attendance (COA)
-    Student Aid Index (SAI)     
=       Demonstrated Need

The SAI is calculated using a standard federal formula, which considers an applicant’s household size, income, assets, and other information.