Financial Aid

For need-based financial assistance, the contribution toward college costs expected from you is calculated according to a federally mandated system called federal-need analysis, which takes into account many factors representing your financial situation.

To receive financial aid, you must be enrolled for a minimum of 3 credits per quarter in a program leading to a degree or the residency teacher, principal certificate, school superintendent certification, program administrator certificate, school counseling certification, analytical skills in business certificate, business systems & strategy certificate, human resources management certificate, impact entrepreneurship certificate, information systems certificate, managing organizations certificate, responsible leadership certificate, data analytics basics certificate, or data analytics programming certificate.

Application process

To apply for need-based financial aid through Seattle Pacific University, you must do the following:

Application deadlines

Seattle Pacific does not have a deadline for financial aid applications for graduate students. However, it is to your advantage to apply as early as possible.

The 2023–24 SPU financial-aid year is summer through spring.

Financial aid offer

Students qualifying for financial aid receive an offer of financial assistance containing information regarding their eligibility for various kinds of aid. The amount and type of aid varies from student to student and from year to year depending upon a student’s eligibility and level of enrollment.

Disbursement of financial aid

Once you have completed the financial aid application/award process and fulfilled all the requirements listed on the offer of financial assistance, these funds will be applied to your tuition account in the following manner:

  • Once you have completed a Direct Loan master promissory note (MPN) and entrance counseling, the funds will be automatically applied to your student account.
  • Once you have completed a Grad PLUS Loan master promissory note (MPN) and entrance counseling, the funds will be automatically applied to your student account.
  • As long as you are enrolled and credit approved for the appropriate number of credits, scholarships and grants will disburse into your student account.

student loan advocate

For information and resources about student loan repayment, or to submit a complaint relating to your student loans or student loan servicer, please visit or contact the student loan advocate at