Financial Aid at Pacifica Graduate Institute

Schedule Your Financial Aid Consultation

All applicants and accepted students are now able to schedule a one-on-one phone consultation with a member of our financial aid office.

Cost Breakdown with Financial Aid 2016-2017

View the breakdown of tuition and fees minus financial aid.

Cost of Attendance 2016-2017

View the estimated cost of attendance for each program.

Pacifica Graduate Institute is a degree granting institution, accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and is approved by the US Department of Education for participation in the Federal Loan Programs. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our welcome to you.

While the process of financing an education can be challenging, the Financial Aid Office is committed to making this process as manageable as possible. The purpose of financial aid is to provide financial assistance to students enrolled on at least a halftime basis (minimum of three units/quarter) in an eligible program at Pacifica. Pacifica's Board of Trustees, administrators, faculty and staff do all they can to ensure a quality educational experience. Click on the financial aid links for more information, or you may contact the Financial Aid Office directly by clicking here.

2015-2016 FA Guide cover

2015-2016 Financial Aid Guide

The financial aid information published in this handbook is current and accurate at the time of printing. Federal and state regulations governing the various federal and state programs may change periodically. Please consult the Financial Aid Office for the most current information.

2016-2017 FA Guide cover

2016-2017 Financial Aid Guide

The financial aid information published in this handbook is current and accurate at the time of printing. Federal and state regulations governing the various state programs may change periodically. Please consult the Financial Aid Office for the most current information.

Student Consumer Information - All postsecondary institutions participating in federal financial aid programs are required to make available certain information to assist consumers in making more informed decisions about their education options. Please click here to review our disclosures.

Quarterly Financial Aid Office Newsletter - In an effort to better engage with our students and keep you informed of various financial aid topics such as deadlines, changes, tips, and much more we hope you find the quarterly newsletter useful. If you have any thoughts or suggestions on what you would like to see covered please feel free to contact our office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

General Eligibility Criteria
~ How do I qualify?

The Federal Direct Stafford Loan program is an entitlement program and is not based on your income or assets. To qualify you must:

* Be admitted and enrolled on at least a half-time basis in an eligible program at Pacifica.
* Complete the FAFSA each year to determine eligibility for federal financial assistance. Use Pacifica's School Code: G31268
* Must be in good standing in order to qualify for federal financial assistance. Student may not be in default on or owe a refund for any federal financial aid programs or federal liens.
* Must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States.
* Provide proof of compliance with selective service registration and drug conviction regulations.
* Must be making Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (FSAP) toward the completion of his/her degree requirements.
Financial Aid Process
~ How do I apply? ~ How does this work?
Step one: Complete the FAFSA at
Step two: Once the FAFSA results are received, Pacifica will determine your eligibility and email you an Award Notification with instructions on how to complete the financial aid process
Step three: You accept or decline the Award on Pacifica's Financial Aid Online System. If you accept the Award, you must complete an online Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling requirements through the Department of Education website.

Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget determined by the institution to estimate the cost of education for the academic year. This includes direct costs, such as tuition and residential/nonresidential fees, plus estimates of indirect costs, including living expenses (outside of Pacifica), books, travel, personal, and miscellaneous expenses. The estimated figures of the indirect costs are provided by The College Board and are based on nine-month California regional and metropolitan budgets developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These indirect costs are only estimates. Individual student costs may vary based on student's standard of living and residential location. A breakdown of the COA is available here.


Students may apply for the Stafford Loan year-round by completing the FAFSA on-line at, but plan ahead to assure that you complete the required items by the start of the quarter. All items should be accurately completed and received by the Financial Aid Office at least 3 weeks prior to your tuition due date. Although loans will be originated throughout the academic year, students who do not submit the required items in a timely manner must be prepared to meet their tuition obligation.
Applications are available NOW!
Newly accepted student - Fall 2016 deadline: August 15, 2016 (post-marked)
Returning student deadline: June 15, 2016 (post-marked)

Non-discrimination Policy:

Pacifica is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or identity, physical or mental disability, citizenship status (within the limits imposed by law or Institute policy), marital status, medical condition, or age in any of its policies, procedures or practices.

Professional Code of Conduct:

The staff of Pacifica Graduate Institute's Office of Financial Aid is committed to the highest standards of professional conduct. We are members of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) as well as the California Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and follow their ethical principles and code of conduct. We invite you to contact us if you have any questions.

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