Financial Aid at Pacifica Graduate Institute


Pacifica Graduate Institute is a degree granting institution, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 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.

Financial Aid Guide 2014-2015 2014-2015 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.

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.

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 form each year to determine eligibility for federal financial assistance. 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 and 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
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. If you accept the Award, you must complete an online Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling requirements

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 receive your Stafford Loan funds by the start of your first quarter. All forms 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 their materials in a timely manner must be prepared to meet their tuition obligation.
Applications available after March 1st each year
Newly accepted students - Fall 2015: deadline August 15, 2015
Returning students: deadline June 15, 2015

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.