Financial Aid Checklist

Follow these steps to apply for Federal Student Aid:

Step 1: Complete the FAFSA.
To be considered for financial assistance, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at and add Pepperdine University using the school code 001264.

The FAFSA must be completed each academic year in order to remain eligible for federal student aid. Please reference the chart below to determine which FAFSA to complete based on your desired start date:

FAFSA Year Chart
Start Quarter FAFSA Year
April 2020 Spring 2019-2020
July 2020 Summer 2020-2021
October 2020 Fall 2020-2021
January 2021 Winter 2020-2021

Please note: Students who plan to start the program in the April cohorts must complete both the current academic year FAFSA and the upcoming academic year FAFSA.

Step 2: Monitor your Pepperdine email and Student Center for the financial aid award email notification.
Once you submit your FAFSA and have been admitted, you will receive an email notification to your Pepperdine email within 10 business days to access your financial aid award package via Pepperdine’s Student Center.

Step 3: View your financial aid award eligibility via WaveNet.
The Award Summary page displays the types and amounts of financial aid that you are eligible to receive. In the Finances section, click on the “View Financial Aid” link and then select the appropriate aid year to access the Award Summary page.

Step 4: Accept (or decline) your financial aid award.
You must indicate whether you want to accept, decline, or reduce each financial aid award in WaveNet before your aid can be processed by the Financial Aid Office.

Step 5: Complete Entrance Counseling.
If you accepted Federal Direct Loan funding, you are required to complete Entrance Counseling online at

Note: Only first-time borrowers at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) are required to complete Entrance Counseling.

Step 6: Complete a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note.
If you accept the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, you are required to complete a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note online at

Note: Only first-time borrowers at GSEP are required to complete a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

Step 7: Complete the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan application and Master Promissory Note each academic year.
If you plan to borrow the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, a PLUS application and PLUS Master Promissory Note are required to be completed online at A credit check is required for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. If denied for the loan, you can reapply with a cosigner or appeal the denial through the Department of Education.

If you have further questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office via email at or phone at Phone Number: +1-310-568-5775.

For more detailed information on Federal Student Aid programs, please visit