Paying for School

More Than 75% of Our Students Benefit from Financial Aid!

Our staff in the Financial Aid Office is available to answer any questions you may have about the financial aid application process, as well as to help you navigate the details of funding your education at GSEP.
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Contact Us

Phone: 310.568.5775 Fax: 310.568.5755 Email: Mailing Address:
Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology GSEP Financial Aid Office
6100 Center Drive, 5th floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM

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Financial Aid Application Process

Financial aid may take several weeks to process; therefore, students are encouraged to apply for financial aid at least 8 weeks prior to the start of their studies for the academic year. Students must reapply for financial aid each academic year. To be eligible for financial aid an applicant must:
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Resident Alien
  • Not be in student loan default
  • Be enrolled in a degree-seeking program
  • Be enrolled at least half-time to borrow federal loans
  • Be enrolled full-time to receive Pepperdine grants and scholarships

How to Apply

To apply for financial aid, please follow the steps below:

The Federal School Code for Pepperdine University is 001264. It is important to list Pepperdine University's school code to ensure that we receive your FAFSA results. It is also encouraged that applicants use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool option on the FAFSA to automatically link your tax information from the IRS to the FAFSA. Approximately four weeks after submission of the FAFSA you will receive your Student Aid Report via email. Please review your Student Aid Report carefully. Pepperdine will receive your Student Aid Report electronically. For an easy step-by-step guide on how to complete the FAFSA, click here.

In some cases, we may require additional information for your financial aid application. If so, the GSEP Financial Aid Office will notify you via email. You may also check your "To Do" list in your Student Center to find out if additional information is required. (To access your Student Center, log in to Wavenet and click on the "Student Services" link in the upper right of the Wavenet homepage).

Click Here to Fill Out the Online FAFSA form

You will receive an email notification to your Pepperdine email address when you have been awarded financial aid, along with instructions to log into the University portal, Wavenet, to complete the following:

Accept, decline, or reduce your financial aid awards

Read and accept the Financial Aid Terms and Conditions



If you accepted a Federal Direct Stafford loan and this is your first loan at Pepperdine GSEP, you are required to complete Entrance Counseling before the Financial Aid Office can process your loan. The purpose of Loan Counseling is to inform you of your rights and responsibilities in borrowing a student loan. This is a federal requirement and must be completed online at

Before you graduate (or if/when you drop below half-time enrollment status) you will also be required to complete Student Loan Exit Counseling.


If you accepted a Federal Direct Stafford loan and this is your first loan at Pepperdine GSEP, you must also complete an online Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) at before your loan can be processed. Additional information about Federal Direct Stafford Loans can be found by clicking the "Types of Aid" link on the blue menu at the left of this page.

If you would like to borrow a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan please contact the GSEP Financial Aid Office before applying at or 310-568-5775 to find out your eligibility and then we will process your Graduate PLUS or private educational loan.The Graduate PLUS Loan and private educational loans require credit approval from the lender and they are generally available to students who do not have adverse credit.

Financial Aid Code of Conduct

Pepperdine University is a Christian University committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values.

As members of the Pepperdine community, we act with integrity; we treat others with respect and dignity; we carefully steward the University's resources; we avoid conflicts of interest or commitment; we maintain confidentiality; and we comply with legal and professional obligations. We are individually accountable for our own actions, and we are collectively accountable for upholding these standards of behavior and complying with all applicable laws, policies, standards, and regulations. We constantly strive to meet our ethical expectations and place student needs at the center of the decision making process. Moreover, because the Pepperdine community is composed of many distinct constituencies, we understand that, beyond the general ethical principles outlined in this document, we may be subject to additional rules of conduct specific to our respective roles within the Pepperdine community.

As financial aid professionals, we abide by the following guiding principles of the profession:

  • Make every effort to serve students seeking assistance from the Financial Aid Office.
  • Educate students and families through quality consumer information.
  • Respect the dignity and protect the privacy of students, and ensure the confidentiality of student records and personal circumstances.
  • Ensure equity by applying all need analysis formulas consistently across the institution's full population of student financial aid applicants.
  • Provide services that do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, or economic status.
  • Recognize the need for professional development training, conferences, and continuing education opportunities.
  • Be committed to removing financial barriers for those who wish to pursue postsecondary learning.
  • Be aware of the issues affecting students and advocate their interests at the institutional, state, and federal levels.
  • Promote the free expression of ideas and opinions, and foster respect for diverse viewpoints within the profession.
  • Maintain the highest level of professionalism, reflecting a commitment to the goals of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
  • Commit to the highest level of ethical behavior and professionalism and refrain from conflict of interest or the perception thereof.

In accordance with our commitment to avoid conflicts of interest and adhere to ethical standards, we abide by the following:

  • We do not accept anything of more than nominal value from any lending institution including gifts, compensation, equipment services, expense paid trips, reimbursement for expenses, meal tickets or other incentives or inducements. We do not engage in revenue sharing and will report to senior administration any lender who approaches us about revenue sharing, lender stock options, or other benefits that could be perceived as a conflict of interest.
  • We do not receive anything of value for serving on the advisory board of any lending institution.
  • The University's lender lists are based solely on the best interests of the students or parents who may use the list without regard to financial interests of the University. The Financial Aid Office will review and evaluate each lender's performance regularly and no less than annually.
  • We will clearly identify and fully disclose the criteria and process used to select lenders. Students are informed that they have the right and ability to select the lender of their choice regardless of the lender list.
  • No lender may appear on a lender list if the lender has an agreement to sell its loans to another lender without disclosing this fact. In addition, no lender may negotiate to be a lender with respect to a certain type of loan by providing benefits to a College as to another type of loan.
  • We do not allow any employees of a lender to provide staffing assistance in our financial aid offices.

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