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:

How to Apply

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

Step 1: Complete the Online FAFSA form

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).

Step 2: View and Accept Your Financial Aid Awards in Wavenet
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


For detailed instructions on how to view and accept, decline or reduce your financial aid awards, view the Wavenet Financial Aid Guide.

Step 3: Complete Entrance Counseling (NEW LOAN BORROWERS at GSEP ONLY)

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.

Step 4: Complete an online Federal Direct Stafford Master Promissory Note (MPN) (NEW LOAN BORROWERS at GSEP ONLY)

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.

Pepperdine University 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; 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:

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