Financial aid forms 2014-2015
Messiah College's Title IV Code is 003298.
This financial aid forms page for the 2014-2015 academic year contains all the information you need to know regarding the financial aid process.
Financial aid instructions
To complete your FAFSA, click the FAFSA button to the right of this page. For a helpful tutorial on completing the FAFSA on the web, visit 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA. (Note: This is not a U.S. Department of Education website.)
You can view another helpful tutorial on using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, while completing your FAFSA on the web at IRS Data Retrieval tutorial. This tutorial is helpful when completing your initial FAFSA or when going back later to use the Data Retrieval Tool if you did not use it during your initial filing. (Note: The IRS Data Retrieval Tool tutorial is not a U.S. Department of Education website.)
For more information on the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and other recent financial aid news, please visit our Hot Items page.
In addition to completing the forms on this page, we recommend that all students review the Scholarships, Grants and Loans page. This link will allow you to learn more about Messiah College's institutional scholarships and to search for scholarships from a wide range of private organizations. Every student should try this scholarship search at least once.
Note: All documents available from the links below are in PDF format, unless otherwise specified.
Applying for financial aid
Financial aid application cover letter
This letter accompanies the other documents in the financial aid application packet. It serves as an introduction to the financial aid process and an important source of additional instructions about the application process.
Financial aid instructions
This document contains instructions for the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and information about other aspects of the financial aid application process.
Complete this worksheet if you plan to use FAFSA on the web to apply for financial aid. Use this worksheet to collect your (and your parents') information before beginning your 2014-2015 online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Last year 98% of our families applied using FAFSA on the web and we recommend it as the best way to apply.
If you cannot or do not wish to complete the FAFSA on the web, you can use this PDF version of the FAFSA. The PDF FAFSA must be mailed for processing. The PDF FAFSA is available for you to print and fill out manually or is screen-fillable. Screen-fillable means you can enter your data on the screen before printing. Please note that if you choose this option you will not be able to save your data to your PC. To print a PDF FAFSA file from within your reader, we recommend you use the PDF’s print button rather than the browser’s print function.
Use these forms if the U.S. Department of Education has selected your FAFSA for review in a process called "verification." Do not complete these forms unless the financial aid office instructs you to do so. Students will be notified via email if verification documents are required.
2014-2015 loan forms and information
PLUS vs Alternative: Which Should I Choose?
If you decide to take out an additional loan, this document will help you decide if a PLUS Loan or an alternative loan is the best option for you.
What Do I Owe Worksheet
This worksheet will help you estimate what you will owe after your financial aid is applied, and will help you decide if you need to borrow an additional loan.
Covenant Grant Application
Covenant Grants are awarded to full-time students who are members or regular attendants of Brethren in Christ churches. An application is required. The amount of the Covenant Grant is $500 per school year. A travel allowance, ranging in amounts of $75 to $300, is available to non-Pennsylvania residents who also qualify for the Covenant Grant.
One application is sufficient for all four school years.
Mature student discount application
Students, age 30 years or older, will be granted a 25% mature student discount on tuition only, for all courses for which they enroll.
Nursing student loan application
This is only applicable to nursing students and the deadline date was April 1, 2014. Please note that you must apply for the Nursing Student Loan each year. If applying for the Nursing Student Loan, please complete the Verification forms even if not selected for verification by the Federal Processor. You will be informed by the financial aid office via your Messiah College email account of which documents you need to submit for verification of your Nursing Loan application.
Memo for international students
This document highlights portions of the financial aid application packet to which international students should pay close attention.
Military Benefits Reporting form
If you are a veteran, or the dependent of a veteran, and plan to receive veterans' benefits to help pay your educational expenses, please review Messiah College's policy entitled Military Benefits and Institutional Aid so that you will understand how your veterans' benefits will interact with Messiah College institutional financial aid programs. In some cases, Messiah College institutional financial aid will need to be reduced to allow your veterans' benefits to fit into your institutional financial aid package. After reviewing the policy, please complete the Veterans' Benefits Reporting Form and return it to our office.
Yellow Ribbon Program form
Students who are eligible to apply for benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program should complete the Yellow Ribbon application. Yellow Ribbon applicants should read and understand the Messiah College Policies and Procedures for the Yellow Ribbon Program before applying for Yellow Ribbon Program benefits. The policies and procedures for the 2014-2015 year have not yet been finalized. We will make this link available to you when we are notified of any changes.
Non-institutional scholarship form
The purpose of this form is to collect information from you about any non-institutional/private scholarships you will be receiving. This means scholarships that are not from state, federal or Messiah College sources.