The Seven Steps to Financial Aid 1

Step 1 - Read the instructions



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Read the Instructions

On our first financial aid page we mentioned that the financial aid process is a team effort and that we need you to do your part.  Well, this page describes one of the most important things we need you to do. 

Quite simply, carefully read through all the information, especially the instructions and any communications we send to you.

Check out the links above to identify any Messiah College, government, or private financial aid programs for which you may qualify, and make sure you review everything on our Financial Aid Forms page, including a publication called “Financial Aid Instructions", which contains detailed instructions for completing the applications.  

In addition to this, the various Federal and state forms each contain extensive instructions of their own. If you need help with the federal forms, we can help you, but you might also try the United States Department of Education toll-free telephone number for information and instructions on applying for federal student aid. This phone number is: 1-800-433-3243.

Read Scholarships, Grants and Loans to learn about the different types of aid.

As you review all of this information, it’s important to keep in mind that not every form of financial aid applies to everyone’s situation.  For example, you may decide that you don’t want to apply for forms of financial aid which are based on your financial need.  Still, we recommend that each student review all of this information so that you can be sure you are applying for everything for which you might qualify.

After reading these instructions, if you want to proceed with the application process, go to Step 2 to learn about filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).