Financial Aid

Financial aid timeline

Financial aid timeline

How it works

At Messiah, almost all financial aid packages include a combination of scholarships and grants (which you don't have to repay), loans (which you do have to repay) and student employment.

We use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as an objective tool to calculate whether your family's resources fall short of what is needed and, if so, by how much. The FAFSA is a confidential statement of income and assets from both you and and your parents. The information is analyzed to compare your financial capacity to that of other students in such areas as income, assets, size of family, number of family members in post-secondary education and age of the parents.

The goal is to design financial aid that is as equitable as possible for each student and their family. We then use those calculations to put together a proposed combination (or "package" in financial aid language) of scholarships, grants, loans and employment.

You have two important responsibilities in the financial aid process: researching ("What am I eligible for?") and applying.

Researching available resources

First, ask your high school guidance counselor about state, regional and local scholarships, grants and loans and apply to all those for which you qualify and have interest.

Second, visit Messiah's Financial Aid homepage. We have grouped many useful links at that site, including: 

  • the federal site, designed by students for students
  • the Borrowsmart online calculator
  • information on student employment
  • a Scholarships and Grants page with information on Messiah's own programs and directories and search engines for other sources of aid
  • a full library of forms, worksheets and instructions

Messiah has a variety of aid options to students:

  • merit- and need-based scholarships
  • loans and work programs
  • talent scholarships in the arts
  • grants and tuition discounts
  • additional resources for financial assistance

With all this information, you can get a head start on the application process. But you're not in it alone—you can always give us a call or send us an email with your questions.

Applying for financial aid

We have developed a worksheet to guide you through completing the FAFSA. Along with the FAFSA, each year some students are selected for verification by the federal government. If you are selected, we'll ask you to complete a verification worksheet and send us copies of your tax returns.

If you are applying for other aid programs outside Messiah, those programs may have their own application process.

You will receive a Student Aid Report from the FAFSA processor, and Messiah will also receive this report. It comes with instructions on how to submit corrections. We will then send you our financial aid award notice. At every step of this process, we are happy to answer your questions