The requirements for applying for financial assistance are to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the United States Department of Education and complete any other forms provided to you by the Financial Aid office that pertain to your situation.
A list of forms necessary to apply for almost all types of financial aid is available to each student beginning in December preceding the first year of the award year. For example, the forms to apply for aid for the 2012-2013 academic year are available online in December of 2011. The only applications not available online are the applications for non-institutional scholarships (which in most cases must be obtained from the individual or organization sponsoring the scholarship).
The online packet contains instructions for completing the applications in the form of a publication called “Financial Aid Instructions". In addition to this, the various Federal and state forms each contain extensive instructions of their own. The United States Department of Education also has a toll-free telephone number that you can call for information and instructions on applying for federal student aid. This phone number is: 1-800-433-3243.
The FAFSA is used to apply for the Federal Pell Grant and to determine eligibility for:
Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 so that it will be received in our office by our April 1 priority deadline. We recommend mailing or completing the FAFSA on the Web (www.fafsa.ed.gov) by March 1 in order to meet this deadline. For most students, the results of the FAFSA, which are sent to us electronically, are all that is required to meet the priority deadline.
When you file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the Federal processor might select you for verification. If so, you will need to complete the Messiah College Verification Worksheet and submit it to the Messiah College Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Instructions contain more information about verification under the section entitled Verification Forms.