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2012-2013 Financial Aid Application Packet


Fall studentsThis section represents your Financial Aid Application packet for the 2012-2013 academic year and contains all the information you need to know regarding the Financial Aid Process. Please start out by reading the Application Packet Cover Letter and the Financial Aid Instructions, and then move on to the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet.

To complete your FAFSA, click the Complete

Your FAFSA button to the right of this page.

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.  For more information on the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, please visit the Hot Items section of our Financial Aid Instructions.  (Note: the IRS Data Retrieval Tool tutorial is not a U.S. Department of Education website).

You might have also received an email from the Financial Aid Office pointing out other forms from the list below which you should complete.

In addition to completing the forms in this packet, we recommend that all students review the Scholarships 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.

Financial Aid Application Packet 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.

Use this worksheet to collect your data before you start to complete your FAFSA at FAFSA on the WEB.



This is a PDF of the paper FAFSA for those who do not wish to complete the FAFSA online.

You will need to print this out, complete it, and mail it to the address given on the form. 

DO NOT use this if you have completed your FAFSA online at FAFSA on the WEB.

Free Scholarship Search Services

We have compiled a listing of free search sites and services which will allow you to seek for scholarships for which you may be eligible.


Miscellaneous Forms

      (Complete these forms only if they pertain to you)



Covenant Grant Application

--Only applicable to members or regular attendants of Brethren in Christ churches--

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.


Memo for International Students

--Only applicable to international students--

This document highlights portions of the Financial Aid Application packet to which international students should pay close attention.


--Only applicable to students who are eligible for veterans' benefits--

 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 our Military Benefits and Institutional Aid Policy 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: Students who wish to apply for benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program should complete the Yellow Ribbon Program Application .  Yellow Ribbon applicants should read and understand the Messiah College Policies and Procedures for theYellow Ribbon Program before applying for Yellow Ribbon Program benefits.  The policies and procedures for the 2012-2013 year have not yet been finalized.  We will make this link available to you when we are notified of any changes.


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.


*****   Deadline Date: April 1st, 2012  *****

--Only applicable to Nursing students--

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.





Use this worksheet if the United States Department of Education has selected your FAFSA for review in a process called Verification.



(The U.S. Department of Education has approved a temporary solution for aid applicants who have unsuccessfully attempted to use the IRS Tax Data Retrieval Tool or to obtain IRS Tax Return transcripts. If you attempted  to use both the Data Retrieval Tool and to obtain transcripts, yet have been unable to do so, please send a signed copy of your 2011 IRS 1040 Federal Tax Return. We must receive signed tax returns by Monday July 9, 2012 in order to qualify for the exception.  After that date, the requirement will revert to use of the IRS Tax Data Retrieval Tool or submission of the IRS Tax Return transcripts.)

Current students: Do not complete this form unless the Financial Aid Office instructs you to do so.  Students will be notified via email if verification documents are required.

Freshmen and new transfer students: Each year, some students who file a FAFSA are selected in the Federal government's verification process. Ordinarily, we wait until we know that a student has been selected for verification, and then we send a letter telling the student they are selected and listing the forms that need to be sent to our office. For incoming students, the process of requesting these forms can delay the completion of the financial aid package by several weeks or more. Therefore, if you wish to avoid this possible delay, you can send us the Verification Worksheet below and the forms listed in the Verification Forms section of the Financial Aid Instructions so that we will already have these forms on file if we find that you are selected for verification. You are not required to send these forms unless you are selected for verification; we are simply offering you the option of doing this now so that you can avoid possible delays if you are selected.


Vermont Grant Application
--Only applicable to residents of Vermont--

Students who are residents of Vermont can apply for the Vermont Grant through the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation at



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