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2013-2014 Financial Aid Application Packet


Fall studentsThis section represents your Financial Aid Application packet for the 2013-2014 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. In early January, the 2013-2014 FAFSA on The Web Worksheet will be available.

To complete your FAFSA, click the Complete

Your 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.  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).

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.


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.

FAFSA on the Web Worksheet

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 and Policies


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 church sponsoring the student’s application must be the student’s home church, in the area the student lived before coming to Messiah College, not a church the student has only attended while a student at Messiah College.  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

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


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 our office.


Yellow Ribbon Program Form

Students who wish 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 theYellow 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 2013/2014

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.


This is only applicable to Nursing students and the deadline date: April 1st, 2013 .   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.  The list of verification documents that appears below contains more items than you need to submit for your Nursing Loan application. 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.


Use these forms if the United States 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.

Child Support Paid Verification Form

Family Size Verification Form

Financial Information Verification Form

Prior Degree Verification Form

SNAP Benefits Verification Form

Statement of Educational Purpose & Verification of Identity Form

Year in College Verification Form


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

2013-2014 Application Packet
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet
Complete Your FAFSA
Read FA Booklet
Financial Aid Presentation
Private Loan Marketplace
Contact Our Office