Grants can come from any source, including institutions, federal and state governments and private organizations. Although some forms of aid referred to as a 'grant' do have merit components, grants are usually awarded based on the student's level of financial need. A true grant is something you do not have to repay. Make sure you know the requirements for each form of aid you receive.

The grants listed below are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. 

Covenant Grants are awarded to full-time undergraduate students who are members or regular attenders of Brethren in Christ churches.  The required application is available from the Messiah University Admissions or Financial Aid offices.  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.

The church sponsoring the student’s application must be the student’s home church, in the area the student lived before coming to Messiah University, not a church the student has only attended while a student at Messiah University. Currently, only Brethren in Christ churches participate.

Click here to link to Covenant Grants application

To be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and demonstrate high financial need.  Eligibility is determined by the federal formula, not by Messiah University.   Pell Grant amounts may range from $639 to $6,345 (for 2020-2021 year).

To be eligible for SEOG students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and demonstrate exceptional financial need.   SEOG must be awarded by financial need ranking.  The Financial Aid staff has very little discretion in selecting recipients.  These grants are funded by the federal government.   The grant is normally in the amount of $1000 per school year at Messiah University.

Messiah University Grants are awarded to students based on need and academic ability.  The amounts of these grants range between $100 and $12,000 each year. The results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are required in order to determine eligibility for the Messiah University Grant.

Most states use the FAFSA application to determine if a student is eligible for their state grant.  A student must demonstrate financial need in most states and residency requirements may vary as well as the dollar amounts. Application forms are available in all high school guidance offices. The following states offer grants that can be used at Pennsylvania Colleges. Click on your state to see if you qualify.


Pennsylvania State Grants are awarded to students who are Pennsylvania residents who demonstrate financial need and who attend at least half-time.  Students must file the FAFSA.  Grant eligibility is determined by PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency), not Messiah University.  The amount of the Pennsylvania State Grant may range from $500 to $5,000 (for 2021-2022 year) and may be awarded for a maximum of eight semesters.

Students planning to apply for a Pennsylvania State Grant for summer classes should consider the following.   You can apply for a Pennsylvania State Grant for the summer, but you should be very cautious about using your Pennsylvania State Grant eligibility for summer courses.  The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency tracks eligibility limits by term (semester), not by a total dollar amount.  You get eight terms of Pennsylvania State Grant eligibility, regardless of how much money you actually receive in a given term.  So, if you use a Pennsylvania State Grant for the summer, you would most likely be using half of a one term eligibility (since you’d probably be at half-time enrollment), but the amount of dollars would be based on your lower summer term costs.  This means you would probably get less money for the summer term and you would be sacrificing that half term grant that you could have gotten in a future full-time term at the full Pennsylvania State Grant amount.  This only makes sense if taking the summer classes will allow you to reduce your enrollment in a later term, or skip an entire term.  We recommend you consider paying for your summer courses with a Federal Direct Stafford Loan and preserve your future Pennsylvania State Grant eligibility. 


Click here to link to PHEAA web site

Messiah University is pleased to participate in the Federal Grant program, TEACH. Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program. Normally, this program provides grants of $4,000 per year. However, due to sequestration, award amounts are reduced:

  • For any 2020–21 or 2021–22 TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2020, and before Oct. 1, 2021, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by 5.7% ($228), resulting in a maximum award of $3,772.
  • For any 2021-22 TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2021, and before Oct. 1, 2022, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by 5.7% ($228), resulting in a maximum award of $3,772.

However, in order for the TEACH Grant to remain a grant and not convert to a loan, the student must serve, in the TEACH Grant-eligible program for which they receive TEACH Grant funds, as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight calendar years of graduation. The student must also maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 OR score above the 75th percentile on one or more portions of a college admissions test.

Click here to link to TEACH grant site