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 College 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 College, not a church the student has only attended while a student at Messiah College. Currently, only Brethren in Christ churches participate.
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 College. Pell Grant amounts may range from $657 to $6,195 (for 2019-2020 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 College.
Messiah College 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 College 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 College. The amount of the Pennsylvania State Grant may range from $500 to $4,122 (for 2019-2020 year) and may be awarded for a maximum of eight semesters.
Messiah College 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 TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2018, and before Oct. 1, 2019, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by 6.2 percent ($248), resulting in a maximum award of $3,752.
- For any TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2019, and before Oct. 1, 2020, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by 5.9 percent ($236), resulting in a maximum award of $3,764.
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 meet the minimum GPA requirement of 3.25 in the year preceding the awarding of the grant monies.