Covenant Grants are awarded to full-time 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.
Federal Pell Grant
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 $605 to $5,645 (for 2013-2014 year).
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
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 Grant
Messiah College Grants are awarded to students based on need and academic ability. The amounts of these grants range between $500 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.
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency Grant (PHEAA)
PHEAA 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, not Messiah College. The amount of the PHEAA grant may range from $500 to $4,362 (for 2013-2014 year) and may be awarded for a maximum of eight semesters.
Non-PA State Grant
Most states use the FAFSA application to determine if a student is eligible for their state grant. Financial need must be demonstrated in most states. Residency requirements may vary as well as the dollar amounts. CT, DE, MA, MI, OH, RI, VT, and WV allow state grants to be used at Pennsylvania colleges. Application forms are available in all high school guidance offices.
Summer Missions Grant
The purpose of this grant is to provide financial support for students involved in summer missions activities. Application forms and more detailed information are available from The Agape Center.
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. Due to the sequestration for 2013/2014, the grant amount will be $3760. This program is available to students who intend to teach in a “high need” field at a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.
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.