Federal Perkins Loan Program to end September 30, 2017

Please be sure outstanding Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note requirements for Federal Perkins Loan are completed prior to September 30, 2017. Perkins loans not able to be disbursed by this date will be cancelled in accordance with federal regulation.


The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is currently suspended. This option should become available on October 1, 2017 for the 2018/2019 aid year.

As of April 24, 2017 we can accept SIGNED taxpayer copies of Federal tax returns and Certification of Non-filing form.

Financial Aid

The costs of higher education have skyrocketed in the last 35 years, especially at private colleges. While Shippensburg provides the private school experience at state school prices, many students still need financial assistance to attend college.

In order to receive assistance from the Federal government (Pell Grants excluded), you must be enrolled in at least 6 credits (half-time status) in a semester, meet U.S. citizenship requirements, and not be convicted of an offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance while previously receiving financial aid.

Financial aid is often associated with tuition assistance, but federal, state and institutional aid can also be used to pay for room and meal plans, and can be used for books and personal expenses related to your education. Shippensburg offers five types of financial aid — Shippensburg scholarships, federal and state grants (grants and scholarships are gift aid and do not need to be re-paid), federal and alternative loans, (loans must be re-paid when the student leaves school) work-study programs (employment), and veterans' benefits.

To apply for financial aid, simply submit the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov) and have the results sent to Shippensburg University. The Federal School Code for Shippensburg University is 003326.

After being accepted to Shippensburg, you can go to the admissions portal to activate your account. Once your account is activated, you can follow these instructions to view your aid award or see if you have any missing documents we need to process your aid.

7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA: Student's Guide to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

View this video tutorial for the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and follow the easy steps.

Where can I get more information about—and help with—the FAFSA?

Visit StudentAid.gov/fafsa; and remember, as you fill out your FAFSA at fafsa.gov, you can refer to help text for every question and (during certain times of day) chat online with a customer service representative. Or contact SHIP’s Financial Aid office at finaid@ship.edu or 717-477-1131.