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The Federal School Code for Shippensburg University is 003326.

Students should complete an electronic Master Promissory Note (eMPN) in order to borrow a Federal Direct Loan or a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan at www.studentloans.gov.

Parents may complete an eMPN in order to borrow a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan after April 1st at www.studentloans.gov.

Dates & Deadlines

Prospective and returning students should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.

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Contact Us

Due to federal privacy laws, you must call (717) 477-1131 for individual student information.

General financial aid questions can be addressed by e-mail at finaid@ship.edu. Please provide the student's Shippensburg University ID (if applicable) in all e-mails. 

Fax: (717) 477-4028

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Related Links

Go to FAFSA 

Academic Calendar 

Semester Information 

How to Pay for College (college.gov) 

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Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan & Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

The Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan is available for parents of undergraduate students. A parent may borrow up to the cost of attendance less any other financial aid received.

The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is available for graduate students. A graduate student may borrow up to the cost of attendance less any other financial aid received. 

2015-2016 academic year Parent PLUS loan applications may be completed on studentloans.gov beginning April 7, 2015. PLUS loan credit decisions are made immediately upon submission of the application.  A follow-up email with the credit decision is also sent by the U.S. Department of Education to the parent borrower's email address.  PLEASE NOTE: applications may be completed at this time, however, the actual loan will NOT be added to the student's financial aid award package until after July 1, 2015.  If a borrower requests the maximum Direct PLUS Loan amount for which they are eligible, the PLUS loan will be packaged up to the Cost of Attendance (less any other financial aid), not the actual amount billed.

Current interest rates and loan origination fees for the Federal Direct Loan program can be found here.

Follow the instructions below to apply for either a Parent PLUS Loan or a Graduate PLUS Loan.

Parent PLUS Loan

  • Visit www.studentloans.gov  
  • Sign in using your (parent) PIN 
  • Complete "Request Direct PLUS Loan"
  • Complete 4-step application process, allowing the Department of Education to check your credit and approve you for the loan
  • Click on Complete MPN, select Parent PLUS and follow the instructions provided

Note-If you are initially declined a PLUS Loan and subsequently approved through use of an endorser or through a successful appeal due to extenuating circumstances, you MUST complete PLUS Counseling. 

Graduate PLUS Loan

  • Visit www.studentloans.gov
  • Sign in using your student PIN
  • Complete "Request Direct PLUS Loan"and select Graduate PLUS
  • Complete 4-step application process, allowing the Department of Education to check your credit and approve you for the loan
  • Click on Complete MPN, select Graduate PLUS and follow the instructions provided
  • Click on Entrance Counseling and complete entrance counseling for your Grad PLUS loan 

Federal Direct PLUS Loan Denial Instructions

NOTE: If parents are unable to obtain credit approval for a PLUS loan, students will be eligible to receive an additional Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan to help cover costs. The financial aid office will offer up to an additional $4,000 unsubsidized loan (freshman and sophomores) or an additional $5,000 unsubsidized loan (juniors and seniors) up to Cost of Attendance with a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan Denial.