Types of Aid:



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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About Grants

These programs are automatically packaged for students that apply for aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students need to apply early since these programs are based on need or available funds. The Financial Aid Office recommends a FAFSA filing date of March 31.

Federal PELL Grant

A Federal Pell Grant is a free grant that does not have to be repaid. You must complete the FAFSA in order for your eligibility to be determined for the Federal Pell Grant.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

A limited amount of funds from the FSEOG program are available for students with high financial need. The information provided on the FAFSA form will be used to determine student eligibility. Awards vary based on financial need and fund availability.

Federal TEACH Grant

The TEACH Grant Program provides grants to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. Recipients must teach for at least 4 academic years within 8 calendar years of completing the program of study for which they received the TEACH Grant. Failure to complete the service obligation results in all amounts of TEACH Grants received being converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. Recipients must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education and interest will be charged from the date the grant was disbursed.

Shippensburg University awards TEACH grants to eligible juniors, seniors and graduate students with a GPA of 3.25 or higher.

Due to the sequestration and federal budget cuts: TEACH Grants for which the first disbursement is made on or after October 1st, 2013 the award amount must be reduced by .89 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. For example, the maximum award of $4000 is reduced by $35.60, resulting in a maximum award amount of $3964.40. For grants first disbursed on or after October 1st, 2014 the award amount must be reduced by 7.3 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. For example, the maximum award of $4000 is reduced by $292, resulting in a maximum award amount of $3708.

For more information regarding the Federal TEACH Grant, please visit https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/index.action.

PHEAA State Grant

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) administers this program. Pennsylvania State Grants are free grants awarded to needy students who are Pennsylvania residents. Additional information is available at: www.pheaa.org

Students apply for the PA State Grant simply by completing the FAFSA. PHEAA's deadline for applying to PA State Grant is May 1 of the upcoming academic year. Information from the FAFSA will automatically be released to PHEAA unless the student indicates otherwise on the application. After the initial application is filed, students and parents should respond to the PHEAA Grant Division if additional information is required for the PA State Grant application.

Students may also review their PA state grant application online at www.pheaa.org/tools-resources/account-access/index.shtml First time users will need to create an account. On the right-hand side in the Account Access Username box, below the SIGN IN button, new users will click on the Create account link. For assistance with this process please contact PHEAA/AES at 1-800-233-0557.

Eligibility for this grant is determined by PHEAA using information from your FAFSA application. Students who applied on time should be notified by mid-May of their eligibility via the e-mail address provided on their current FAFSA. Students are only eligible to receive a PA state grant for a maximum of 8 full-time semesters.

Ready to Succeed Scholarship Program (RTSS)

RTSS is a program funded by the Pennsylvania General Assembly which provides awards to high-achieving students whose annual family income does not exceed $110,000.

RTSS awards in combination with the PA state grant program offer a total of up to $2,000 for full-time and $1,000 for part-time students.  The minimum award is $500.

Funding for this program is limited and awards will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.  Students that the meet the eligibility requirements will be awarded in order by their FAFSA filing date.  Students that file early will have a better opportunity of receiving this award.

With the exception of financial need, the student must meet all other Pennsylvania State Grant eligibility requirements to qualify for RTSS. This includes the submission of a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and a Pennsylvania State Grant Form (SGF). The student must also:

  1. Have completed at least one academic year—defined as having earned at least 24 semester credits or the equivalent at the time that the student's school checks academic progress for the Pennsylvania State Grant program.
  2. Demonstrate outstanding academic achievement by attaining a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.25 at the time that the student's school checks academic progress for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program.
  3. Have a family income that does not exceed $110,000.