Applying for Aid

Different types of students have different types of financial aid processes. What works for another student might not work for you. If the application process seems difficult, don't worry — the expert financial aid staff at Shippensburg is here to help you.

After October 1st, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which should be submitted online by March 31 to meet the Pennsylvania State Grant (PHEAA) deadline of May 1st.

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.

When your aid is ready to view, you will receive an email that indicates your aid award is ready to view on your MyShip portal. You won’t receive any paper notification in the mail. Everything is done online. We generally start sending out aid notification emails to new students in mid to late January.

New Students Financial Aid Checklist

I: Applying for Financial Aid

  1. Apply for an FSA User ID and Password for both student and parent at https://fsaid.ed.gov . This User ID and password are required to submit your FAFSA every year.
  2. After October 1, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov . The Shippensburg University Title IV School Code is 003326 and should be listed first for State Grant consideration. Submit your online FAFSA no later than May 1 to meet the PHEAA (PA State Grant) deadline. Make sure you complete your PHEAA application at www.PHEAA.org or by calling 1-800-692-7392.
  3. Use already completed tax information to complete your FAFSA. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to link your taxes to your FAFSA.

II: Your Financial Aid Award

  1. You should follow the log in instructions at www.ship.edu/ss/ for your status and downloadable forms. Submit any requested documentation to the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible.
  2. You must review your Financial Aid, and then accept or decline your Federal Student Loans on the myShip Portal.

III: Finalizing Your Financial Aid

  1. Students choosing to borrow a Federal Direct Loan must complete the following:
  2. Parents choosing to borrow a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan must complete the PLUS Request application and eMPN on the Department of Education's website after April 15 at https://studentloans.gov

FERPA and Financial Aid

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Shippensburg University Financial Aid Office complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The following is a reproduced fact sheet available from the U.S. Department of Education Family Policy Compliance Office.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) sets out requirements that are designed to protect the privacy of students and their parents of record. Federal regulations prohibit the disclosure of a student’s financial aid information to anyone other than the student without the student’s written permission except for the parent of a “dependent” student (if that parent provided financial information and his/her social security number on the FAFSA, a campus representative, or other designated officials. The Office of Financial Aid will only disclose information as is allowed by FERPA. We will not disclose a student’s information to a parent (if the student is independent), to a spouse of the student, or any other person unless allowed by FERPA or designated in writing by the student. The Financial Aid Office will never disclose social security number, address, date of birth or alien registration number.