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.

Our Mission Statement

The Financial Aid Office provides access to quality higher education by providing resources and services to the Shippensburg University community to facilitate student recruitment, enrollment and retention while remaining committed to responsible stewardship of the funds entrusted to the university.

Vision Statement

The Financial Aid Office at Shippensburg University strives to balance responsible stewardship of all financial aid funds with the creation of a student-centered culture. We are working to establish ourselves as a leader in financial aid services when measured against peer institutions, using technology to streamline financial aid processes and constantly looking forward to meeting challenges resulting from changes in federal, state, institutional and private funding rules and economic changes. We seek to model campus-wide communication and collaboration while respecting the needs, values, and diversity of our students, parents, and colleagues.

Our goal is to operate efficiently so that institutional resources are used wisely and students may pursue their academic goals without distraction.