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 ( 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 and create a Ship email address. 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.

Find out more about financial aid and how to pay for college.