Welcome to Financial Aid
“Breaking News – State of Pennsylvania approves new Ready to Succeed
Scholarship for up to $2000 for Pennsylvania Middle Income Students”
Requirements for the scholarship are:
Student has earned at least 24 semester credits (end of summer 2014)
Student has a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater (end of summer 2014)
Combined family income (parent and student, taxed and untaxed
income) does not exceed $110,000
Students already receiving a PHEAA State Grant of $1500 or more are
Shippensburg University will be applying to participate in this
program by the September 15th deadline. Once approved, PHEAA will
send the university a list of students who PHEAA determines meet the financial
guidelines for the Ready to Succeed Scholarship. Shippensburg will then return
the list of students who meet all the other criteria (GPA, etc.) to PHEAA.
THERE IS NO SEPARATE APPLICATION THAT FAMILIES MUST SUBMIT. THE FAFSA and PHEAA
Grant Application will be used for determining eligibility for the Ready To
PHEAA will notify students and the university of those who have been
awarded a RTSS award. Initial awards for this program will not begin until
January of 2015. Funding is limited and will be awarded until exhausted.
Students and families should be watching for emails from PHEAA about
the scholarship, as PHEAA may ask for additional information before awarding
How to Apply for Aid
As a member of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education (PASSHE),
Shippensburg University can offer a quality education at a surprisingly
affordable cost. However, many students still need financial assistance
in order to attend college.
Students are encouraged to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between January 1 and March 31.
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) requires the FAFSA to be received by the Federal Processor no later than May 1 for Pennsylvania State Grant consideration for PA residents. Completing your federal tax return prior to completing this application is highly encouraged as the FAFSA refers to specific lines on the tax return.
When you complete and submit your FAFSA you will receive a confirmation code and an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from The Department of Education. The EFC is used to determine your eligibility for certain federal grants and various types for financial aid. The EFC does not represent what you will pay for college but rather what the Department of Education suggests you are able to pay. The financial aid office imports records from the Department of Education on a daily basis.
Important Information for All Students
When information is available (mid to late March), students will log on to the Student myShip Portal by following the appropriate instructions under the Financial Aid Student Portal Tab on this page to check their Financial Aid requirements, award packages, and accept, reduce or decline aid.
Students who accept any part of their Federal Direct Loans as part of their aid package and have not previously completed a Master Promissory Note (eMPN) and Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov should complete these requirements as soon as possible in order for your Federal Direct Loans to disburse timely. Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA early to avoid processing delays. For additional information, students and parents are encouraged to follow the instructions under the Aid Checklist and Timeline.