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.  Our Financial Aid Road Map for 2021-2022 is a publication we hope will help answer your questions about financial aid and assist with your college enrollment decision.

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 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 complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (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. Once your account is activated, you can follow these instructions to view your financial aid offer or see if you have any missing documents we need to process your aid.

Changes to Your Family’s Financial Situation

If you or your family’s financial situation has changed significantly from what is reflected on your federal income tax return (for example, if you’ve lost a job or otherwise experienced a drop in income), you may be eligible to have your financial aid adjusted. Complete the FAFSA questions as instructed on the application (including the transfer of tax return and income information), submit your FAFSA form, then email us at and let us know how your current financial situation has changed.  Please include the student’s SU ID in the email. Click on the link to our verification page for additional information.

Note that the school's decision is final and cannot be appealed to the U.S. Department of Education.

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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.

Statement of Ethical Principles

The primary goal of the financial aid professional is to help students achieve their educational goals through financial support and resources.  As a member of NASFAA, we are required to exemplify the highest level of ethical behavior and adhere to the Statement of Ethical Principles.