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Tuition and aid for undergraduate students

How much does it cost to attend Messiah University?

Less than you may think!

Tuition and Fees for Undergraduate Programs

$39,700

Basic Tuition

$6,335

Housing
(double occupancy)

$940

Basic Fees
(minimum amount Student Government Association and student service fees)

$5,575

Food
(maximum cost)

*In addition to the above costs that will be charged to you by Messiah University, you should plan for the following expenses that will not be charged to you by the institution, but which most students will experience to some extent. These are estimated costs. Each student will find that they spend different amounts in these categories.
$1,460 Books and Supplies | $1,740 Miscellaneous Personal Expenses | $1,020 Transportation

$52,550

Total Tuition, Fees, Housing and Food

$29,494

Average First-year Student Aid 2022-23
(not including PLUS or other alternative student loans)

$23,056

Average Total Cost
(not including supplies, travel, or personal expenses)

Tuition and Fees

An investment in your future

Tuition at any college is not what it may seem at first glance. That’s the sticker price—and it can be a bit jarring! But as you look deeper into the cost of a college education, you’ll soon discover that the actual price equals the “sticker price” MINUS a package of financial aid—consisting of loans, grants, scholarships and work programs—that the University’s financial aid office will put together for you. This makes a college education much more affordable than you originally may have thought it would be!

We’re serious about this. If Messiah is the right university for you, we will work hard with you toward meeting the cost.

Examples of Financial Aid

Caleb is the oldest of four siblings. His household income is nearly $60,000 per year and his expected family contribution (EFC), as calculated by the FAFSA, is $671.

Tuition and Fees – 2023-2024 Academic Year

Basic tuition
$39,700
Basic fees (minimum amount Student Government Association and student service fees)
$940
Housing (double occupancy)
$6,335
Food (maximum costs)
$5,575
Total tuition, fees, housing, and food
$52,550
Total gift aid
  • Provost Scholarship — $16,000
  • Dean’s Scholarship - $1,000
  • Messiah University Grant — $5,937
  • Pell Grant — $6,745
  • PA State Grant — $5,000
  • SEOG - $1,000
-$35,682
Federal loans
-$5,500
Total Aid
-$41,182
Caleb’s cost after financial aid
$11,368

*Students in these examples are from the highest academic tiers. Please keep in mind that these are only a few sample cases. Each student’s financial information is reviewed on an individual basis. Financial aid packages may differ from those listed above.

For the best estimate of your cost, please use our Net Price Calculator.

Madison has one younger sibling with a household income of about $110,000 per year and her expected family contribution (EFC), as calculated by the FAFSA, is $21,795.

Tuition and Fees – 2023-2024 Academic Year

Basic tuition
$39,700
Basic fees (minimum amount Student Government Association and student service fees)
$940
Housing (double occupancy)
$6,335
Food (maximum costs)
$5,575
Total Tuition, Fees, Housing and Food
$52,550
Total gift aid
  • Provost Scholarship — $16,000
  • Dean’s Scholarship - $1,000
  • Messiah University Grant — $4,268
  • Pell Grant — $0
  • PA State Grant — $0
-$21,268
Federal loans
-$5,500
Total Aid
-$26,768
Madison’s cost after financial aid
$25,782

*Students in these examples are from the highest academic tiers. Please keep in mind that these are only a few sample cases. Each student’s financial information is reviewed on an individual basis. Financial aid packages may differ from those listed above.

For the best estimate of your cost, please use our Net Price Calculator.

Jordan has two younger siblings with a household income of about $170,000 per year and total family non-retirement assets (student and parents) of about $45,000. Jordan’s expected family contribution (EFC), as calculated by the FAFSA, is $46,687.

Tuition and Fees – 2023-2024 Academic Year

Basic tuition
$39,700
Basic fees (minimum amount Student Government Association and student service fees)
$940
Housing (double occupancy)
$6,335
Food (maximum costs)
$5,575
Total tuition, fees, housing, and food
$52,550
Total gift aid
  • Provost Scholarship — $16,000
  • Dean’s Scholarship - $1,000
  • Messiah University Grant — $0
  • Pell Grant — $0
  • PA State Grant — $0
-$17,000
Federal loans
-$5,500
Total Aid
-$22,500
Jordan’s cost after financial aid
$30,050

*Students in these examples are from the highest academic tiers. Please keep in mind that these are only a few sample cases. Each student’s financial information is reviewed on an individual basis. Financial aid packages may differ from those listed above.

For the best estimate of your cost, please use our Net Price Calculator.

Student Stories and Resources

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FAFSA

Applying for financial aid?

The U.S. Department of Education recently changed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Check out Messiah's FAFSA changes webpage for details and watch this video series to learn more.

Messiah's FAFSA Changes

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"Messiah is worth the investment of my time and resources because it provides an education that lasts for a lifetime through excellent teaching and persistent care for the well-being and overall success of each student. "

Abigail Chang '24
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“The high quality of education and strong Christian stance, which Messiah holds to, were reasons that inspired our daughter to select this outstanding college. The opportunity to attend Messiah was made possible financially by campus scholarships that eased the burden of private college tuition.”

Lloyd and Kathy Myhre, parents of a Messiah graduate

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Phone: 800-233-4220 • 717-691-6000
Email: admissions@thienhaphantranh.net
Office Location: One University Avenue • Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
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