Mercyhurst University

Applying for Financial Aid

The entire financial aid and admissions application process must be complete before any aid will be awarded.

To be considered for financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) must be completed and submitted to Mercyhurst University. The FAFSA® may be filed entirely online (recommended) or with a downloadable PDF paper form on the website. The online application first requires that you obtain a U.S. Department of Education FSA ID at .  Mercyhurst University's Title IV code, 003297, will need to be listed on either version of the FAFSA® application.

For more information on how to create the FSA ID, please view this instructional video

For more information on how to complete the FAFSA® online, please view the FAFSA® Demo

News Update: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) issued the following statement on March 9, 2017 concerning the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

                The IRS Data Retrieval Tool on and is temporarily unavailable until further notice. Federal Student Aid and the IRS will provide additional information when they have a specific timeframe for returning the DRT or other details to share. You can continue filing the FAFSA as you normally would. The income information needed to complete the FAFSA can be found on your tax return. If you are unable to get a copy of your tax return, you may visit to view and download a summary of your tax return, called a tax transcript, at Get Transcript Online. You must verify your identity to use this tool. You also may use Get Transcript by Mail or call 1-800-908-9946, and a transcript will be delivered to your address of record within five to 10 days.

Financial aid awards for prospective and incoming first-year students are created by the Office of Admissions beginning in March. Financial aid award letters are mailed to the student's home address and will be accompanied by additional information on affording a Mercyhurst University education. Questions and concerns about a first-year student’s financial aid award should be directed to the Office of Admissions. Current students may contact Student Financial Services for assistance.


If a student is chosen to be verified by the federal government, additional documentation will need to be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Services for review. Verification means that the Department Of Education wishes the school to review  your tax information with the information supplied on your FAFSA® form to rectify discrepancies. Students selected for verification are informed of this on their Student Aid Report as well as by the Office of Student Financial Services. Please click here for more information if your FAFSA® was selected for verification.

All students can file the FAFSA® anytime after October 1 . Upper class students must submit their FAFSA® application prior to March 15. Students will not be permitted to pre-register for the upcoming fall term until their FAFSA® has been filed.

The chart below instructs students as to what income information is required based on the FAFSA® year being completed.

Students Not Receiving Financial Aid

Students not wishing to receive any type of financial aid are required to complete a Mercyhurst University Enrolled No Aid Form for that current academic year waving their intentions to receive any type of Federal, state or Mercyhurst University financial aid. The deadline to complete this form is March 15 prior to the start of the academic year.