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For Parents & Families

You and your son or daughter are making a big decision. We're here to help. 

About a Mercyhurst Education

There's a thousand things that make a Mercyhurst education different than the rest -- we've gathered some of the highlights for you to review:

  • Why Mercyhurst? - From close student-faculty relationships to our vibrant, sprawling 75-acre campus, learn what sets us apart from the rest.
  • Why a private education? - Students are more likely to graduate, graduate earlier, and receive a well-rounded, liberal arts education that employers value. Plus, research shows that first-generation and minority students are more likely to succeed at a private college or university. Learn more about the value of a private education.
  • Affordability - We're one of the most affordable private institutions in the region. We work hard to keep tuition low and provide millions of dollars in financial aid to our students. The average freshman four-year financial aid package exceeds $70,000. 

We also strive to make the admissions process clear and convenient. You and your son or daughter will work closely with your admissions counselor throughout the entire process. Your counselor will not only review your student's application and make an admission recommendation to the Committee on Admissions, he or she will also put together a financial aid package specific to your student's credentials, skills, interests, and characteristics.

Resources for Current Parents

We encourage current parents to consult the Family Guide for an in-depth look at Mercyhurst's academic, student, wellness, and technology services. Our campus life team has also incorporated a series of "Keys to Success" into the guide, providing you with useful talking points for ensuring your student is making the most of his or her education. 

 2016-17 Family Guide - A Resource for Parents and Guardians


About Verification of the FAFSA 

If your student’s FAFSA was selected by the Department of Education for review in a process called verification, Mercyhurst University is required by federal student aid program rules (34 CFR, Port 668) to compare your FAFSA information with specific required documents. Mercyhurst will notify your student if they were selected. For more information please click here.