When eligible students save $500 and complete a financial education course, they can earn $1,500 in match funds. That means, program participants end up with a total of $2,000 that can be applied to their ongoing education costs.

MESA is currently available for low and moderate-income students who are residents of Idaho, Oregon or Washington and attend a college or university in ID, OR or WA. If you are interested in the program, follow the three-step process below. Special note: you must complete these steps in order.




Step 1: Read the MESA FAQs

Step 2: Complete the short MESA Pre-Application If the MESA Pre-Application shows you are eligible, then go to Step 3.

Step 3: Complete the MESA Application (you must complete Step 2 first).

To participate, students must establish that they meet income and asset guidelines. In addition to basic information about you and your educational goals, the application will ask questions about your household, income, employment, and assets. The sections you will complete are:

Items you’ll need to complete the application (you are able to save and continue the application at any time):

  1.  Photo ID
  2.  Most recent tax return (1040)
  3.  Current employer contact and pay stub
  4. Documents on alimony, child support, SSI, SSDI, SNAP, Food Stamps, TANF and/or EITC
  5. Checking, savings, business, investments and other assets (excluding your primary home and vehicle)
  6. Balances on student loans, medical, personal loans, credit cards, payday loans and/or outstanding bills
  7.  If you are claimed by a parent, guardian or other you must include all income for the household.
  8.  If you are under the age of 18 you must have a Social Security Card, school record or report card, or a clinic/doctor/hospital record.


Already have a MESA account? Login to access your saved application, click here.