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(MESA) Matched Education Savings Account
Eligible students may save up to $500 for a 3:1 return, or $1,500 in matched funds. Program participants will complete a financial education course and receive up to $2,000 in combined savings and program matched funds. Funds may be applied toward any education expense, including tuition, books, and class materials.
MESA is designed for low and moderate income student residents of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington attending college or university within these states. If you would like to participate in the program, follow each step below in sequential order.
Step 1: Read the MESA’s FAQs.
Step 2: Complete MESA’s pre application. If the application determines that you are eligible, complete step three.
Step 3: Complete MESA’s formal application.
To participate, students must meet income and asset requirements. The application will request students’ basic information, including household/income/employment/assets, and educational goals.
Applicants will complete the following sections:
- Personal information
- Credit union selection
- Education information
- Personal statements
- Household information
Required documentation include:
- Photo ID
- Most recent 1040 tax return
- Current employer contact and most recent pay stub
- Alimony, child support, SSI, SSDI, food stamps, TANF, and/or EITC
- Checking, savings, business, investments, and other assets (excluding your primary home and vehicle)
- Student loan balances, medical, personal loans, credit cards, payday loans, and/or outstanding bills
- If you are claimed by a parent, guardian, or other individual, you must include total household income
- If you are under age 18, you must have a social security card, school record/report card, or a clinic/doctor/hospital record.
Already have a MESA account? Log in to access your saved application here.