This page will help you determine if you are eligible to apply for a grant from the MEFV to assist with the payment of your student loans so that you may enter religious life.
Of course, the first basic assumption is that you have discerned or are discerning that God is calling you to a consecrated life of service to Him and His Church. (And we are very thankful that you have generously responded to that call.) If you’re just roaming the web, looking for debt relief, we invite you to look elsewhere.
There are four questions which determine your eligibility to apply for a grant from the MEFV:
- Do you and/or your institute fall within our geographical area of support? To be eligible to apply for a grant from the MEFV, you must be either a citizen of the United States or Canada or your future religious institute must have some of its formation or apostolates in the United States and/or Canada and you will be either formed in North America and/or participate in the order’s North American apostolates.
- Would we be able to administer a grant made to you? Your student loans must be payable in US dollars. Additionally, the formators and/or superiors with which we will interact to administer a grant, must be able to understand and be understood in English.
- Will you be entering the kind of institutes we assist? We only assist institutes of Vowed Religious Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. We will assist Public Associations of the Faithful which are working to become one of those two forms of consecrated life. We do not assist Secular Institutes and private Associations of Lay Faithful. Also, our grant programs no longer cover men headed for formation as diocesan priests.
- Have you already entered the formation of your institute? If you haven’t and you won’t until after you receive a grant (if you receive a grant), you are automatically eligible to apply. If you have entered, we assume you did so because someone already made a commitment (implicitly or explicitly) to pay your loans. To avoid abuse of our programs, we must individually review your situation to determine your eligibility.