Grants are determined once per year, during the winter.

The MEFV awards its grants once a year, in early spring. We accept applications by US mail after September 15th and applications must be postmarked by November 30th to be eligible to be reviewed for awards announced on or about the following March 15th.

No exceptions are made to this schedule.

You are eligible to apply for a given year’s grant awards if your expected entry date lies between that year’s award date and 15 months after that year’s award date. That is, you can apply for the March 2019 awards if you are scheduled to enter any time between March 15, 2019 and June 15, 2020.

If your application is denied, you may reapply in any following year as long as you are still making a good faith effort to pay your loans and you have not entered. If you enter your order, you will not be permitted reapply.

To reapply, please submit a letter indicating you are reapplying and informing us of your payment progress since you last applied. Reapplications must include newly completed application forms. If there has been a significant change in your vocation story, you may include an addendum to it.

Important Dates
for the 2019 Awards


Application Forms Available
September 1, 2018

Application Period Begins
September 15, 2018

Application Must Be Postmarked By
November 30, 2018

Grants To Be Announced On Or Around
March 15, 2019

Last Eligible Entry Into Religious Life
June 15, 2020