How Do I Apply for a Student Loan?
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) here. Use this link to file a FAFSA for the first time or a renewal. The school code for Gordon-Conwell is E00722.
Complete the Gordon-Conwell Financial Aid Application.
Address any items that are missing or need correction on your FAFSA. Answer any questions from the Financial Aid Office about your GCTS Financial Aid Application. Financial Aid staff can not make any determination until both are complete.
Let the Financial Aid Office know if any information on your application changes including course load, scholarships, or outside support.
What Happens Next?
> The Financial Aid Office Reviews Your Completed Application
> You Receive a Financial Aid Decision
After making determinations, the Financial Aid staff email award letters to eligible students. Most students receive an award letter by the first week in June for the following fall semester. Students who submit applications after standard deadlines will receive award letters on a rolling basis.
> You Return Your Award Letter
If you receive a Financial Aid Award Letter, you will need to review the letter, decide what you would like to do, and return the Award Acceptance Statement to the Financial Aid Office.
You have the choice to accept or decline any award. For example, you could accept a scholarship and decline a loan. Or you could accept a smaller loan amount than what was offered.
> Appeal Process
If you feel that the financial aid decision does not accurately reflect your need, you may request a review. Please note that the seminary must adhere to all federal regulations and GCTS policies when determining financial aid.
Your request must be in writing and clearly state your reasons for the appeal. An appeal does not guarantee additional assistance and appeals are not reviewed until well after the semester begins. Therefore, your education plans should be made on the basis of the original decision.
> A Reminder
Students are primarily responsible for financing their cost of attendance at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Students seeking financial assistance must make every reasonable effort to adjust their lifestyles and spending practices to minimize their expenses while attending seminary. In addition, the student must consider spending a portion of savings and assets, pursuing support from family, home congregations, or denominations, and be willing to pursue part-time employment to cover their cost of attendance.