Financial Aid Application Procedures
To apply for financial aid you must complete and submit the FAFSA and the Gordon-Conwell financial aid form (both forms are located below). Unless both the FAFSA and Gordon-Conwell forms have been submitted, the Financial Aid office does not email award letters nor are reminder notes sent to prospective or returning students. Gordon-Conwell assumes the student will take responsibility to complete the process if they intend to apply for Federal or Institutional aid.
No action will be taken on an application until all requested information has been received by the financial aid office (and the prospective student has been accepted for admission). Applications that become complete after stated filing dates will be considered late and will be reviewed and awards made as funds permit. In order to determine your eligibility for need-based assistance (including seminary grant funds, federal student loans and work-study opportunities), a completed financial aid application is required annually.The following steps should be followed to apply for financial aid:
Complete the "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" (Renewal or new form.) The school code for Gordon-Conwell is G09747. Complete the FAFSA online.
Complete the Gordon-Conwell Financial Aid Application.
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Keep available a copy of your completed Federal tax return. You will be contacted if the forms are needed for verification.
Financial Aid Decision
Financial Aid award letters are emailed to new admissions accepted and returning students provided their FAFSA and GCTS financial aid applications have been received (Step I and II above). Emailed Financial Aid award letters are sent after completed files have been reviewed beginning in May. This allows time for the Financial Aid office to receive notification from the Partnership, Admissions and Pierce departments of the recipients of various merit and ministerial scholarships. (Applications, deadline dates and departmental contact information for these particular scholarships may be found on our Scholarships and Grants page.) The award decision may offer an aid package comprised of a combination of loans, scholarships or need-based grants. (Note: Gordon-Conwell must adhere to all Federal regulations and GCTS policies when determining financial aid. A decision to deny aid may be made if the student is not in compliance.)
A student may be eligible for Federal Work Study; however, we do not address this in award letters as it is not a grant applied to a student's account. Rather, it is a paycheck earned at an on-campus job. Please check with the Financial Aid office to determine if you are eligible.
If you feel the financial aid decision does not accurately reflect your need, you may request another review. Your request must be in writing and should clearly state your reasons for the appeal. An appeal does not guarantee additional assistance. Appeals are not reviewed until well after the semester begins. Therefore, your education plans should be made on the basis of the original decision.
Students are primarily responsible for financing their cost of attendance at Gordon-Conwell. 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 sources such as parents, family, home congregations, denominations, etc. and be willing to pursue part-time employment.