How Do I Apply for Financial Aid?
Once you are admitted to a Master's degree program, you may apply for financial aid. See the general requirements to be eligible for financial aid at http://www.gordonconwell.edu/financial-aid/Hamilton.cfm.
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at FAFSA online. Use this application for a renewal or to file for the first time. The school code for Gordon-Conwell is G09747.
Complete the Gordon-Conwell Financial Aid Application and return it to the Financial Aid Office.
- 2016-2017 GCTS Hamilton Financial Aid Application and Information
- 2017-2018 GCTS Hamilton Financial Aid Instructions
- 2017-2018 GCTS Hamilton Financial Aid Application
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Address any missing items on your FAFSA. Follow-up with 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.
Please note that scholarship deadlines may be different than deadlines for the FAFSA and GCTS Financial Aid Application. Find more information about scholarships, including applications and deadlines, on the Scholarships and Grants page.
Plan to complete a new FAFSA and GCTS Financial Aid Application every year to be considered for financial aid.
What Happens Next?
The Financial Aid Office reviews your file
Financial Aid staff will review your completed FAFSA and GCTS Financial Aid Application and determine your financial aid eligibility. They will be in touch with you if there are any outstanding issues that need to be resolved before they can make a determination. Answering quickly helps the Financial Aid Office staff keep the process moving on your behalf.
You receive a Financial Aid Decision
After making determinations, the Financial Aid staff will email award letters to eligible students. Most students will 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.
Depending on your campus and course load, your award letter may include a scholarship or a need-based grant and/ or a student loan. Award letters do not include Federal Work Study. Please contact the Financial Aid Office to explore your eligibility for Federal Work Study.
You return your Award Acceptance 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 Letter 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. You could also accept a smaller amount for a student loan.
You will indicate your decision on the Award Acceptance Statement according to the instructions in the letter and return it to the Financial Aid Office.
If you feel that the financial aid determination 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 should clearly state your reasons for the appeal. An appeal does not guarantee additional assistance and appeals are not typically reviewed until after the semester begins. Therefore, you should make plans based on the original decision.
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 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 consider part-time employment to cover their cost of attendance.