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    Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

    Financial Aid Office
    130 Essex Street
    South Hamilton, MA 01982
    (978) 646-4018
    Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F

    Student Accounts Office
    130 Essex St.
    South Hamilton, MA 01982
    (978) 646-4049
    Fax: (978) 646-4601

    Fall and Spring Hours:
    Closed Daily for Lunch 1:00pm-2:00pm
    Closed Wednesdays for Chapel 11:00am-12:15pm

    Summer Hours:
    Monday-Thursday: 9:00am-3:30pm
    Closed for Lunch: 1:00pm-2:00pm
    Friday: Closed

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How Do I Apply for Financial Aid?

Once you are admitted to a Master's degree program, you may apply for financial aid. Review the general eligibility requirements for loans at Eligibility for Student Loans. To apply for financial aid, follow the steps outlined below.

Step 1

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.

For help creating a FSA ID for the first time, see FSA ID 101.


Step 2

Complete the Gordon-Conwell Financial Aid Application and return it to the Financial Aid Office.


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Please note: Scholarship deadlines may be different than FAFSA or GCTS Financial Aid Application deadlines. Find more information about scholarships, including applications and deadlines, on the Scholarships and Grants page.


Step 3

Review the Student Activity Report (SAR) that you receive after submitting your FAFSA. If needed, address any issues on your SAR. If you receive an email from the GCTS Financial Aid Office, respond to any question or request for more information. GCTS Financial Aid staff can not issue an award to you until both your FAFSA and GCTS Financial Aid Application are complete.


Step 4

Let the Financial Aid Office know if any information on your application changes including course load, scholarships, or outside support.

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. If there are any outstanding issues that need to be resolved before they can make a determination, Financial Aid staff will be in touch with you. Answering quickly helps the Financial Aid 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, 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 can also decline a loan or accept a smaller amount.

Indicate your decision on the Award Acceptance Statement according to the instructions in the letter and return it to the Financial Aid Office.


Appeal Process

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.


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 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.