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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 2022-2023 Financial Aid Information and follow the steps outlined below.


Step 1

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Use this application for a renewal or to file for the first time. The school code for Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is G09747.

For help creating a FSA ID for the first time:


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 from FAFSA and Gordon-Conwell Financial Aid deadlines. Review information and deadlines for scholarships and for the Partnership Program.


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 Gordon-Conwell 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 Gordon-Conwell 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 Gordon-Conwell Financial Aid Application every year to be considered for financial aid.


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 2022-2023 Financial Aid Information and follow the steps outlined below.


Step 1

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Use this application for a renewal or to file for the first time. The school code for Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is G09747.

For help creating a FSA ID for the first time:


Step 2

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

You will need the latest version of Acrobat Reader to view and download. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat, click here to download for free at Adobe.com.

Please note: Scholarship deadlines may be different from FAFSA and Gordon-Conwell Financial Aid deadlines. Review information and deadlines for scholarships and for the Partnership Program.


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 Gordon-Conwell 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 Gordon-Conwell 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 Gordon-Conwell Financial Aid Application every year to be considered for financial aid.


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 2022-2023 Financial Aid Information and follow the steps outlined below.


Step 1

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Use this application for a renewal or to file for the first time. The school code for Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is G09747.

For help creating a FSA ID for the first time:


Step 2

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

You will need the latest version of Acrobat Reader to view and download. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat, click here to download for free at Adobe.com.

Please note: Scholarship deadlines may be different from FAFSA and Gordon-Conwell Financial Aid deadlines. Review information and deadlines for scholarships and for the Partnership Program.


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 Gordon-Conwell 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 Gordon-Conwell 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 Gordon-Conwell Financial Aid Application every year to be considered for financial aid.


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 2022-2023 Financial Aid Information and follow the steps outlined below.


Step 1

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Use this application for a renewal or to file for the first time. The school code for Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is G09747.

For help creating a FSA ID for the first time:


Step 2

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

You will need the latest version of Acrobat Reader to view and download. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat, click here to download for free at Adobe.com.

Please note: Scholarship deadlines may be different from FAFSA and Gordon-Conwell Financial Aid deadlines. Review information and deadlines for scholarships and for the Partnership Program.


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 Gordon-Conwell 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 Gordon-Conwell 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 Gordon-Conwell Financial Aid Application every year to be considered for financial aid.


What Happens Next?

The Financial Aid Office Reviews Your Completed Application

You will receive a written decision once your completed file has been reviewed. (Final action and award notification is not made for prospective students until after the student is accepted for admission to Gordon-Conwell.)  The financial aid offer consists of Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan aid up to the cost of attendance (including tuition, fees, and estimated expenses for books and supplies), which is partially determined by the number of courses in which the student enrolls.


You Receive a Financial Aid Offer

The Financial Aid Office will email award offers to eligible students. Most students received an award offer beginning mid-May for the following fall semester. Students who submit applications after the priority deadline will received an award offer on a rolling basis.


You Return Your Loan Acceptance Statement

When you receive a Financial Aid Offer, you need to review the information, decide what you would like to do, and return the Loan Acceptance Statement (page four of the package) to the Financial Aid Office.

You have the choice to accept or decline any award offer. You also have the choice to 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 made in writing and clearly state your reasons for the appeal. An appeal does not guarantee additional assistance and appeals are not reviewed until 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 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.