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Apply for Financial Aid

A Reminder

Students are responsible for financing the cost of attendance at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Students seeking financial assistance must make every reasonable effort to adjust their lifestyle 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 the cost of attendance.

How Do I Apply for Financial Aid?

Admitted students in any of our masters-level degree program may apply for financial aid.

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.

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 Report (SAR) that you receive after submitting your FAFSA and, if needed, address any issues on your SAR. The GCTS financial aid staff cannot issue an award until both your FAFSA and Gordon-Conwell applications are received.

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

Students accepted for admission to Gordon-Conwell will receive a written decision with the financial aid award once their completed file has been reviewed. 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).


 

You Receive a Financial Aid Offer

Eligible students will receive an email from the Financial Aid Office with the award offer beginning mid-May for the following fall semester. Students who submit applications after the priority deadline will receive an award offer on a rolling basis.


 

You Return Your Loan Acceptance Statement

Students have the choice to accept or decline any award offer or choose to accept a smaller loan amount than what is offered. Loan Acceptance Statement (page four of the package) should be returned 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

Students may request a review in writing clearly stating the reasons for the appeal. An appeal does not guarantee additional financial assistance. Appeals are not reviewed until after the semester begins. Students should make education plans based on the original decision.

Please note: The Financial Aid Office must adhere to all federal regulations and Gordon-Conwell policies when determining financial aid.