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Apply 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 general eligibility requirements for loans, 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—Boston 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 general eligibility requirements for loans, 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—Boston 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.


Step 3

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.


Step 4

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

You will need to complete a FAFSA and Gordon-Conwell Financial Aid Application each year to explore financial aid options.


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, 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—Charlotte is E00722.

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:

Address any items that are missing or need correction on your FAFSA. Answer 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.


Step 4

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

You will need to complete a FAFSA and Gordon-Conwell Financial Aid Application for every academic year in which you want to investigate 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 general eligibility requirements for loans, 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—Jacksonville is E00722.

For help creating a FSA ID for the first time:


Step 2

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

Please note that deadlines for scholarships and the Partnership Program are different than deadlines for the FAFSA and GCTS Financial Aid Application. Review information and deadlines for scholarships and for the Partnership Program.


Step 3

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.


Step 4

Let the Financial Aid Office know if any information on your application changes including course load 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 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 award 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 Decision

The Financial Aid Office staff email award letters to eligible students. Most students received an award letter in June for the following fall semester. Students who submit applications after standard deadlines will received award letter on a rolling basis.


You Return Your Award Acceptance Statement

When you receive a Financial Aid award, you need to review the letter, decide what you would like to do, and return the Award Acceptance Statement (page two of the letter) to the Financial Aid Office.

You have the choice to accept or decline any award. You also have the choice to accept a smaller loan that 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.