Graduate Theological Union

Financial Aid: How to Apply

Financial Aid is awarded based on a 9-month academic year, not by calendar year. Students must apply for financial aid each academic year for which they wish to receive financial aid. This normally occurs in the Spring, but students entering in a Spring term can apply in the Fall.  Financial aid applications for new students are reviewed only after the Consortial Financial Aid Office has been notified that a student has been admitted.

GTU Common MA students: Follow the application requirements for your School of Affiliation.

 

To submit documents to the Consortial Financial Aid Office:

Email PDF attachments: finaid@gtu.edu
Fax: 510/649-1730
Mail: 2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley, CA 94709
In person: 2465 LeConte Ave., 3rd Floor

Please remember to print and keep a copy of all documents for your records!

 

Domestic Students

  1. The institutional grant/scholarship aid application vs. federal aid application:

    1. If you are or plan to be a student attending or affiliated with DSPT, JST, SFTS, or SKSM, then you will need to contact your school directly for the institutional grant/scholarship application in addition to completing the steps outlined below for federal aid. If you are not interested in federal aid and only wish to receive consideration for institutional aid, you do not need to submit any of the documents listed below.

    2. Current and prospective students attending or affiliated with all other member schools need to complete the steps outlined below for both institutional and federal aid consideration.

  1. Submit the 2014-2015 Financial Aid Application for Domestic Students to the Consortial Financial Aid Office by your school's priority deadline.

  1. Submit the 2014-2015 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to the U.S. Department of Education by your school's priority deadline. If your taxes are not complete by this deadline, use estimated tax information. If you use estimated tax information on the FAFSA, be sure to make a correction to your FAFSA as soon as your actual tax information is available.  It is recommended that you complete the FAFSA online; however, to request a paper FAFSA, please call 800/433-3243. Be sure to designate your school of affiliation in the school section and to include the correct Federal school code. To check on the status of your FAFSA, call 800/433-3243.

  1. After submitting your FAFSA, you should receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). Carefully review the SAR and submit any corrections. If any actions on your part are indicated on the SAR, follow the instructions promptly; a delay in this process will delay the processing of your financial aid.

  1. If your SAR is selected for verification, the Consortial Financial Aid Office will request that you complete a Verification Worksheet and submit a signed copy of your federal tax return.  The 2014-15 Verification worksheet will be made available in spring 2014.

  1. If you are a member of a religious order, you must submit a letter from your superior regarding your financial situation. The letter should indicate the level of support that the order will provide for your education in the upcoming academic year.

  1. When your file is complete, your financial aid eligibility will be determined and you will receive notification from the Consortial Financial Aid Office outlining your financial aid award package. Please follow the steps outlined in the Financial Aid Award Checklist once you have received this notification.

International Students

  1. If you are or plan to be a student attending or affiliated with DSPT, JST, SFTS, or SKSM: contact your school directly for the institutional grant/scholarship application. You do not need to submit any of the documents listed below to the Consortial Financial Aid Office.  Current and prospective students attending or affiliated with all other member schools: complete the steps outlined below for instituitional grant/scholarship aid consideration.

  2. Submit the 2014-2015 Financial Aid Application for International Students to the Consortial Financial Aid Office by your school's priority deadline.

  3. Submit bank statements for the past three months to the Consortial Financial Aid Office by your school's priority deadline.

  4. If you are a member of a religious order, you must submit a letter from your superior regarding your financial situation. The letter should indicate the level of support that the order will provide for your education in the upcoming academic year.

  5. When your file is complete, your financial aid eligibility will be determined and you will receive notification from the Consortial Financial Aid Office outlining your financial aid award package. Please follow the steps outlined in the Financial Aid Award Checklist once you have received this notification.

 

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