Graduate Theological Union

Financial Aid Priority Deadlines

Each of the institutions of the Graduate Theological Union has its own priority deadline for financial aid. The priority deadline is the deadline by which students must apply in order to receive priority consideration for forms of aid that are limited in nature, such as institutional aid and federal work-study. GTU Common M.A. students use the priority deadline listed for their school of affiliation. Students at DSPT, JST, SFTS, and SKSM should contact their schools directly for institutional grant/scholarship application deadlines and forms.

Applications received by the priority deadline are typically processed well in advance of the next academic year/semester.  The primary, academic-year awarding period for financial aid begins in February and continues through early summer each year.  The timeframe for processing applications received after the primary awarding period is typically three to four weeks.  Students that submit complete applications between mid-August and early September will experience a longer processing time. If a student does not complete the financial aid process in advance of their last date of attendance, they forfeit eligiblity for financial aid assistance that might otherwise have been available during that period of enrollment and becomes fully responsible for all remaining balances.


School         Fall FA Priority Deadlines       Spring FA Priority Deadlines 
ABSW   April 15   November 1
CDS MA   April 1   November 1
CJS MA   April 1   November 1
CIS MA   April 1   November 1
DSPT   March 1   November 1
GTU Doctoral (years 1 - 3)   January 15   N/A
GTU Doctoral (years 4 - 7)       March 15   N/A
IBS (BCC and MA)   April 1   November 1
JST   March 1   October 1
PAOI (MA)   April 1   November 1
SKSM   April 1   November 1
SFTS   April 15   October 1


For more information on how to apply for financial aid, see How to Apply for Financial Aid.