Financial Aid is awarded based on a standard 9-month academic year, not by calendar year. The academic year award cycle begins with fall, followed by spring, and ends with summer term. Please Note that under Title IV federal student aid regulations, our summer term is considered a single term comprised of a combination of mini-sessions or modules. A module is defined as a course or courses in a payment period or semester that does not span the entire length of the term.
Students must apply for financial aid each academic year for which they wish to receive financial aid. It is the student's responsibility to reapply for funding as necessary by completing the Financial Aid Application, FAFSA, and any subsequent documents requested by the Financial Aid Office. Awarding normally occurs in the Spring, but students entering in a spring semester should apply in the fall by the published priority deadline. Financial aid applications for new, entering students are reviewed only after the Financial Aid Office has been notified by the Admissions Office that the applicant has been admitted to their program.
IMPORTANT NOTE: GTU MA students must also follow all application requirements of their school of affiliation for institutional tuition assistance eligiblity.
To submit documents to the GTU Financial Aid Office
Email encrypted PDF attachments to: email@example.com
Mail: 2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley, CA 94709
In person: 2465 LeConte Ave., 3rd Floor
Fax: (510) 649-1730
Please remember to print and keep a copy of all documents for your records!
The institutional grant/scholarship aid application vs. federal aid application:
If you are or plan to be a student attending or affiliated with IBS or PAOI 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 Title IV federal student aid and only wish to receive consideration for institutional aid, you do not need to submit any of the documents listed below. Current and Prospective GTU MA and PhD Students must complete the steps outlined below for both institutional and federal aid consideration.
Submit the 2020-2021 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov to the U.S. Department of Education by your priority deadline. Your completed online FAFSA should be signed electronically with your FSA ID so that your financial need can be evaluated. If your 2018 tax return has not been completed 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. Tax information should be updated by using the IRS Data Retreival Tool (DRT), if applicable. It is recommended that you complete the FAFSA online; however, to request a paper FAFSA, please call 800/433-3243. Be sure to designate include the GTU's federal school code (G01207) in the school section of the FAFSA. To check on the status of your FAFSA, call 800/433-3243.
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.
If your SAR is selected for Verification, the Financial Aid Office will request that you complete a Verification Worksheet and submit a copy of your IRS tax transcript, if you have not successfully used the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT). The Verification Worksheet will be made available in late fall each year. Participation in the verification process is not optional. Students who do not submt the required documentation within thirty (30) days of request may experience financial aid processing delays.
If you are a member of a religious order, you must submit a letter from your superior regarding your financial circumstances. The letter should also indicate the level of support that the order will provide for the student's education in the upcoming academic year.
When your file is complete, your financial aid eligibility will be determined and you will receive notification from the 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.
GTU Master of Arts students should contact their member school of affiliation directly for their institutional grant/scholarship application.
Current and prospective GTU PhD and MA students affiliating with a GTU Center must complete the steps outlined below for instituitional financial aid consideration:
Submit bank statements for the most current three month period to the Financial Aid Office by your priority deadline.
If you are a member of a religious order, you must submit a letter from your superior regarding your financial situation. The letter should also indicate the level of support that the order will provide for your education in the upcoming academic year.
When your file is complete, your financial aid eligibility will be determined and you will receive notification from the GTU 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.