The GSD offers financial assistance in the form of grants, loans, and employment awards. If you have questions, please read our Financial Aid FAQ or contact us.

Application Schedule

Application Available Due
GSD Financial Aid – Prospective Students January 2022 Early February 2022
GSD Financial Aid – Returning Students March 2022 Early April 2022
FAFSA October 2021 Early February 2022 (Prospective)

Early April 2022 (Returning)

Private Loans Varies Varies
Outside Scholarships Varies Varies

Financial Aid Application Checklist

All students interested in financial aid must follow these steps.

  1. Determine the Non-Federal Aid You Wish to be Considered For
    This will come in handy soon. When you complete the internal GSD financial aid application, you'll need to indicate any non-federal aid that you'd like to be considered for. This includes the GSD Grant, all Harvard University Grants, and any outside scholarships.
  2. Complete the GSD Financial Aid application
    If you’d like to be considered for the GSD Grant or any of the Harvard University Grants, please complete the internal GSD application. Detailed instructions on how to apply will be emailed to applicants in mid-January.

    If you're Special Instructions
    Applying to DDES A portion of your tuition may be covered by the GSD grant and/or GSD Teaching Fellowship during the first two years of the program. You will need to complete the GSD Financial Aid Disclosure Form before any awards can be offered. You'll receive an email once the form is made available.
    Applying to MDE MDE program applicants are not eligible for the GSD Grant. Dependent on your citizenship status you may be eligible for federal or private loans.
    Military Affiliated Certain benefits are available for veterans, family members of veterans, and active military personnel. Qualified applicants should consult the Financial Aid Office during the admissions application process.
  3. Complete the FAFSA Application(US citizens and permanent residents only)
    Create an account and complete the application. When prompted, please use the federal school code E00212. You could be awarded The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and/or The Federal Direct GradPlus Loan based on your application. Interest rates and fees are set annually. In addition to federal loans, you may be granted Federal Work-Study based on your FAFSA application.
  4. Consider Applying for a Private Loan
    Harvard University maintains a listing of private loan options for students to choose from. Loans options may be limited due to a student's borrowing strength, partnership with a U.S. cosigner, as well as country of citizenship. An email will be sent in June to indicate the start of the loan application process.

After Applying

Admitted students will be informed about their financial aid at the time of admission decisions provided they have applied by the deadline. Applying for Financial Assistance has no bearing on an application for admission. Late applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.