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Application Materials

To apply for financial aid, you will need to submit:

More information can be found on the individual term pages, listed below.

Which FAFSA Should I Complete and Which Tax Year Information Should I Be Using?

Requesting aid forSubmit this FAFSAFAFSA availabilityUse tax/income information fromPriority deadline for this term
Fall 20222022-2023Now Open2020June 1, 2022
Spring 20232022-2023Now Open2020November 1, 2022
Summer 20232022-2023Now Open2020March 1, 2023

Financial Aid for 2022–23 Courses

  • Step 1: Submit the online 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (enter the Extension School federal code, E00209, in the school section of the FAFSA). Please allow 3-5 business days for processing before proceeding to Step 2.​
    • Please note: parental information with electronic signature is required for dependent students
    • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students only: if you do not have a valid Social Security Number, please contact Student Financial Services at studentfinance@extension.harvard.edu for further guidance.
  • Step 2: Submit the Financial Aid Application Supplement
    • The Fall/Spring Aid Supplement will be available in your Financial Aid Portal in early April.  From MyDCE, choose the menu option in the top left corner (3 lines next to the shield) and follow the prompts to enter the Financial Aid Portal.
  • Step 3: Review your Financial Aid Portal for any outstanding requirements.
    • You may be required to verify information you provided on your financial aid application by submitting additional supporting documentation (for example, proof of citizenship or verification worksheet) before your application is considered complete. For this reason, you are encouraged to apply before the priority deadline.
    • You may view your application status in the Financial Aid Portal at any time. Student Financial Services will contact you if additional documentation is required.

Requested documentation must be received by Student Financial Services no later than 30 days prior to the last day of a term. If documentation is not received by this deadline, financial aid funds may not be awarded for that term.

Priority deadlines

The completed application is due:

  • June 1 for the fall term
  • November 1 for the spring term

Submitting a completed application by the priority deadline allows you to:

  • Be considered for institutional aid
  • Be notified of your financial aid eligibility prior to the payment deadline for the term

If you submit your completed application after a priority deadline, we will determine your eligibility for federal loans and grants on a rolling basis. You may be considered for institutional aid if funds are still available.

You should receive your financial aid offer within six weeks of completing your application.