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Application Materials

To apply for aid, you will need the following forms:

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 20212021-2022Now Open2019June 1, 2021
Spring 20222021-2022Now Open2019November 1, 2021
Summer 20222021-2022Now Open2019March 1, 2022

Financial Aid for 2021–22 Courses

  • Step 1: Submit the online 2021-2022 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 through your Financial Aid Portal in MyDCE beginning May 1st, 2021.
  • 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
  • Register using your anticipated financial aid on the first day of registration for fall or spring 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.