An explanation of how and when to apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as how we will notify you of your financial aid award.
Assessing your eligibility for federal, state, and institutional financial aid (Lesley University sponsored funding) begins with your submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. After you complete the FAFSA, the university's Financial Aid Office will send you your Financial Aid award letter, or contact you regarding additional documentation that is required.
We recommend that you file the FAFSA when you apply for admission to the university, and for each subsequent year of your program to renew your eligibility. We are unable to award financial aid before you are accepted into a program; however, we will contact you if we need any documentation to complete your application. Submitting the FAFSA also authorizes Lesley University to disburse (credit) funds to you.
The U.S. Department of Education randomly selects about 30% of all students to complete a process known as "verification." Therefore, don't be concerned if you have been selected. After you complete the FAFSA, our Financial Aid Office will contact you for any additional verification documents that are required. We will contact you via your Lesley University email address, so please check this account regularly, or have it forwarded to an account you do check. Once you have been accepted, you can also log into your LOIS account to view a list of your required documents (under "My Documents").
Once we have received your completed FAFSA and other documents that we may have requested, we will notify you of your award.
The tentative award letter is an early estimate of your financial aid eligibility. If you filed the FAFSA early with estimated tax information, the aid offered on your tentative award letter may change based on your (or your parents') actual tax return. The closer your estimates are to the actual amounts on your tax return, the closer the tentative award will be to the final award.
The financial aid award letter is the official notification of your financial aid eligibility. The letter contains:
Types of Aid:
Adult Undergraduates: Bachelor's Completion
Graduate and Doctoral Students
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Apply for Financial Aid
FAFSA Tutorial Videos
Disbursement of Funds to Your Account
Pay Your Bill–Student Accounts
Financial Aid Office
Financial Aid Policies
Frequently Asked Questions
14-15 Financial Aid Award Guide [pdf]
13-14 Financial Aid Award Guide [pdf]
Notification letters from private scholarship donors should be sent to:
Lesley UniversityOffice of Financial Aid
29 Everett St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
2014–2015 Forms [pdfs]
Special Conditions RequestSubmit this form if you had an unexpected marked change in your family's financial situation in the 2014 calendar year compared to what you reported on the FAFSA.
Dependency Override RequestSubmit this form if you believe you should be considered an Independent student.
Consortium AgreementSubmit this form to your academic advisor if you are taking courses outside Lesley University that will be transfer towards your Lesley degree.
2015–2016 Forms [pdfs]
Special Conditions RequestSubmit this form if you had an unexpected marked change in your family's financial situation in the 2015 calendar year compared to what you reported on the FAFSA.