Financial Aid Process

Complete the steps below to become eligible for financial aid.

1. Apply to Northeastern Seminary

Applying to attend Northeastern Seminary is the very first step in your financial aid process. Apply online here.

2. Fill out your FAFSA

You should complete the FAFSA as part of the application process. This will help you gauge whether or not you will be eligible for the need-based scholarship.

  • Apply for your FAFSA
  • All you need is:
    • Northeastern Seminary school code - G34194
    • Driver's license
    • Previous year's federal income tax return—throughout the FAFSA form, you will be asked to reference numbers from your prior year's tax return.

Watch this video for a great overview of how the FAFSA works.



3. Get Accepted to Northeastern

We'll let you know within a few weeks of receiving all application materials if you have been accepted—sooner if the start date is right around the corner—and send you an acceptance package. 

4. Receive Your Financial Aid Award Letter

Award letters outlining your scholarship and loan eligibility are generated after the early incentive deadlines for each semester—June 15 for the fall and November 15 for the spring. If you have completed the FAFSA and have been accepted into the program after June 15 (fall) or November 15 (spring), please allow two weeks for your award letter to be sent.

5. Make Your Decision and Submit Your Deposit

As soon as you know that you'll attend Northeastern, you can submit your enrollment deposit to secure your place! In many cases this occurs at the acceptance stage. If you know you’re coming, you don’t have to wait for the financial aid award letter.

6. Complete Enrollment Documents

See acceptance package for required forms and return them to Admissions, Northeastern Seminary 2265 Westside Drive, Rochester, NY 14624.

Financial Planning

We encourage all students to explore the long-term financial implications of your schooling. Please take time to look through the material presented in Mapping Your Financial Future.

Eligibility Awareness

As you are forecasting the future costs of seminary, it is important to remain eligible for your financial awards. Here are four important things to remember:

  • Loans and credit hours – You must be enrolled for at least 4.5 credit hours per semester to be eligible for federal loans
  • Scholarships – Seminary-awarded scholarships are available to both full and part-time students
  • FAFSA completion – All Seminary scholarship and loan eligibility requires annual resubmission of the FAFSA form. Forms may be submitted as early as October 1 of the previous academic year.

Entrance Counseling

If you are receiving a loan for the first time at Northeastern Seminary, upon receipt of the award letter, you will need to complete entrance counseling before your funds will be disbursed. This is done online by logging onto the Federal Student Aid website here and completing the online student counseling portion. You will receive further instructions on entrance counseling with your award letter.

Federal Direct Loan Program

Once you have completed the entrance counseling, funds will not be released to Northeastern Seminary until you have completed and signed the Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) through the Federal Student Aid website here. Instructions will be provided in the award letter. The rate and fees charged are set by the Department of Education annually effective 7/1. For more information regarding the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, please visit Contact the Northeastern Seminary/Roberts Wesleyan College student financial services office for any questions at 585.594.6150 or

Account Statement

Two weeks after the start of class, all students receive an account statement that shows their student account balance. At two weeks, all students should have paid for their semester in full.