GSD Online Financial Aid System

Welcome to the Graduate School of Design Financial Aid System.  Access to this aid system is given to all GSD applicants, and is not an indication of admission.

Your Student Username
For new applicants or newly admitted students, your student username will be the email address you provided on your application for admission.

Technical Specifications 
To prevent any issues using the Online Financial Aid System, please be sure that your computer meets the following technical specifications. Keep in mind that Internet Explorer on a PC, is the ideal environment.

  1. Use Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer (Do NOT use Safari or Chrome, dependent on user settings, sometimes does not submit properly)
  2. Use a wired connection instead of a wifi connection
  3. Change your security setting to low (user specific firewalls and security settings affect submission)

Frequently Asked Questions

1.) How will I know if my application was submitted successfully?

  • To check if your application was submitted successfully,  log in, click on Menu, click on Financial Aid Application.  If it was submitted successfully you will see the Application Status as Submitted with a Status Date.
  • If you do not see the Applicaton Status and Status date, you will need submit the application again.  Make sure to read over the technical specifications and submit again.

2.) I am having trouble logging in, what should I do?

  • Be sure you read over the technical specifications and have met the requirements.
  • Be sure you aren’t using Safari or Chrome.
  • Be sure you signed up as a first-time user.
  • If you have trouble during your first time, you are no longer considered a first-time user. You can reset your password using your security questions.
  • Be sure you are using your email address as your Student Username and not your Application Reference Number or SSN.
  • Be sure you are using the password you created just for this system, and not some other system’s password.
  • You may need to clear your temporary files and internet cookies via your browser's cache.

3.) I have reviewed and followed the answers in question 2, but I am still having trouble logging in, what should I do?

  • Please contact the GSD Financial Aid Office via email ( or via phone (617-495-5455)

4.) I am receving it error, it says:  "Your Verification information cannot be validated. Please contact your financial aid office for assistance.”

  • It may be that your information is not matching with your credentials in our system.  You will need the email you supplied the Admissions Office, your Admission Applicant Reference Number, and your date of birth.
  • You will find your Admission Applicant Reference Number located in the upper right hand corner of your status page, when you log into
  • Your date of birth must be typed in the exact mm/dd/yyy format.  For example: June 1, 1994, should be typed as 06/01/1994.  The zero must be included before the month and date, additionally you must enter the forward slashes.  The only acceptable format is mm/dd/yyyy

5.) I made a mistake on my application, and need to change an answer, how do I change it?

  • If you need to make corrections after you submit, please email the Financial Aid Office ( to reset your status.