How to apply for financial aid

To apply for financial aid, complete these steps: 

  1. Complete the application

    Students should log in to Federal Student Aid, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and complete any other documents required by the Office of Student Financial Planning.

    Please use Lasell University FASFA Code: 002158

    To maximize your aid eligibility, be sure to apply by the appropriate deadline for your state of residence. For MA state residents, the FAFSA should be completed and submitted no later than May 1 to be considered for MA state grant funding. You will be notified via email indicating if your loan was approved or denied. 
  2. If approved, complete the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling

    If you are receiving your first Direct Subsidized Loan or Direct Unsubsidized Loan, you are required to complete the two following items at Federal Student Aid:
  • Direct Loan Master Promissory Note: The Subsidized/Unsubsidized Master Promissory Note (MPN) is a legal document in which you promise to repay your federal student loan(s) and any accrued interest and fees to your lender or loan holder.  Start the Master Promissory Note process. 
  • Direct Loan Entrance Counseling: Entrance Counseling helps to ensure that you understand the responsibilities and obligations you are assuming. Loan proceeds cannot be credited to your student account until you fulfill this requirement. Start the Entrance Counseling process.
  1. Log in to complete Exit Counseling.
    • You will need your Federal Student Aid ID. If you do not have one or forgot yours, go to create an FSA ID.

    • The entire counseling process must be completed in a single session. Most people complete counseling in 20-30 minutes.

  2. Complete exit counseling:
    Students who have a subsidized or unsubsidized loan under the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program and Federal Grad PLUS Loan must complete an "Exit Loan Counseling" session during their final semester.

  3. Financial Aid Agreement Form
    Please fill out this form to update us on your financial aid needs and excepted enrollment.
  4. Grad PLUS Loan

    The U.S. Department of Education makes Direct PLUS Loans to eligible graduate or professional students through schools participating in the Direct Loan Program.

    To receive a Grad PLUS loan, you must:

    • Be a graduate or professional student enrolled at least half-time at an eligible school in a program leading to a graduate or professional degree or certificate;

    • Not have an adverse credit history (unless you meet certain additional eligibility requirements)

    • Meet the general eligibility requirements for federal student aid.

Learn more here.

Please note: The Department of Education mandates that all first time Federal Direct Student Loan and Federal Grad PLUS borrowers complete an "entrance counseling" session before receiving their loan. Loan proceeds can not be credited to students' accounts until they fulfill this requirement.

At Lasell, we work with you to help make your education affordable. Feel free to call, email, or visit the Office of Financial Aid at Lasell University to discuss your financial options at any time. 

Office of Financial Aid
Phone: 617-243-2227
Fax: 617-243-2326
1844 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton MA 02466

Financial Aid Agreement Form

Lasell University defines full-time and half-time graduate enrollment below:

Full-time Graduate 
9 credits  per 15-week semester
6 credits per 8-week semester
Half-time Graduate
6 credits per 15-week semester
3 credits per 8-week semester

In order to be eligible for federal aid, students must be enrolled a minimum of half-time. 

  • The Winter session is optional. As a stand-alone term, winter intersession does not qualify for financial aid. A student may receive aid for the intersession if he or she is in either Spring main or Spring I. Winter will be attached to one of those sessions to receive aid.
  • Certificate programs are not eligible. Students must be admitted to a degree program.
  • Aid will be disbursed after the add/drop deadline for each session. If a student has not attended any classes, they will not be considered in attendance and will not receive financial aid for that session.


Accident & Sickness Insurance Info

Graduate students are not eligible to be covered by the Lasell University Student Health Insurance. Courses that meet strictly online and courses that meet less than 15 days a semester on campus are not included in calculating qualifying credits. If you need health insurance, see more information below.

International Graduate Students

International Graduate Students are strongly encouraged to purchase health insurance coverage prior to arrival in the United States. It is advised to protect against unforeseen health circumstances while studying here at Lasell University. There are a variety of health insurance providers available to assist international students in purchasing coverage. University Health Plan (UHP), the Lasell University provider, is available to answer general insurance plan questions and make appropriate referrals. To speak with a representative, please call (800) 437-6448 or send an email to

Health Care Coverage Information for Graduate Students