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J.D. Student Financial Services at Harvard Law School



Harvard Law School has a long-standing commitment to preserving access to the J.D. program for all admitted candidates, regardless of family financial strength. Admissions decisions are made regardless of ability to pay. Any student with financial concerns is encouraged to apply for financial assistance.Student Financial Services encourages students to come by and discuss financial concerns any time during the year. Harvard Law School offers two types of application for aid. You can apply as a “need-based aid applicant” to be considered for HLS Grant assistance, or you can apply as a “loan only applicant” which will greatly simplify the application process but exclude you from consideration for Grant aid. For “loan only” applicants only student information is required; no parental financial information is required or collected. The 2018-2019 Financial Aid application process for Admitted Students to the class of 2021 will open on February 28, 2018. The continuing student application process for 2018-2019 will open in late March 2018. Watch your HLS email for details!

Location:

 United States

 Benefits

Standard student budget (9-month) in 2017-2018:
  • Tuition $61,650
  • Room/Board/Personal Allowance $23,158
  • Mandatory HUHS Student Health Fee $1,142
  • Waivable Harvard University Student Health Insurance Plan (HUSHP) Fee $3,130
  • Books and Supplies Allowance $1,325
  • Travel Allowance $1,575
  • Stafford Loan Fees $220
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    Total Budget $92,200
Note: International students do not pay Stafford Loan Fees. The travel allowance for international students is increased by an equivalent amount to produce the same total budget.

 Eligibilities

If you do not have any siblings in college, you should consider applying as a “need-based aid applicant” for Grant assistance if:
  • your parents’ total family income (not the AGI on your tax return, but your actual gross income from all sources before deductions) is less than $180,000 per year and
  • your parents’ net worth (from all investments excluding savings in qualified retirement accounts, plus home equity, plus other savings, trusts, business value, and real estate equity) falls within the range typical for the HLS Grant recipient population, which is $0 to $500,000
  • please note that if your parents’ income exceeds $150,000 there is a low likelihood that you will qualify for HLS Grant assistance
If you have siblings in college, you should consider applying as a “need-based aid applicant” for Grant assistance if:
  • your parents’ total family income (not the AGI on your tax return, but your actual gross income from all sources before deductions) is less than $250,000 per year and
  • your parents’ net worth (from all investments excluding savings in qualified retirement accounts, plus home equity, plus other savings, trusts, business value, and real estate equity) falls within the range typical for the HLS Grant recipient population, which is $0 to $500,000
  • please note that if your parents’ income exceeds $180,000 there is a low likelihood that you will qualify for HLS Grant assistance
Eligible Regions: Open for All.