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Students seeking financial assistance at Harvard Law School should plan to contribute all of their own personal resources toward meeting educational expenses before the Law School will provide any of its own financial assistance. In addition, while all graduate students, by definition, are considered independent of their parents by the federal government for the purposes of determining eligibility for federal loan assistance, Harvard Law School always considers parent resources when determining eligibility for its need-based institutional grant and loan funds. An exception to this policy is made only for those who reach age 29 by September 1st of the academic year for which they are applying for aid.

Student Contribution from Summer Income

Each year, a student contribution from income is assessed based on the earnings in the summer prior to that academic year.  This section details this calculation.

Student Contribution from Assets

Students should expect to contribute all of their personal assets toward their educational expenses over the course of their three year legal education. A student’s contribution from assets each year will include one third of any assets reported on financial aid application forms. More information on this policy is available in this section.

Assessed Parent Resources

Harvard Law School uses a nationally accepted institutional methodology formula, coordinated by the College Scholarship Service (CSS), to calculate a parental resource assessment from the natural parents of all students seeking institutional grant and loan assistance. This section contains information on the calculation.

Why HLS Considers Parent Resources