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Program Description and Financial Aid Application Process

Harvard Law School provides qualifying post-9/11 veterans the maximum assistance available through the Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program.

Under the program, the Department of Veterans Affairs matches school aid contributions made to eligible veterans. Harvard Law School has agreed to contribute the maximum amount to be matched by the VA for all eligible veterans. The combination of federal and HLS grants is expected to cover the full cost of tuition and fees for the academic year.

If you are an eligible veteran and an enrolled HLS student (or if you will enroll in the fall), please contact Student Financial Services at to notify the school of your interest in the program. We will ask you to submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to HLS Student Financial Services prior to the start of the academic year in order to process your Yellow Ribbon benefit. Veterans who choose to receive the Yellow Ribbon benefit will waive their eligibility for need-based HLS aid, and will not be required to complete an application for HLS aid.

Additional VA benefits for veterans provide substantial assistance for living expenses. These benefits should cover academic year living expenses for most Yellow Ribbon recipients. However, Yellow Ribbon recipients may also apply for federal student loans to meet living expenses costs, if needed. Because Yellow Ribbon recipients do not receive aid through the need-based HLS aid program, this borrowing will not be eligible for assistance through the Low Income Protection Plan. If you are a Yellow Ribbon recipient and want more information on applying for federal student loans, contact Student Financial Services at