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New Admits

  • Upon Admission and Rolling Throughout the Spring & Summer

    (Process opens in late February)

    • Step 1: Complete Your Preliminary Financial Aid Application
    • Step 2: Review/Understand Your Provisional Financial Aid Award Offer
  • May 1

    Submit Admissions Decision to the HLS Admissions Office.

  • Early June (and through the Summer for late Admits and New Transfers)

    Use Harvard University ID to create your University PIN in order to be ready to access the university’s billing system

  • Beginning Early June

    • Step 3: Understand Your Loan Options and take any necessary action to select/apply for loans
  • Mid-July

    • Step 4: Receive email notification of  billed fall semester charges and ensure that you are financially cleared. If not, make an e-payment or continue applying for additional supplemental loans.
  • Mid-August

    • Step 4: Deadline to be financially cleared for fall semester classes – if necessary, make an e-payment or continue applying for additional supplemental loans.
  • Late-August/Early September

    Register for fall classes (if financially cleared)

    • Step 4: Receive cash advance direct deposits (or checks via mail) after registration if anticipated financial aid credits exceed fall charges.
  • Mid-September

    • Step 5:
      • E-sign Federal Direct Stafford, Perkins and/or Harvard loan master promissory notes if applicable
      • Submit all post-award documents to HLS Student Financial Services
      • Complete your online Entrance Interview
  • Early November

    • Step 5:
      • All Grant recipients: Receive email notification of your finalized HLS financial aid award including final grant eligibility and LIPP borrowing eligibility
      • All Loan ONLY recipients: Receive email notification of your finalized HLS financial aid award and final maximum LIPP borrowing eligibility

Continuing Students

  • Late-March until Late April

    • Step 1: Complete Your Preliminary Financial Aid Application
  • Beginning Early July

    • Step 2: Review / Understand Your Provisional Financial Aid Award Offer
    • Step 3: Understand Your Loan Options and take any necessary action
  • Mid-July

    • Step 4: Receive email notification of  billed fall semester charges and ensure that you are financially cleared. If not, make an e-payment or continue applying for additional supplemental loans.
  • Mid-August

    • Step 4: Deadline to be financially cleared for fall semester classes – if necessary, make an e-payment or continue applying for additional supplemental loans.
  • Late-August/Early September

    Register for fall classes (if financially cleared)

    • Step 4: Receive cash advance direct deposits (or checks via mail) after registration if anticipated financial aid credits exceed fall charges.
  • Mid-September

    Step 5:

    • E-sign Federal Direct Stafford, Perkins and/or Harvard loan master promissory notes if applicable
    • Submit all post-award documents to HLS Student Financial Services
    • Complete your online Entrance Interview
  • Early November

    Step 5:

    • All Grant recipients: Receive email notification of your finalized HLS financial aid award including final grant eligibility and LIPP borrowing eligibility
    • All Loan ONLY recipients: Receive email notification of your finalized HLS financial aid award and final maximum LIPP borrowing eligibility

Special Note for Newly Admitted Transfer Students

HLS Admissions typically does not begin to admit new transfer students until July of each calendar year. Newly admitted transfers students have a compressed time frame in which to go through all of the same application steps broken out above for newly admitted 1Ls. We understand that this can create a stressful situation for you and it is our goal to work individually with each transfer student to expedite the application process and alleviate stress as much as possible. Please feel free to contact our office for advice and to talk about the process as needed once you receive an offer of Admission.