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Assessed Student Contribution

Attending law school is a career investment, and students should expect to contribute most of their own personal resources toward their education before HLS need-based grant assistance is offered. Personal resources include: any personal assets, income from summer employment, and income from certain types of term-time employment. To ensure that need-based financial aid is appropriately awarded, a student contribution will be assessed based upon these personal resources.

The assessed student contribution for entering students includes a minimum of $2,500 from summer earnings, regardless of the length of summer work or amount earned. This is a policy set by the Financial Aid Committee and is common at law schools with need-based financial aid programs. Students can borrow through a supplemental education loan program to replace this $2,500 minimum contribution.

Please review the Assessed Family Resources section of our website for more details on the student contribution calculation.

Parent Resource Assessment

The Parent Resource Assessment is simply a measure of relative family financial strength in relation to the applicant pool, and is used by Student Financial Services to award need-based aid. While we realize that many students will not receive financial assistance from their parents, the assessed parent resources calculation gives us a uniform standard by which we can ensure that we equitably and fairly distribute our limited institutional grant funds to those with the greatest financial need. Parents are under no obligation to make a payment to Harvard unless they choose to help finance the student’s legal education, and students can borrow education loans to replace all or part of the assessed parent resources.

Please review the Assessed Family Resources section of our website for more details on the assessed parent resources calculation.