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Financial Aid Program policies are set by a Financial Aid Committee consisting of representatives from the faculty, student body, and administration. The staff of Student Financial Services implements these policies under the general direction of the Assistant Dean for Student Financial Services. All aid programs described in this web site depend on the availability and allocation of funds to support them. The Law School reserves the right to change the terms and guidelines for the various aid programs at any time in order to make the best use of funds available.

Members of the Financial Aid Committee for the 2017-18 academic year are:

  • Austin Davis, J.D. ’19
  • Henry Druschel, J.D. ’18
  • Matt Gruber, Dean for Administration
  • Demarquin Johnson, J.D. ’20
  • Louis Kaplow, Finn M.W. Caspersen and Household International Professor of Law and Economics
  • Ken Lafler, Assistant Dean for Student Financial Services (chair)
  • Other J.D. Student Financial Services professional staff members, as needed according to areas of expertise

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  • Determination of Financial Need

    Determination of Financial Need

    Each student's financial need is determined by subtracting assessed family resources from the cost of attendance (or student budget) in a given academic year.
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  • Assessed Family Resources

    Assessed Family Resources

    Harvard Law School always considers parent resources when determining eligibility for its need-based institutional grant and loan funds.
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  • Award Packages

    Award Packages

    All grant assistance awarded by the school also includes a substantial required loan component known as the "base loan package."
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  • Student Medical Expense Policies

    Student Medical Expense Policies

    Learn more about health insurance requirements and uninsured medical and dental expenses.
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  • Married Students and Students with Dependent Children

    Married Students and Students with Dependent Children

    Students with spouses or dependents have more complex financial needs. How do we support them?
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  • Academic Year Employment

    Academic Year Employment

    Working during the academic year is an effective way to meet financial need while reducing your overall borrowing.
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  • Financial Aid Appeals

    Financial Aid Appeals

    JD students may appeal to SFS for a reevaluation of their aid offer, student budget, or family contribution based on a change of circumstances.
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  • VA Yellow Ribbon Program

    VA Yellow Ribbon Program

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

    Leave of Absence

    If you withdraw or take a leave of absence from Harvard Law School, you may be required to repay a portion of the financial aid that you received.
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  • Joint Degree Programs

    Joint Degree Programs

    Harvard Law offers several joint degree programs to pair with your J.D.
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  • Off-Campus Studies

    Off-Campus Studies

    Harvard Law offers external semesters and study abroad.
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  • Financial Aid Consumer Information

    Financial Aid Consumer Information

    In compliance with Federal student aid regulations, the following consumer information is provided to current and prospective students.
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  • Verification & Ethics in the Financial Aid Process

    Verification & Ethics in the Financial Aid Process

    As a condition of applying for financial aid, you must agree to comply with Federal and institutional Verification.
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  • Assistance for Educational Purposes

    Assistance for Educational Purposes

    Any financial aid you receive while attending HLS is only to be used for your education.
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  • Financial Privacy & Disclosure

    Financial Privacy & Disclosure

    How your information is protected in our office and shared with donors.
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