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Students who are 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 the federal government considers all graduate students to be independent of their parents when 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. There is an exception to this policy for students who turn 29 by September 1 of the academic year for which they are applying for aid.

Why HLS Considers Parent Resources

How Assessed Resources Are Calculated

How Assessed Resources Are Calculated

  • Student Contribution from Summer Income

    Based on earnings in the summer prior to each academic year

    Student Contribution from Summer Income

    Based on earnings in the summer prior to each academic year

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  • Student Contribution from Assets

    One-third of any assets reported on financial aid application forms

    Student Contribution from Assets

    One-third of any assets reported on financial aid application forms

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  • Assessed Parent Resources

    Calculated by a nationally accepted institutional methodology formula, coordinated by the College Scholarship Service (CSS)

    Assessed Parent Resources

    Calculated by a nationally accepted institutional methodology formula, coordinated by the College Scholarship Service (CSS)

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