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Program Description and Financial Aid Application Process

The JD/MPH joint degree program offers students the opportunity to receive two degrees in three academic years and one summer. If you are accepted into this this program you will spend your first year enrolled full-time at the Law School. You will then spend the following July and August in summer session at the School of Public Health. In the second and third years you will be enrolled jointly at both schools. The Law School Student Financial Services will process your aid for all three academic years. There is no financial aid available from the Law School for your summer term at the School of Public Health. Instead, you can apply for an optional private education loan for the summer term through the Office of Student Financial Services at the School of Public Health.

Year in Attendance School in Attendance School Processing Aid
Year 1 Law School Law School
Summer Session School of Public Health Optional private loan through School of Public Health
Year 2 Law School /School of Public Health Law School
Year 3 Law School /School of Public Health Law School

Your Student Bill

You will be charged regular Law School tuition in the first year of your program. Similarly, you will be charged regular School of Public Health summer tuition and fees for your summer session after your 1L year. In your second and third years of the program you will be charged 75% HLS tuition and 25% SPH tuition. All charges and financial aid credits will appear on one bill.

Your Student Budget

Your student budget will be adjusted to reflect the accurate tuition charges. See the comparison chart below for the 2017-2018 academic year:

How to Calculate Amount 2017-2018-depending on SPH course load
Tuition: 75% of HLS tuition $46,238
25% of HSPH tuition $14,659
Mandatory Fees: Full UHS $1,142
Harvard Student Health Insurance Plan* $3,130
Other: Full HLS Room/Board/Personal $23,158
Full HLS Travel $1,575
Books/Supplies $1,325
Stafford Loan Fees $220
Total   $91,447

*Please note that under Federal student aid regulations, an allowance for the Harvard Student Health Insurance Plan may be included in the student’s budget only for students who enroll in the plan. For students who waive this coverage, the allowance will not be given and the total student budget will be reduced by the amount of the plan fee. Students may request upon appeal to have the documented cost of an alternate health insurance plan for which the student pays added to the student’s budget.

Summer Work Requirement

You will be held to the same summer work requirement as other Law School students except for the summer between your first and second year of Law School. In this year, you will not be expected to have a contribution from income, unless your choose to work for any number of weeks under the required eight weeks, since you will be enrolled full time in the summer session at SPH.

Cash Advances and Refunds

If you are eligible for a cash advance of a refund, you will receive it after you have registered (and have completed your entrance interview for 1Ls only). All cash advance and refund checks are mailed to the official address on file with the Registrar’s Office unless you have direct deposit set up with the Student Receivables Office.

Other Requirements

Before graduating, you will be required to attend an exit interview with the Law School. Your exit interview will take place during your last semester at Harvard.