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Here are two hypothetical aid package examples to illustrate how we meet demonstrated financial need for eligible applicants at Harvard Law School for 2022-2023. Students with demonstrated need above the grant eligibility threshold ($50,000 for 2022-23) are awarded an HLS Grant to meet their need above the threshold, and are able to meet their need up to the threshold using student loans. Students with demonstrated need below the Grant Eligibility Threshold are able to meet their financial need using student loans. All students can borrow to exceed their demonstrated need if needed (for example, to replace the family resource assessment) up to the total cost of attendance (or “student budget”).

(need greater than $50,000)(need less than $50,000)
Standard Student Budget$107,000$107,000
minusAssessed Student Resources$5,000$10,000
minusAssessed Parent Resources$18,000$48,000
equalsDemonstrated Need$84,000$49,200
Aid PackageAid Package
HLS Grant Eligibility$34,000$0
plusStudent Loan(s) from Harvard Law School Based on Demonstrated Need$10,000$0
equalsTotal Aid Package Based on Demonstrated Need$44,000$0
plusadditional Student Loan borrowing* (optional)up to $63,500up to $107,000
equalsTotal Financial Aid Eligibilityup to $107,000up to $107,000

* Remember: Student Financial Services awards financial aid to meet the level of need demonstrated by the assessed student and parent resources. If your parents will not be contributing to your education expenses, it is possible to borrow in replacement of the entire parent resource assessment amount through a supplemental education loan program, up to the limit of the total cost of attendance (or “student budget”).

It is also possible to borrow to replace all or a portion of the assessed student contribution, but borrowing to replace assessed student resources is not eligible for future loan repayment assistance through LIPP.

The upper limit on optional student loan borrowing is the Student Budget; in other words, your total financial aid cannot exceed your approved budget.