The J.D./M.P.P. and J.D./M.P.A./I.D. joint degree programs offer students the opportunity to receive two degrees in four academic years. Students in this program will spend the first two years in full-time study at each of the two schools. In the third and fourth years students will be enrolled jointly at both schools.
Detailed program information can be found on the Academic Degrees Program page.
Please note that financial aid processes and funding will differ between schools. Be certain to consult with each school’s aid office when considering any joint degree program.
Financial Aid Information
The Law School Student Financial Services Office will process your aid for the year you are full-time at the Law School and in the final two years of the joint program. The Kennedy School will process your aid application for the year you are full-time at the Kennedy School only. The chart below demonstrates the two possible scenarios for all four years of the JD/MPP, MPA/ID program.
YEAR IN ATTENDANCE SCHOOL IN ATTENDANCE SCHOOL PROCESSING AID Year 1 Law School Law School Year 2 Kennedy School Kennedy School Year 3 Law School / Kennedy School Law School Year 4 Law School / Kennedy School Law School
YEAR IN ATTENDANCE SCHOOL IN ATTENDANCE SCHOOL PROCESSING AID Year 1 Kennedy School Kennedy School Year 2 Law School Law School Year 3 Law School /Kennedy School Law School Year 4 Law School /Kennedy School Law School
Your Student Budget
You will be charged 100% tuition and fees for the school you enroll full-time during the first two years. These costs will be adjusted in the latter two years to 75% HLS tuition and 25% HKS tuition as well as a $300 program fee correlated to the number of courses required for each degree. All charges and financial aid credits will appear on the same student account notice. The Law School will also increase your budget for extra expenses related to your joint degree program, however, this budget increase is not eligible for grant assistance. A sample budget is below for the 2022-23 academic year.
BUDGET CATEGORY HOW TO CALCULATE AMOUNT FOR 2022-23 Tuition* 75% HLS $52,823 25% HKS $13,995 Books & Supplies 75% HLS $1,219 25% HKS $387 Room/Board/Personal Full HLS Room/Board/Personal $27,861 Fees Full UHS fee $1,304 Harvard Student Health Insurance Plan* $4,080 Joint Program Fee $300 Travel Full HLS Travel $1,700 JD/MPP, MPA/ID Allowance HKS Room/Board + HKS Personal/Travel, + HKS Activity Fee/Course Material fee MINUS HLS travel, and HLS Room/Board/Personal $0 Total Budget $103,669 Total HLS Grant Eligible Budget $103,669
Since the HLS Travel and Room/Board/Personal allowances are higher than the applicable allowances at HKS, there is no additional borrowing eligibility for the 2022-23 academic year.
*Tuition percentages are correlated to the number of courses required for each degree.
Budget Adjustments Due to Health Insurance Waiver
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. this means that if you are an HLS grant recipient, your HLS grant will be reduced by the fee amount as well.
Students may request, upon appeal, to have the documented cost of an alternate health insurance plan, for which the student pays, be added to the student’s budget.
Cash Advances and Refunds
If you are eligible for a cash advance or a refund, you will receive it after you have registered (1L’s have the additional requirement of a completed entrance interview). 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 Accounts Office.
Summer Work Requirement
You will be held to the same summer work requirements as all other Law School Students. See the Student Contribution from Income section for details on the summer work requirement.
4th Year Exit Interview Requirement
Before graduating you will be required to attend an exit interview with either the Law School or the Kennedy School in order to be cleared for graduation. Your exit interview will be held during your last semester at Harvard.