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The JD financial aid program is designed to help students from across the economic spectrum and from around the world meet the expense of a law school education while preserving career choice options in the broadest range of law-related and public service fields. International students (any students who are not U.S. Citizens or non-citizens eligible for federal student aid) can apply for HLS need-based grant and loan assistance, and financial aid awards are determined using the same need-based approach that applies to students who are U.S. citizens. Harvard Law School provides institutional loans in place of U.S. Federal Direct Stafford & Perkins Loans in need-based aid packages for international students.
Student Budget and Need
International students have the same standard student budget as domestic students, and aid is awarded according to the same formula. The first portion of demonstrated financial need is met through a "base loan" package (which, for international students, consists entirely of Harvard Law School Loans). The remaining financial need above the base loan package is met through Harvard Law School Grant assistance.
Applying for Aid
The application for international students is substantially the same as that for domestic students. After you are admitted, we will email you directions to complete the online HLS financial aid application form by logging into "My HLS Financial Aid," our secure online financial aid system. You will then be able to review a personalized list of documents that you must submit, which typically includes requests for submission of some internal HLS Web Forms, as well as, International Income Documentation. For more details on the application process, visit the Apply For Aid Overview.
Important Note About Supplemental Borrowing Options
For international students, Harvard Law School Grant or Loans are offered to students with demonstrated financial need. The remaining cost, up to the standard student budget, can be financed with a loan from a private source. The Harvard University Employees Credit Union offers private supplemental loans to international students at Harvard without requiring a co-signer, and many other lenders offer loans to international students who have an approved US co-signer. Harvard University is in the process of determining which lenders will offer loans to international students at similar terms for 2014-15 and will post this information when available.
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