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In order to ensure that its available Grant aid resources are distributed according to financial need, Harvard Law School typically requires that students submit documentation of parental financial resources. However, students who do not expect to qualify for Grant assistance may apply under a simplified "loan only" status without submitting parents' financial information.
For the entering Class of 2016, Harvard Law School requires parent financial resource information from all applicants for HLS Grant assistance who have not reached the age of 29 by September 1, 2013. A parental resource contribution will be calculated using standard institutional need analysis policy, and then adjusted according to the following scale:
* Note: Student Financial Services caps the annual maximum parent resource assessment (MPRA) at an amount equal to the student budget less federal loan eligibility. For 2012-2013, the MPRA is $55,300. In some cases, the calculated assessed parent resource figure is higher than the MPRA. For the purposes of determining an adjusted parental resource assessment as described above, the full calculated assessed parent resources, rather than the MPRA, will be used.
In cases of parental divorce, it is HLS policy to require financial information from both biological parents in order to assess need. This documentation is required by HLS even in cases where court-ordered child support obligations have ended.
In rare and exceptional cases, the Financial Aid Committee may waive the required submission of parental information for Grant consideration. These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis depending on the particular circumstances involved, and third-party verification of the circumstances is required. Information on this appeals process is available in the policy section of our website.
Students who do not expect to qualify for Grant assistance may apply under a simplified "loan only" status and will not be required to submit parents’ financial information. Since students applying under "loan only" status are not eligible for HLS Grant assistance, a parental resource assessment will not be calculated or imputed. You can elect "loan only" status when completing your online HLS Institutional Aid Application, or by emailing us at email@example.com. Our website offers more guidance in deciding whether to apply for Grant consideration.
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