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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 2017, 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, 2014. A parental resource contribution will be calculated using standard institutional need analysis policy, and then adjusted according to the following scale:
* Note: Depending on the amount of income and assets involved, the calculated assessed parent resource figure can exceed the total cost of attendance for a given academic year. For the purposes of determining an adjusted parent resource assessment as described above, the calculated assessed parent resources, even if it exceeds the cost of attendance, is always 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Our website offers more guidance in deciding whether to apply for Grant consideration.
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