1L Financial Clearance

This process applies to entering students (rising 1Ls).

"Financial clearance" is the process through which Student Financial Services ensures that incoming students have secured sufficient funding to cover all billed charges before the start of Fall term classes. 

In order to obtain financial clearance, you must demonstrate that you have secured funding or made payment sufficient to cover all charges reflected on the July and August e-bills, which typically include HLS tuition, applicable health fees and applicable dormitory or Harvard Real Estate housing fees. You may obtain financial clearance for the Fall term through one of the following methods:

  1. Secure your financial aid and supplemental loans by completing Step 3 of our financial aid process. If you are covering your remaining outstanding e-bill balance with supplemental loans, be sure to apply for the entire loan amount that you will need for the academic year. We will apply half of your loan amount to the Fall term and half to the Spring.
  2. Make a payment in full for the semester's charges, or make a payment sufficient to cover the remaining balance due after your anticipated financial aid credits have been applied to the bill. 
  3. Enroll in the Student Receivables Office's monthly payment plan and make a payment for the first installment.

To ensure that you will be able to participate in the fall registration process, you should take one of the above steps to obtain financial clearance as soon as possible after each e-bill is issued. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Last modified: November 21, 2014

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