Back Balance Financial Clearance

A back balance is considered any balance that is not paid by the end of the previous academic year plus all charges incurred during the summer months.   For example, all balances left unpaid by June 2013 and incurred during the summer of 2013 is considered a back balance.  HLS policy does not allow students to carry prior year balances into the new academic year. In addition, HLS does not allow students to use 2013-2014 financial aid credits to resolve a prior year balance. The only way in which to be clear of this financial hold for the upcoming academic year is by making a payment for your outstanding back balance.

We also want to remind you that all living expenses incurred during the summer of 2013 must be paid in full prior to the start of the fall semester of 2013-14. This is particularly important to note for students who live in Harvard Real Estate and who have summer rent charges being billed to their billing account. These and all other summer charges must be paid before any 2013-2014 financial aid (loans and grants) can be credited towards your e-bill.

There are 3 e-bills created prior to the start of your 2013-2014 academic year:  June, July and August.  The June bill will include your June HRES rent and any remaining charges from the 2012-2013 academic year.  The primary charges that will likely appear on your July and August e-bills are your HRES rent payments.  Other possible charges include: library late fees, printing charges, etc.  If you do not make payment towards your summer e-bills on each specific due date you will be blocked from all Registration processes, including the Add/Drop process.  Since the August E-bill is due upon receipt, it is important to note that all summer e-bill balances must be resolved when the August e-bill is issued on August 7, 2013.  If you have not resolved your back balance by that time, you will be blocked from all Registration processes and may be assessed a $250 late registration fee.

Last modified: June 10, 2013

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