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JD/MPP, JD/MPA/ID

Program Description and Financial Aid Application Process:
The JD/MPP and JD/MPA/ID joint degree programs offer students the opportunity to receive two degrees in four academic years. Once you are admitted to one of these programs, you will be enrolled for one full year at the Law School and one full year at the Harvard Kennedy School in the first two years; either can come first. In the third and fourth years you will be enrolled jointly at both schools.

Your Student Bill:
You will be charged 100% tuition and fees for the school at which you are enrolled full-time during the first two years. In your third and fourth years of the program you will be charged 75% HLS tuition and 25% HKS tuition as well as a $300 program fee. The Law School Student Financial Services office will process your aid for the year you attend full-time and the two joint years (see chart below). All charges and financial aid credits will appear on one bill.

Scenario 1:

Year in AttendanceSchool in AttendanceSchool Processing Aid
Year 1Law SchoolLaw School
Year 2Harvard Kennedy SchoolHarvard Kennedy School
Year 3Law School /Harvard Kennedy SchoolLaw School
Year 4Law School /Harvard Kennedy SchoolLaw School


Scenario 2:

Year in AttendanceSchool in AttendanceSchool Processing Aid
Year 1Harvard Kennedy SchoolHarvard Kennedy School
Year 2Law SchoolLaw School
Year 3Law School /Harvard Kennedy SchoolLaw School
Year 4Law School /Harvard Kennedy SchoolLaw School


Your Student Budget:
While you are in your third and fourth years of this program, your student budget will be adjusted to reflect costs associated with your joint degree. The budget will include a $300 program fee and you should not be charged the $100 HKS active file fee by the Kennedy School. The Law School will also give you a JD/MPP, MPA/ID budget increase, which is not eligible for grant assistance. See the comparison chart below for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Budget CategoryHow To CalculateAmount for 2013-2014
Tuition75% HLS$41,138
 25% KSG$11,081
Books & Supplies75% HLS$938
 25% KSG$387
Room/Board/PersonalFull HLS Room/Board/Personal$20,722
FeesFull UHS fee$992
 Harvard Student Health Insurance Plan*$2,366
 Joint Program Fee$300
TravelFull HLS Travel$1,500
JD/MPP, MPA/ID Budget IncreaseKSG Room/Board + KSG Personal/Travel minus HLS travel, and HLS Room/Board/Personal$1,941
Loan FeesFull Stafford loan fees$220
Total Budget $81,585


Since the budget increase is not eligible for grant assistance, we would use the following budget to determine your eligibility for grant assistance:

Budget CategoryHow To CalculateAmount for 2014-2015
Tuition75% HLS$41,138
 25% KSG$11,081
Books & Supplies75% HLS$938
 25% KSG$387
Room/Board/PersonalFull HLS Room/Board/Personal$20,722
FeesFull UHS fee$992
 Harvard Student Health Insurance Plan*$2,366
 Joint Program Fee$300
TravelFull HLS Travel$1,500
Loan FeesFull Stafford Loan fees $220
Total Budget $79,644

 

*Please note that under Federal student aid regulations, an allowance for the Harvard Student Health Insurance Plan may be included in the student's budget only for students who enroll in the plan. For students who waive this coverage, the allowance will not be given and the total student budget will be reduced by the amount of the plan fee. Students may request upon appeal to have the documented cost of an alternate health insurance plan for which the student pays added to the student's budget. 

Summer Work Requirement:
You will be held to the same summer work requirements as all other Law School Students. See the Student Contribution from Income section for details on the summer work requirement.

Cash Advances and Refunds:
If you are eligible for a cash advance or a refund, you will receive it after you have registered (and have completed your entrance interview – 1L's only). All cash advance and refund checks are mailed to the official address on file with the Registrar's Office unless you have direct deposit set up with the Student Receivables Office.

Other Requirements:
Before graduating you will be required to attend an exit interview with either the Law School and/or the Kennedy School. Your exit interview will be held during your last semester at Harvard.

Last modified: November 26, 2014

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