We are committed to ensuring all admitted students have the opportunity to attend Harvard, regardless of the economic obstacles they have encountered. We launched the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI) in 2004 to enhance this effort and to raise awareness of college affordability for students interested in all kinds of colleges and universities.

Our student coordinators are eager to discuss student life, the basics of financial aid policy, and the specifics of the Harvard application. Contact HFAI to hear about their experiences at Harvard.

Student Group: HFAI

  • Maha Zaidi Class of '25

    Hi friends! My name is Maha Zaidi and I am a Pakistani-American Muslim from Chicago, Illinois. I’m a current sophomore in Leverett house and am doing a double concentration in History of Science and Social Anthropology with a secondary in AFVS (Art, Film, Visual Studies) on the pre-medical track.

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    Maha Zaidi
  • Merlin D'souza Class of '25

    Hello! My name is Merlin D'souza. I am a sophomore studying Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology on the pre-med track.

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    Merlin D'souza
  • Trinh Nguyen Class of '25

    Hello everyone! I'm Trinh, a sophomore in Kirkland House, concentrating in Neuroscience with a secondary in Computer Science, and a citation in Spanish.

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    Trinh Nguyen
  • David Johnson Aboge Class of '25

    Hello everyone! My name is David Johnson Aboge and I am a sophomore in Adams House from Kisumu, a city by Lake Victoria in Kenya. I intend to concentrate in Applied Mathematics, with a secondary in Global Health & Health Policy, and earn a language citation in Arabic.

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  • Aisha Abdelhamid Class of '23

    Hey y'all! My name is Aisha and I am an Egyptian from Long Island, NY. I am currently a senior in Leverett House, concentrating in Sociology with a secondary in Educational Studies and a citation in Arabic.

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  • Maryam Guerrab Class of '25

    Hey y'all! My name is Maryam Guerrab and I'm a sophomore living in Mather House. I'm interested in studying Government and Global Health on the Pre-Med track, with a citation in Arabic. I'm a first-generation, low-income student originally from Raleigh, North Carolina!

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    Maryam Guerrab, HFAI Coordinator
  • Inno Munai Class of '25

    Kamwene! My name is Innocent (Inno) Munai, and I am a first-year student at Harvard College thinking of concentrating in Mathematics, or Computer Science, or both! I hail from Iringa, Tanzania, where I grew up in a village called Ilula, lying south of the Great Ruaha River. What I wrote up there in italics is my Kihehe (native language) salutation translating to "Greetings!".

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    Innocent, HFAI Coordinator
  • Mayowa Jolayemi Class of '23

    Hi everyone! My name is Mayowa Jolayemi and I’m a senior in Currier House from Los Angeles, California, concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Computer Science. 

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    Mayowa, HFAI Coordinator
  • Carter Martindale Class of '23

    Hello! My name is Carter Martindale, I'm a junior in Quincy House studying Government with a secondary in Russian studies.

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Do you have questions about financial aid or about student life at Harvard? Fill out this form to contact a current Harvard College student. Our coordinators are here to help answer questions about financial aid, the application process, and student life, and they will be in touch with you as soon as possible. You can also join our mailing list to request more information about Harvard College.


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