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Prospective Students

Completing Your Application for Aid

When you are admitted to Harvard, we will carefully consider your family’s financial circumstances to put together an aid package that meets your demonstrated financial need. All of our financial aid is need-based. We offer no athletic or merit-based scholarships, but unusual achievements of all kinds are taken into account in the admissions process.

Applying for financial aid in no way jeopardizes your application for admission, nor does international citizenship. In fact, Admissions may even respond favorably to your overcoming significant obstacles, financial or otherwise.

If you wish to apply for aid, you will follow the directions below to complete your financial aid application. If you submit a complete financial aid application, you will receive your financial award when you are admitted. If you are eligible for aid, your package will include a combination of a job and scholarships to cover the gap between your resources and the annual cost of attending Harvard College.

How to apply Regular Action

  • Deadline: February 1st, 2015 (CSS Profile), and March 1st, 2015 (FAFSA and all remaining documents)
  • If you are a Regular Action candidate, you will receive a financial aid decision when you are admitted if you complete your application for 2015-2016 aid.
  • U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents who wish only to apply for federal financial aid only need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Most students who are eligible for federal aid are also eligible for need-based financial aid directly from Harvard. In order for us to determine eligibility for need-based aid from Harvard, please follow the instructions below.

U.S. and Canadian Students / Eligible Permanent Residents: The FAFSA is a free form that determines eligibility for federal aid and the CSS Profile helps us to determine eligibility for Harvard financial aid.

International Students (excluding Canadian) online submission: File a CSS Profile through the College Board. While there is a fee associated with the Profile, you may find it easier to submit your information only once to multiple schools.

International Students (excluding Canadian) paper submission: If the fee associated with the online application in any way creates a hardship, please use the paper submission.

How to apply Early Action

  • Deadline: November 1st, 2014
  • If you are an Early Action candidate, you may receive an estimate of financial aid, when you are admitted, by completing the first pieces of the application, linked below. Please remember to complete the remainder of your financial aid application to receive an official award in April.
  • U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents who wish only to apply for federal financial aid only need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Most students who are eligible for federal aid are also eligible for need-based financial aid directly from Harvard. In order for us to determine eligibility for need-based aid from Harvard, please follow the instructions below.

U.S. and Canadian Students / Eligible Permanent Residents: The FAFSA is a free form that determines eligibility for federal aid and the CSS Profile helps us to determine eligibility for Harvard financial aid.

International Students (excluding Canadian) online submission: File a CSS Profile through the College Board. While there is a fee associated with the Profile, you may find it easier to submit your information only once to multiple schools.

International Students (excluding Canadian) paper submission: If the fee associated with the online application in any way creates a hardship, please use the paper submission.

Call us any time

The Griffin Financial Aid Office is here to answer your questions. We are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call us at 617-495-1581 with any questions or concerns.

Facts About Financial Aid

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Amount that parents making less than $65,000 are expected to contribute.

Ninety percent of American families would pay the same or less to send their children to Harvard as they would a state school.

Dedicated to Affordability

Families with incomes between $65,000 and $150,000 will typically contribute from 0-10% of their income.

Admissions APPLICATION TIPS

Get step-by-step tips for completing your application.