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Harvard Financial Aid Initiative

Removing Economic Barriers to Harvard

This is simple: anyone can afford Harvard.

We have a long tradition of removing economic barriers for students who want to attend Harvard. Announced in 2004, The Harvard Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI) is a continuation of this tradition and greatly expands financial aid to families who earn less than $80,000. And, if your family earns less than $65,000 per year, your parents pay nothing for you to attend Harvard. It is simply our effort to make sure you and your family know you can afford to attend Harvard.

There is no special application or qualification necessary—just apply for financial aid when you apply for admission. Applying for financial aid does not hinder your chances for admission.

HFAI serves as a touchstone for individuals looking to learn more about the application and financial aid process.

Want to learn more? Talk to our student coordinators.

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.

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