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Financial Aid: Application Questions

What if I cannot ask one of my parents to send in their financial information?

If you are unable to ask a parent to send in their financial information, please fill out a Parent Information Sheet including a letter from a third party and any additional documentation as appropriate. Given that every family situation is unique, we review parent and household information on a case-by-case basis to determine what documentation and paperwork is appropriate for that student to provide to us in an effort to be as generous as possible with our financial aid assessment. Continue reading about What if I cannot ask one of my parents to send in their financial information?

What if my country doesn't have a tax return?

You should send any documentation they do have. Many families will send a year-end wage statement, or a letter from each employer stating annual compensation. Continue reading about What if my country doesn't have a tax return?

Do my documents have to be in English?

We require English translation for all documents. Documents do not, however, need to be translated by an official translator. Most students will save the cost of paying a translator and simply write the translation directly on the documents themselves. Continue reading about Do my documents have to be in English?

How can I track material that I’ve sent your office?

For prospective students, given the tremendous volume of material sent to our office , we are unable to confirm receipt. Rest assured that if we discover we are missing necessary financial aid application materials or have any questions we will be in contact with you (by email or phone) after the student is admitted. Current and admitted students can always check the status of their application on my.harvard. Continue reading about How can I track material that I’ve sent your office?

Can I email you my documents?

No. We cannot accept any documents over email. Please submit all documents as described on our application instructions. Continue reading about Can I email you my documents?

How can I get a financial aid fee waiver?

Harvard does not charge a financial aid application fee (we do charge an admissions application fee; if you need to contact the Admissions Office about an admissions fee waiver, you can do so here.) If you are a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, or Canadian Citizen, you will be required to file the CSS PROFILE, an application independent of Harvard but that will normally require the payment of a fee.  You will automatically be evaluated for a waiver of the PROFILE application fee ($9 reg Continue reading about How can I get a financial aid fee waiver?

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