Alert: Please Note
Following the FAS decision to reduce students' 2020 fall work expectations to $0 there have been some changes to standard student loan eligibility. Please see the 20-21 section of this page for details.
Last Updated: July 17, 3:17pm
Student Loan Request Form
Please complete this form to request a Harvard Student Loan or a Federal Direct Stafford Loan for the 20-21 school year.
Please note that it may take up to 10 days for loans to appear on your student account.
Note for 20-21
In the past, loan eligibility was based on a student’s term-time and summer work expectation. Starting in 20-21, Harvard College eliminated the summer work expectation. Following the recent FAS announcement regarding the fall semester, students receiving financial aid have had their term-time work expectation for fall 2020 reduced to $0. Both measures are intended to ease the financial burden faced by families, especially for those students who may have otherwise borrowed to cover these expectations. With the elimination of summer work and reduction of the term-time work expectation to $0, loan eligibility would normally be $0. However this is an unusual year, and we recognize some students may still wish to borrow. As such, we will continue to process requests during the fall and spring semesters. If you wish to borrow, please submit this form, or reach out with any questions.
How Much Can I Borrow?
The amount and loan type you can request/receive is determined by your class year, student contribution amount, and whether you are receiving need-based Harvard grant aid.
How Much Can I Request?
Loan Type Comparison
|Harvard Student Loan||Federal Direct Stafford Loan|
|First-Year Max Request||$3,500||$5,500|
|Sophomore Max Request||$3,500||$6,500|
|Junior/Senior Max Request||$3,500||$7,500|
|Repayment Term||10 years||10 years with extended options based on income, loan balance|
|Repayment Starts||6 months after you drop below half-time enrollment||6 months after you drop below half-time enrollment|
Only available to Harvard Grant recipients
Maximum amount equal to term-time work expectation less outside awards
Open to all U.S. Citizens, permanent residents, and eligible noncitizens
Valid FAFSA required