FINANCIAL AID FOR US CITIZENS AND PERMANENT RESIDENTS
All students who are applying for any Master's program and are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to be considered for one or more of the following:
- GSD Grant (need-based)
- Federal Awards (loans and work-study)
- Restricted Scholarships
- Private Loans
- Outside Scholarships (not Harvard-affiliated)
- US Veteran's Association Yellow Ribbon Program
Please review the types of aid section for further information on all US citizens and permanent resident award descriptions.
To apply for aid, US citizens and permanent residents will need to complete both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov and our internal financial aid application.
When the internal financial aid application becomes available you will receive an email at the email address you utilized to create your Admissions Application. At this time you will be able to log onto the financial aid system by following this link: https://finaid.gsd.harvard.edu/NetPartner/NetPartnerStudent. Your username will be the email address you provided to the Admissions Office, thereafter you will need to create a secure PIN after you login for the first time. We will not have access to your PIN, so please keep a record of your PIN for future reference.
You will also need to complete the 2015 FAFSA in order to be considered for financial assistance. The FAFSA will be available online as of 1/1/2015. Be sure to use the federal school code E00212 which is specific to the GSD. You can fill out the FASFA now, in advance of having access to the Internal Application. You only need to provide your own information on the FAFSA. If you wish to be considered for the higher Tier 2 grant please provide parent information on the internal application instead of the FAFSA. While the FAFSA and the internal financial aid application are all that we require initially for aid consideration, we may ask for more information at a later date.
Students should also review the Committee on General Scholarships webpage to see if they are eligible for University-wide Scholarships. If you are eligible for any of these scholarships, please indicate the scholarship that you would like to be nominated for on the internal financial aid application. For more information please also review our Applying for Restricted Scholarships website.
Admitted students will be informed about their financial aid at the time of admission decisions provided they have applied by the deadline. The deadline for applicants to submit financial aid applications is in early February.
Applying for Financial Assistance has no bearing on an application for admission.