Apply for Financial Aid

Prospective students

The 2015–16 HDS Financial Aid Application is now available. Every Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies applicant who has submitted an application for admission will receive an email message with instructions and login information. These email messages will be sent within three business days after the admission application deadline.

Applicants are not required to apply for financial aid in order to be considered for merit-based institutional grants. However, we strongly encourage all applicants to apply for need-based institutional grants. U.S. citizens and permanent residents will also be required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The deadline to submit both the FAFSA and the HDS Financial Aid Application is Monday, February 16, 2015. This deadline is FIRM. Applicants who fail to apply by this deadline will not be considered for need-based institutional grants.

MDiv and MTS programs

U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for HDS need-based institutional grant support and federal aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available after January 1, 2015, and the HDS Financial Aid Application. Both applications are due by February 16, 2015. Students who have submitted an application for admission will be sent an email with instructions on how to submit the HDS Financial Aid Application.

International students are eligible for HDS need-based institutional grant support only. Complete the HDS Financial Aid Application, due by February 16, 2015. Students who have submitted an application for admission will be sent an email with instructions on how to submit the HDS Financial Aid Application.

MDiv and MTS Programs applicants are not required to apply for financial aid in order to be considered for merit-based institutional grants. However, we strongly encourage all MDiv and MTS applicants to apply for need-based institutional grants. If an applicant does not receive merit funding and did not apply for need-based institutional aid by the deadline, there is a strong possibility that we would not be able to review late applications at that point. Admitted applicants will receive either merit-based institutional grants or need-based institutional grants. They will not be awarded from both pools of funding.

ThM program

U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for federal aid only. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available after January 1, 2015, and due by February 16, 2015.

International students are not eligible for HDS institutional grant support or federal aid.

ThD program

All students are eligible for institutional funding. Funding is merit based and no application is required.

(Note: HDS recently changed its doctoral designation from ThD to PhD in Religion. Those currently in the ThD program will continue to be candidates for the ThD; the first cohort of PhD candidates will enter in fall 2015.)

Continuing students

Please visit the Financial Aid page at my.hds (login required) to find the required forms and deadlines. If you are applying for HDS institutional aid, it is critical that the Office of Financial Aid receive the required financial aid documents by the appropriate deadlines. Failure to meet the deadlines may diminish your opportunity to receive institutional funding.

It is Harvard Divinity School policy that students currently in default on a previous Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP), Stafford Loan, or Perkins Loan are ineligible to receive institutional or federal financial aid.