Apply for Financial Aid

The 2019–20 HDS Application for Financial Aid is now available.

Once the financial aid application is available, all master of divinity (MDiv) and master of theological studies (MTS) applicants who have submitted their admission applications will receive emails with financial aid application instructions and log-in information.

On occasion e-mails have been known to go to junk or spam folders. Please check those folders to ensure you haven’t missed any HDS notifications. If you completed your application for admission and have not received your e-mail with login instructions by January 31, 2019, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at financial_aid@hds.harvard.edu.

Applicants are not required to apply for financial aid in order to be considered for merit-based instuitional 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 2018–19 HDS Financial Aid Application is Friday, February 15, 2019. Due to a change in FAFSA guidelines students will need their 2017 tax information to complete the 2019–20 FAFSA form.

If you believe your financial situation has changed drastically please send an e-mail to the Office of Financial Aid at financial_aid@hds.harvard.edu outlining your concerns.

This deadline is FIRM. Applicants who fail to apply by this deadline will not be considered for institutional grant aid.

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 October 1, 2018, and the HDS Financial Aid Application. Due to a change in FAFSA guidelines students will need their 2017 tax information to complete the 2019–20 form. Both applications are due by Friday, February 15, 2019. Students who have applied 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. International students must complete the HDS Financial Aid Application, due by February 15, 2019. 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 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 October 1, 2018, and due by February 15, 2019.

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.

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