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The Program for Third Year Visits

Program Description:
The Program for Third Year Visits is available for third year HLS students who desire to study out of residence at another ABA accredited law school due to personal hardship or for academic enhancement. In order to participate in this program, you must petition the HLS Administrative Board through the Dean of Students Office. Students who are Visiting IN (from another school attending HLS) will not receive any aid from HLS. All requests for aid should be made to your home school. We will complete any pertinent forms your school requires. We will also be responsible for receiving any payments from your school and crediting them to your Harvard Law School Student Bill.

Financial Aid Application Process:
Once you have been accepted into this program, you will apply for and receive all of your aid from HLS in the same manner as you have in previous years. In addition to the regular financial aid application forms, you will need to download the Consortium Agreement and complete the student section. Once you have completed the student section, you will need to submit it to the school you will be attending (the Visiting School). The Visiting School will then complete the necessary sections and return the Consortium Agreement to us in Student Financial Services. 

Your Student Bill:
You will receive two bills: one from the institution you will be visiting, and the other from HLS. 

  • On your Harvard Ebill, you will be charged 10% HLS tuition equal to $5,485 (or $2,742.50 per semester). Additionally, Harvard will charge you both the University Health Service Fee and the Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance fee. In order to waive the Health Service Fee you will need to contact the Harvard University Insurance Office. If you have appropriate medical coverage, you may also waive the Blue Cross/Blue Shield fee by going to the same web site. NOTE:  If you do not take action to waive one or both of these fees by the cancellation due date, you will be required to pay the fees in full. Please note that under Federal student aid regulations, an allowance for the Harvard Student Health Insurance Plan or your visiting schools plan, may be included in the student's budget only for students who enroll in the plan. For students who waive coverage, from either  HLS or from the school you are visiting, the allowance will not be given and the total student budget will be reduced by the amount of the plan fee.
  • The Visiting School will charge you 100% of their current year tuition and possibly other fees, including health insurance. You will want to review all of your health care options and take the appropriate action to either secure or cancel the coverage of your choice.  Please note, if you have financial aid, we will pay the bill due to the Visiting School from your HLS award. In mid-August and again in mid-January, HLS will cut a check to your Visiting School. You will need to pay the Visiting School any other charges you incur throughout the semester.

Your Student Budget:
Your student budget will be based largely on the information received from the Visiting School on the Consortium Agreement. To this we will add the 10% HLS tuition and both health insurance fees to your budget, unless you have waived one or more of the insurance option.  Additionally, a budget increase of $1500 will be added to your budget to compensate for the extra expenses related to this program of study. This increase is eligible for grant assistance, if applicable. See 2014-2015 example below:

14-15 HLS Standard Student Budget 14-15 Third Year Visit (Visiting school + HLS charges) 
Tuition$54,850Tuition (other school $46500 + 10% HLS)$58,685
Mandatory Health & Insurance Fees$3,358Health & Other Fees$3,698
Books & Supplies$1,250Books$1,500
Room/Board/Personal$20,728Room and Board$22,396
Travel Allowance$1,500Travel Allowance$1,500
Stafford Loan Fees$220Stafford Loan Fees$220
   3rd Year Visit Allowance$1,500
Total:$81,900Total:$89,499


Summer Work Requirement:
You will be held to the same work requirement the summer before you enroll at your Visiting School as in previous years. See the Student Contribution from Summer Income section of this web site for details on the summer work requirement.

Cash Advances and Refunds:
If you are eligible to receive a cash advance, you will receive all of your Cash Advance checks via direct deposit. We require all students who are visiting away to sign up for direct deposit, if they have not already done so, by going to www.termbill.harvard.edu.

Other Considerations:

  • Mandatory Meeting: You will need to attend a meeting with the Student Financial Services Office prior to leaving HLS at the end of your second year. 
  • Graduation Requirement: In May of your last semester, we will contact you regarding an Exit Interview. The Exit Interview is required for all graduating students. You will receive materials via the web. You will also have an exit counseling session over the phone.

For more program-specific details, contact the Dean of Students Office.

Last modified: September 02, 2014

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