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Berkeley Exchange

Program Description:
During the second semester of your 2L year, you can petition the Administrative Board, through the Dean of Students Office, to study at Berkeley in your 3L year.

Financial Aid Application Process:
If you are approved for the program, you will spend your third year at Berkeley enrolled as a Berkeley Exchange student. We will be responsible for processing your financial aid as you will still be considered a Harvard Law School student. You will apply for aid in the same manner as in your previous years here at HLS. 

Your Student Bill:
You will receive two bills: one from Harvard and one from Berkeley. 

  • On your Harvard bill, you will be charged the full HLS tuition minus the Berkeley Exchange program fee, which for the 2013-2014 academic year was $3,948 (or $1974 per semester). Additionally, Harvard will charge you both the Harvard University Health Service fee (HUHS) and the Harvard Student Health Insurance Program (HSHIP a.k.a. Blue Cross/Blue Shield) fee. In order to waive the HUHS fee you will need to take action and contact the Harvard University insurance office. If you have appropriate medical coverage, you may also waive the Harvard Student Health Insurance Program (HSHIP) fee by going to the same web site.
    • *Please note that under Federal student aid regulations, an allowance for the Harvard Student Health Insurance Plan (HSHIP) may be included in the student's budget only for students who enroll in the plan. For students who waive this coverage, the allowance will not be given and the total student budget will be reduced by the amount of the plan fee. Students may request upon appeal to have the documented cost of an alternate health insurance plan for which the student pays added to the student's budget.
  • Your Berkeley bill will consist of five budget categories: the class pass, the campus fee, the non-waiveable Berkeley institutional health insurance, the law materials fee, and the exchange fee for a total of $3,948 in 2013-2014 ($1,974 per semester). 

In mid-August and again in mid-January, HLS will cut a check to Berkeley for students on financial aid for the program fee. You will need to pay Berkeley directly for any other charges incurred.

Your Student Budget:
Your budget will be increased by $1,500 to compensate for the extra expenses related to this program of study. This increase is eligible for grant assistance, if applicable. Additionally, the tuition category will be lower and you will have an additional budget category called Berkeley Exchange Program Fee. The combination of HLS tuition and this program fee will equal full tuition at HLS ($54,850 for 2014-2015). Furthermore, the category of “fees” will be lower due to our assumption that you will take the actions necessary to waive the Harvard University Health Service (HUHS) fee. See 2013-2014 example below:

13-14 Standard Academic Budget 13-14 Berkeley Exchange Budget 
Tuition$52,350Tuition$48,402
Mandatory Health & Insurance Fees$3,148Blue Cross/Blue Shield Fee$2,190
Books & Supplies$1,225Books$1,225
Room/Board/Personal$19,912Room/Board/Personal$19,912
Travel Allowance$1,500Travel Allowance$1,500
Stafford Loan Fees$215Stafford Loan Fees$215
  Berkeley Exchange Program Fee$3,948
  Berkeley Allowance$1,500
Total:$78,350Total:$78,892*

*The total budget amount will decrease to $76,702 if the Harvard Student Health Insurance Plan (HSHIP) is waived. 


Summer Work Requirement:
You will be held to the same work requirement the summer before you enroll at Berkeley 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 it after you have registered. All students in the exchange program are required to have direct deposit set up with the Student Receivables Office in order to receive their cash advance and refunds via the direct deposit system. If you have not yet set up direct deposit, please go to the Student Receivables site and set up your account information as soon as possible. 

Other Considerations:

  • Mandatory Meeting: You will need to attend a meeting with Student Financial Services prior to leaving HLS at the end of your 2L year. 
  • Graduation Requirements: In April of your last semester at Berkeley, we will contact you regarding an Exit Interview. The Exit Interview is required for all graduating students. You will receive materials via the web and conduct your Exit Interview over the phone with a Financial Aid Officer.

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

Last modified: July 29, 2014

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