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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.
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|
|Mandatory Health & Insurance Fees||$3,148||Blue Cross/Blue Shield Fee||$2,190|
|Books & Supplies||$1,225||Books||$1,225|
|Travel Allowance||$1,500||Travel Allowance||$1,500|
|Stafford Loan Fees||$215||Stafford Loan Fees||$215|
|Berkeley Exchange Program Fee||$3,948|
*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.
For more program-specific details, contact the Dean of Students Office.
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