We encourage you to apply for financial assistance regardless of financial need. The majority of our fellowships and scholarships are primarily merit based. By applying for financial assistance, you will be considered for a variety of awards.

If you plan to apply for financial assistance, you must submit your master’s degree application before you can access our financial aid application. 

Applicants who are admitted to the Kennedy School and who submitted a financial aid application will be notified of their admission and financial aid decisions in March.

Financial Aid Application Timeline

  • November: Financial aid application available to applicants
  • Early December: Admission application deadline
  • Early January: Financial aid application deadline; FAFSA deadline (U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and eligible noncitizens)
  • March: Admission and financial aid decisions announced
  • April: Admission and financial aid response deadline

Applying for Financial Aid Checklist

  1. Research Harvard and external fellowship and scholarship opportunities.
  2. Submit your application for admission—this is required before you can access the HKS Application for Financial Assistance.
  3. Complete the HKS Application for Financial Assistance—after you have submitted your application for admission—by visiting this website and selecting the “Application for Financial Aid” tab.
  4. If you are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or eligible noncitizen, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).