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As a Harvard Kennedy School graduate who qualifies for LRAP coverage, you can submit your application between late November and December to receive coverage for the first six months of the year. You’ll need to reapply in June or July to receive coverage for the last six months. Unfortunately, we cannot consider late applications.

May graduates are first eligible to apply for participation in November after graduation, for the January to June coverage period.

If you are approved for LRAP, you are still responsible for making your monthly student loan payments directly to your lender. If you are an international student, you must have a U.S. bank account that allows you to make payments to your lender. Contact your lender for other options if you do not have a U.S. bank account.

Supporting documents

You’ll need to submit supporting documents—loan statements, employment certification form, and tax returns—along with your LRAP application. You may use printouts of your lender account statements for your loan status documentation.

A complete LRAP application consists of the following:

  1. LRAP application (accessible to HKS graduates only. The application is now open for January to June coverage; the submission deadline is Wednesday, December 21, 2022.)
  2. Statement of purpose
  3. Employment Certification Form to be completed by your employer. This form specifies your position and total annual compensation, including housing benefits, per diem payments, location adjustments, and other financial benefits you may receive in addition to your salary.
  4. A letter from your spouse’s employer, if applicable, documenting his/her annual earnings
  5. Your most recent tax return. Provide a written explanation if you did not file taxes in the most recent tax period.
  6. Documentation of your spouse’s student loans (if applicable)
  7. Documentation from your lenders that reflects how much you owe, your monthly payment, and that payments are not overdue: 
    - Direct Loan statements are available from your loan servicer. Review your loan details here if you aren't sure who is your loan servicer. 
    Sallie Mae loan statements are available here 
    Citibank loan statements are available here 
    - If you have a Perkins loan, you do not need to submit a copy of your Perkins loan statements. We will verify your repayment information with the Harvard Student Loan Office.

Timeline

As a qualified LRAP recipient, your coverage begins in January of each year. If you have student loan payments due before January, they will not be covered by your LRAP award.

The timeline below offers a general overview of when LRAP applications are due, when application decisions are made, and when you would receive your funds. This timeline is subject to change.

LRAP Process  
Applications submitted for January-June coverage Late November -December
Committee reviews applications Early January
Applicants notified by email of decision Mid January
Payments and letters processed Mid January
Checks mailed to recipients for January-June coverage* Late January
Mid-year re-certification applications submitted for July-December coverage June-July
Committee reviews applications July
Payments and letters processed July-August
Checks mailed to recipients for July-December coverage* Late July-August

*In some cases, funds may be wired to recipients outside North America, but there are strict criteria for wiring payments. You will be contacted if your payment is eligible for wiring. Your payment cannot be wired to you if you are not contacted.