Consumer Information

In accordance with Federal Consumer Information regulations the following information is available to current and prospective students at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Please contact the HKS Office of Student Financial Services to request a hard copy or inquire about additional information.

HKS Financial Assistance Process Information

Basic financial assistance information and contact information

The total cost of attending the school - Tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, applicable transportation costs, and any additional costs

The terms and conditions under which students receive FFEL and Direct Loans

Need-based and non-need-based state and local aid programs, school aid programs, and other private aid programs

How do students apply for aid, and how eligibility is determined?

How does the school distribute aid among students?

How and when financial aid will be disbursed

Rights and responsibilities of students receiving financial assistance

  • Please refer to the Financial Matters or to the Everything Else sections of the HKS Student Handbook

Terms and conditions of any employment that is part of a financial aid package

Terms, schedules, the necessity of loan repayment, and required loan entrance/exit counseling

Criteria for measuring Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) - How a student who has failed to maintain SAP may reestablish eligibility for federal financial aid

  • The standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for federal financial aid eligibility are the same as the College's standards for matriculation, which can be found in the Academics section of the HKS Student Handbook

Requirements for the return of federal student aid funds when students withdraw - Return to Title Four (R2T4) Compliance and Student Aid Refund Policy

Information about Academic Programs and Student Attainment

Accreditation and institutional research

  • Information regarding the names of associations, agencies, and/or governmental bodies that accredit, approve, or license the school and its programs, and the procedures by which a student may receive a copy for review of the school’s accreditation, licensure, or approval may be found on Harvard's Office of Institutional Reasearch website.

Information on cross registration and transfer policy

Facilities and services for disabled students

There are a number of resources available to disabled students.

Degree programs, training, and other education offered,; any plans the School has for improving academic programs

Instructional, laboratory, and other physical plant facilities associated with the academic programs

  • The University Information Systems (UIS) maintains a complete list of all Harvard buildings available.

List of faculty and other instructional personnel

Terms and conditions under which students receiving federal loans may obtain deferments

Information on placement of and types of employment obtained by graduates of the school

Consumer information for student athletes

Graduation rate information

School Facilities, Services, & Campus Policies

Prevention of drug and alcohol abuse

Campus security statistics and security policies

The University supplies a number of resources to help students understand campus security statistics and polices.

Harvard Kennedy School missing persons procedures

Emergency response and evacuation procedures

Harvard University’s fire safety report

Harvard vaccination policy

Policies and sanctions related to copyright infringement

Textbook information

Constitution Day

Occurs on September 17th, each year a notice will be sent out to the University community by the University Financial Aid Liaison Office regarding specific events.

Harvard University student code of conduct

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires that institutions participating in the federal student loan programs develop, publish, and enforce a code of conduct with respect to students loans.

FERPA compliance and FERPA blocks

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) protects the privacy of student records. In addition to the normal protections provided by this law students may specifically request an additional level of privacy called a FERPA Block. Further details on FERPA and FERPA Blocks may be found on the Information Security and Privacy at Harvard website below.

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