Need-Based FellowShips

The School awards need-based fellowships to provide access to admitted students with limited financial resources. All students with financial need are welcome to apply for fellowships after being admitted to the program.

Eligibility & Criteria

Additional need-based Fellowships

Forward Fellowship
Beginning with the Class of 2020, this new fellowship supports students from lower-income backgrounds who have carried significant financial burdens or obligations.

Special Interest Fellowships

We complement our need-based fellowship program with a variety of fellowship options suited to different student backgrounds and interests.

The Robert S. Kaplan (MBA 1983) Life Sciences Fellowship
Open to students with an interest in a science-based career.

Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship
Open to students demonstrating non-profit leadership.

Junior Achievement Fellowship
Open to students with Junior Achievement experience.


Harvard University General Scholarships

Harvard University offers some small restricted scholarships. If you meet any of the restricted criteria, you will need to mail supporting documentation to MBA Financial Aid.

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Most financial aid received by HBS students is in the form of loans. Loans carry a legal obligation to repay principal and interest under a defined repayment schedule. All students will receive detailed information about this option once admitted.

All U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents who plan to apply for financial aid after being admitted to HBS should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA will be available on October 1, 2016 and can be completed online at HBS's Title IV code is E00507.

Because eligibility for educational loans is dependent upon a satisfactory credit history, you should obtain a copy of your report as soon as possible to remedy any discrepancies or problems.

There are three basic types of loans available for HBS students:

Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loans are currently available to qualified students who are U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents. The maximum loan amount is $20,500.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans are available to qualified students who are U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents for the cost of attendance less other aid received.

Private Loans are available for domestic and international students.

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External Funding

In addition to the options shown above, we encourage you to explore these potential resources.

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