Section 5: Budget Adjustments

Budgeting is an extremely individual process which in large part is tied to the fact that we can provide estimates, but we can not ensure that all students will incur the same cost of living nor that students will arrive with the same financial resources. A hefty part of budgeting comprises an individual’s financial resources, such as personal assets and/or financial assistance.

A student’s cost of living and their resources affect a student’s budgeting in different ways. With supporting documentation, individual adjustments to the student expense budget may be made for the following:

  • Rent/Utilities higher than allowed
  • Dependent care allowance
  • Medical/Dental expenses not covered by insurance
  • The cost of one round-trip coach ticket to/from student’s home
  • School-related trips
  • Purchase or rental of a personal computer

Students seeking an individual adjustment to their expense budget should complete the Budget Adjustment Form.

We understand that students may NOT know their specific costs until after they begin their academic year. Budget adjustments can therefore be reviewed anytime during the academic year, but generally no later than the end of April.

Please keep in mind that while we may be able to adjust a student’s individual budget, this does not automatically translate to an increase in financial aid eligibility. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health resources are limited and budget adjustments most often allow students to increase their borrowing eligibility. However should your specific situation be an emergency, we would encourage you to contact our office to make an appointment to meet with one of our staff members.

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