iagolives wrote:Ok, this is going to sound needy, but I don't get their billing process at all. I read through their billing information in that link they sent out but I'm confused. We get a bill, pay via "anticipated" credits, and then we get money from our loans which pays for what we took out of our "anticipated" credits. Then, to get the rest of our money for food and whatnot, we request an advance. This makes no sense, but is that right?
Also, when do we do our summer confirmation of our financial aid stuff?
This is all my understanding of things.
Assuming you're taking out enough loans to cover all of tuition, fees and COL, and if you have already filled out the request for gradPLUS loans, then when you get your first e-bill in July the balance will be zero. When you get to registration, they will give you a check for 1/2(total loan amount - 2*what they deducted to pay your July bill) in order to pay for COL apart from rent if you are obtaining housing through Harvard (because in that case housing will be part of your e-bill). More or less the same thing happens in January for the second semester.
The confirmation for summer earnings and for amount of assets to finalize your student contribution and grant amounts should be in August. You will get an email telling you when the online forms are available.
As far as the other things people mentioned: There is nothing to fill out yet for Stafford and Perkins loans. Those are automatically taken out for you by SFS. You will just need to sign an electronic MPN in August/September. Again, you should get an email for this when the time comes.
I didn't get any confirmation beyond the updated amount for gradPLUS loans listed on my award page. I'm sure that is sufficient confirmation.
borntorun has the correct list of everything you need to have sent so far: transcript and college certification by July 1, medical forms by July 15. There's a checklist on the admitted students web page. Also, if you already have health insurance, you need to waive the Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance before September 30 (http://www.huhs.harvard.edu/Insurance/Students.aspx
) in order to not be automatically charged for it.