COVID-19 Update: Staff members within the Financial Aid Office are currently working remotely. To contact our office, please email us at or reach us by phone at 617-432-0449.

A notice will be updated here when staff have returned to the office.

Emergency aid for extenuating circumstances related to COVID-19 may be available under the Medical Student Emergency Aid Fund to those who experience temporary financial hardship related to travel, technology and other expenses that are directly related to change in remote learning. 

Financial Aid for MD Students

Generous Aid, Low Debt

Harvard Medical School has one of the most generous MD financial aid programs in the country. On average the HMS Financial Aid Office administers over $37.1 million in loans, employment, and scholarship funding from various federal, private, and school sources to approximately 72 percent of the HMS student body. As a result of our generous financial aid programs, HMS maintains an average graduating debt well below the national average. Students in the HMS Class of 2019 graduated with an average medical debt of $111,823 which compares favorably with the $184,840 national average at private medical schools.

Diverse Student Body

A diverse student body is integral to the HMS mission. We select candidates without regard to their ability to pay for medical school and award financial assistance solely on the basis of financial need. Of our financial aid recipients at HMS, 1 in 5 come from a family whose annual income is less than $50,000 and 50 percent qualify for our Middle Income Initiative. In order to maintain our generous aid program, we require both students and parents to contribute to the cost of attendance to the extent they are able so that we may distribute limited resources fairly and equitably to those with the greatest need.

HMS Diversity Statement

The average graduating debt in 2019 at HMS was $114,729, compared to the national average of $175,607 at public medical schools, and $184,892 at private medical schools.