Secondary School Program Cost

Online or Commuter Experience: $3,300–$6,600

Residential Experience: $12,500

Online and commuter rates are dependent on the number of credits taken.

The residential rate includes 8 credits of course tuition, room and board—including meals—and insurance fees. 

2018 tuition and fees for the Secondary School Program 

Application fee (the application period opens in December) $50
4-credit course
8-credit course
Housing (room and board) $5,700
Health insurance fee $200

Financial aid

Scholarships are available to Secondary School Program students with excellent academic records who demonstrate financial need. 

To be eligible:

  • You must be a US citizen; or permanent resident 
  • OR you must be granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status
  • You must complete the applications and all other requirements on time 

About the award

Secondary School Program financial aid is a scholarship award. It is not a loan and does not have to be paid back. Awards typically cover only a portion of the program cost, not its entirety. Families should expect to contribute to the remaining portion of the program cost as well as other expenses like travel, books, etc.

Award amounts are determined by many variables, including family finances, availability of funds, and whether a student is residential, commuting, or attending online. Residential students demonstrating exceptional financial need may be eligible for additional funding towards room and board.

Not all financial aid applicants may be eligible for or receive a scholarship. Harvard Summer School staff cannot predict how much aid a student may be offered.

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for admission to the Secondary School Program and complete the financial aid application by the February 1 deadline. 

How to apply for financial aid

  1. Apply to the Secondary School Program.
    • Your application must be complete, with all elements received no later than February 1.
    • We recommend you check with your guidance counselor regarding your current grades, transcript, and the Counselor Report at least a week before the application due date.
  2. Apply for Secondary School Program financial aid through online services by February 1.
    • Be sure the information you submit is accurate and complete.
  3. Once your application has been successfully submitted, you will see a confirmation message and also receive a confirmation e-mail.
    • If you do not see the message or e-mail, then your application was not successfully submitted, and you should try again.

Key dates

Early December, 2017 Financial aid application period begins
Thursday, February 1, 2018 Financial aid application deadline
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Financial aid award decisions communicated
March 15, 2018 Course registration deadline
Your award will be rescinded if you are not registered for classes by March 15
March 15, 2018 Housing request deadline (if applicable)
Your award will be rescinded if you did not request housing by March 15, if living on campus
March 16, 2018 Financial aid award disbursed to your student account

Please note: We encourage students to seek other sources of funding in addition to applying for Secondary School Program financial aid. We do not maintain a list of outside funding sources.

Secondary School Program financial aid is independent of Harvard College financial aid and is not associated with the FAFSA.


If you have questions about the Secondary School Program financial aid application process, please e-mail sspfinancialaid@summer.harvard.edu.

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