Secondary School Program Cost

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In 2017, for students living on campus, the average cost of attending the program was $11,900, which included tuition for two 4-credit courses or one 8-credit course, room and board fees, and a health insurance fee.

For those attending as a commuting or online student, the cost ranged from $3,050 to $6,100 depending on the number of credits taken.

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 financial aid application, program application, and all other requirements by the spring deadline (to be announced).

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 vary and depend on financial need, academic level preference is given to students in 11th grade, academic merit, status (residential, commuting, or online), and availability of funds. 

A typical award covers a portion of tuition. Not all financial aid applicants receive a scholarship. 

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@dcemail.harvard.edu.

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