Secondary School Program Cost

If you plan to live on campus, the average cost of attending the program in 2017 is $11,900, which includes tuition for two 4-credit courses or one 8-credit course, room and board fees, and a health insurance fee.

If you will attend as a commuting or online student, the cost ranges from $3,050 to $6,100 depending on the number of credits taken.

2017 tuition and fees for the Secondary School Program 

Application fee  $50
(to be applied toward your total Summer School charges and refundable according to the course drop and withdrawal deadlines unless you incur a late payment fee)
If not requesting I-20 $200
If requesting I-20 $1,500
4-credit course
8-credit course
Housing (room and board) $5,550
Health insurance fee
If you do not have US health insurance that covers major illnesses and accidents, you must purchase it through the Summer School.

Financial aid: late application period February 20–April 3

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 April 3.

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. 

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 Monday, April 3 by 5 pm.
  • 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 Monday, April 3, 5 pm. 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

February 20, 2017 Late financial aid application period begins
March 1, 2017 Course registration opens
Requires payment of $200 refundable deposit; register early for best choice of courses
March 15, 2017 Financial aid course registration deadline for awards given as of Feb. 20*
Your award will be rescinded if you are not registered for classes by March 15
March 15, 2017 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, 2017 February financial aid award disbursed to student accounts
April 3, 2017 Late financial aid application and program application deadline.
April 24, 2017 Late financial aid decision communicated

*General course registration is open until May 15.

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@dcemail.harvard.edu.

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