Refund Policies and Methods
Students with credit balances on their student account may be eligible for a refund as a credit to a checking account or credit card from which a payment was recently made.
Please note that Harvard is not responsible for fluctuations in international exchange rates or interest charges due to the timing of credit card refunds.
TAP fees are non-refundable.
Refunds by Credit Card
Credit card refunds are issued when the amount of the credit balance is equal to or less than the total amount of credit card payments.
- Credit card refunds are processed to the card most recently used up to the amount charged on that particular card. If a credit balance remains after the initial credit card refund, the next most recently used card will be refunded, up to the amount paid. See below for additional information on check refunds.
Refunds by Check
Check refunds are issued when you paid by check, money order, bank check, wire or similar form of payment, or if you have a credit balance due that exceeds the amount paid by credit card.
- If you pay by personal or company check and have a credit balance, a refund will be processed after 14 business days, to allow your check payment to clear the bank. You may log in to Online Services to view the original check processing date.
Electronic Refunds, eRefunds (Direct Deposit)
The preferred method for check refunds is by direct deposit electronic refunds, eRefunds. Electronic refunds are deposited into your bank account within five business days after your refund is processed from your student account.
- If you have a U.S. checking account you may enroll in electronic refunds by creating an eRefund profile through the Online Services student finance portal.
- eRefunds is the most secure and quickest method to receive your check refund. Note: you must create your eRefund profile in advance of your refund being processed on your student account before your refund can be direct deposited into your to your U.S. checking account.
- If you do not create an eRefund profile or you do not have a U.S. checking account, any refund will be made by paper check, payable to you, the student, and mailed to the current mailing address on record. You must notify the school of any address changes either via Online Services or in writing by submitting the Student Change of Address Form to ensure correct delivery of refund checks.
Timing of Refunds
The timing of refund processing is based on the type of credit balance on your account and the date of the credit balance. Most credit balances are refunded following the course change period to allow for drops and adds. After the course change deadline, refunds are processed on an on-going basis, within 3-5 business days from the date of the credit balance.
Course Change Refunds
The amount refunded for course changes and drops depends on the date of the change. See the Calendar for important dates and deadlines. You should keep documentation of all changes for your records.
Financial Aid Refunds
Students with financial aid in excess of tuition and fees should see How Aid is Disbursed for information on the timing of financial aid disbursements and refunds.
If you have paid by wire transfer, please call Student Financial Services at (617) 495-4293 for more information.
Amount of refunds
The amount refunded for course changes depends on the date the change request is submitted online or received at 51 Brattle Street. TAP fees are nonrefundable unless a course is canceled. You should keep documents as proof that you submitted registration and course changes by the appropriate deadlines. See the course drop and withdrawal deadlines.