Refunds are processed approximately two weeks after the registration deadline to allow for course changes and adjustments.

Credit card refunds are issued back to the credit card that was originally used. Harvard is not responsible for fluctuations in international exchange rates or interest charges due to the timing of credit card refunds. All other refunds are by check, made out to you, the student, and mailed to the current mailing address on record. You must notify the school of any address changes either in writing (with the change of address form) or via online services to ensure correct delivery of refund checks.

If you have paid by personal check, you must either wait 30 days from the deposit date of the check or provide Student Financial Services with front and back copies of the canceled check (obtainable from your bank) before a refund is processed. You may log in to online services to view the deposit date.

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.

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