Secondary School Program Cost

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The total cost of the Secondary School Program depends on the number of courses taken and residential status:

  • Online or commuter experience: $3,340–$6,680
  • Residential experience: $12,730

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

2019 Tuition and Fees 

Application fee (nonrefundable) $75
4-credit course
8-credit course
Housing (room and board) $5,850
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.

FAQ: Am I guaranteed financial aid if I've received aid in a previous Harvard Summer School program and/or term?

No, you are not guaranteed a financial aid award if you have received aid from Harvard Summer School in previous terms. Additionally, if you do receive a financial aid award, the amount may be less from previous years. Students must apply for financial aid every year. Eligibility is based on current financial status and funds available from Harvard Summer School.

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.

The financial aid deadline has passed. We will consider late applicants on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds remain available. Notifications will be sent on April 22, 2019.


If you have questions about the Secondary School Program financial aid application process, please email

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