Payment Options

Payment Options

Online payment by credit card is preferred. If the payment information you submit is incomplete or if payments are declined, you are not registered in your course(s).

To pay online, log into online services. If you cannot make your payment online, complete the payment form and mail it along with your payment to Student Financial Services, Harvard Summer School, 51 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Harvard Summer School does not accept cash payments.

Credit Card

Harvard Summer School accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. If the credit card information you submit is incomplete or if the credit card payment is declined, you are not registered in your course(s). To avoid a delay in the registration process, you should use a credit card without a daily charge limit. See Payment Policies.

Harvard Summer School is not responsible for fluctuations in international exchange rates or interest charges due to the timing of credit card charges or refunds.


The Summer School accepts bank checks, money orders, personal checks, and company checks. All checks must be made payable to Harvard Summer School. Checks must be drawn on a US bank and include proper routing numbers. Starter checks, unnumbered or not personalized, are not accepted. Any bank collection charges are your responsibility.

If you submit a check drawn on a bank account other than your own, you must include your name and the month and day of your birth on the check.

If your check is returned unpaid by your bank for insufficient funds, stopped payment, or account closure, you are assessed a $25 charge per returned check. Checks may be converted and processed using the Automated Clearing House (ACH) Network, under the rules governed by the National Automated Clearing House Association and the Federal Reserve Bank.

Bank Checks and Money Orders

The Summer School does not accept cash payments.

Students wishing to pay tuition and fees with cash may visit the Harvard University Employees Credit Union at 104 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 to purchase, for $1, a money order or bank check. Money orders and bank checks are also accepted from any US bank.

ACH and Wire Transfers

For payments drawn on foreign banks, the Summer School recommends a wire transfer. Please note that while funds may leave your bank immediately, international wire transfers can take three to four weeks to be received by Harvard’s bank. You should send wire payments no later than Friday, April 10, to meet the May 18 deadline for full payment. Once received, funds are posted to your student account. Use the following information and transmittal instructions:

Student name (as used to register)
Month and day of birth (example: June 23)
Harvard University
Account number 000000172448
Bank of America
100 Federal Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02110
ABA 026009593 (for all wire transfers)
ABA 011000138 (for all ACH transfers)
Swift: BOFAUS3N (for non-US banks; paid in US dollars)

Harvard University Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP)

Harvard's Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP) makes it possible for University staff, faculty, part-time employees and retirees to take Summer School courses.

Before enrolling, it is important to review the TAP information available on HR website. Eligibility depends on your employee classification and hours worked. 

You pay $40 per course for a maximum of two courses, or $80 for an 8 credit course.

Study abroad, Harvard Division of Continuing Education professional development programs, and some nonstandard courses and programs are not covered by TAP. See individual course descriptions.

TAP fees are nonrefundable unless a course is canceled.

You are encouraged to register online. If you have not previously registered for Extension or Summer School courses, please register online as a new student. Your name and date of birth must match exactly the name on record with the Benefits Office. After you choose your courses, select "Apply TAP to complete the TAP benefit form. Your TAP benefit will be automatically credited to your tuition charges during the online payment process.

If you have questions about TAP eligibility, call the Benefits Services Group at (617) 496-4001.

If you are unable to register online, call Student Financial Services at (617) 495-4293.

Course Changes

If your TAP benefit has been applied to a course that you would now like to change, you must first drop the original course before adding the new course to avoid being charged the tuition for the new course. See the course and credit status change deadlines.

Late Registration

Register by Monday, May 18, to avoid nonrefundable late registration fee charges. You are responsible for paying the $200 nonrefundable late registration fee if you register during late registration. (See the calendar for relevant dates.)

If you are unable to register online, call Student Financial Services at (617) 495-4293.

Veterans and active military personnel

Veterans and active military students may be eligible to receive education benefits. See Veterans and Active Military Personnel on the Extension School website.

Student Financial Services begins processing VA enrollment certifications after May 18.

Financial Aid

If you are in a degree program at another school, arrange for financial assistance for Harvard Summer School through your home school's financial aid office via a consortium agreement. Apply early to meet the Harvard Summer School payment deadlines (see the calendar).

Extension School degree and premedical program candidates: see Financial Aid on the Extension School website.

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