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Paying for School

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We know that paying for school can feel like a daunting task. But navigating the complexities of tuition and financial aid should not stand in the way of your education.

Our goal is to provide you with clear and easy-to-understand information about what it will cost to reach your education goals at Harvard Extension School.

Tuition Per Course

At Harvard Extension School, we believe that a quality education should also be affordable. 

Our tuition rates are comparable to public universities and only a fraction of tuition of our peer institutions.

For the 2021-2022 school year, tuition per 4-credit course is as follows:

Credit LevelTotal Tuition Per CourseAverage Tuition of Peer Institutions
Undergraduate credit $1,920$2,738
Graduate credit $2,980$5,476
Noncredit $1,500n/a

Cost of Completion: Tuition Per Degree or Certificate

If you are planning to complete a degree or certificate, the total tuition will depend on how many courses are required. 

For the 2021-2022 school year, tuition estimates are as follows:

Type of ProgramNumber of Required CoursesTotal Tuition
Undergraduate Certificate3$5,760
Graduate Certificate3–5$8,940–$14,900
Undergraduate Degree16–32$30,720–$61,440
Graduate Degree 10–12$29,800–$35,760

Learn more about the course requirements and admissions process for a Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts

Harvard Extension School offers 42 graduate certificates and 26 graduate degree programs

How to Pay

Our goal is to work closely with you to make paying for school as hassle-free as possible.

We offer a variety of payment options depending on your circumstances. And we can help you understand whether you might be eligible for financial assistance.

For instance, have you thought about asking your employer if they have a tuition reimbursement program? If you are planning to work while completing your education, this type of benefit could cover some or all of your tuition costs.

If you are an eligible Harvard University employee, you may be able to take Harvard classes at a discount through the Tuition Assistance Program. Visit the TAP page for more details.

Financial aid may be available to help admitted degree candidates pay for some or all tuition costs. Our Student Financial Services staff can help you determine your eligibility for financial aid and how to apply.

Types of financial aid available to admitted degree candidates may include:

If you are active military personnel or a veteran, you may be eligible for special funding options for Military Personnel and Veterans.

Other Costs to Consider

As you begin your educational journey, it is important to look at other additional expenses that might be necessary. 

These expenses will be different for each student. However, being aware of the types of expenses you may encounter can help you anticipate and plan for them in advance. 

Some additional expenses you may incur while attending Harvard Extension School include:

Fees. Harvard Extension School does not charge fees as a form of supplemental tuition. However, some transactions may involve small additional fees. For example, applying for a degree program requires a fee of $100. Admitted degree candidates must pay a nonrefundable fee of $35 per term to sign up for the tuition payment plan. You may encounter other, similar fees as you register for and complete coursework at Harvard Extension School.

Health insurance. Massachusetts state law requires that eligible students participate in a qualifying student health insurance plan. Get information on student health insurance eligibility, requirements, and fees.  

Residency requirements. Some degree programs may require that you complete one or more courses on the Harvard campus. Be sure to know your residency requirements and incorporate travel, lodging, and food costs into your total budget. 

Technology, labs, books, and materials. For your classes, consider the costs of computers, Internet access, and specific apps and software. In addition, some courses may require additional lab fees or the purchase of specific books and materials relevant to that class.