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Paying for School

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We know that paying for school can feel like a daunting task.

We’re here to provide you with easy-to-understand information about how much it will cost to reach your education goals at Harvard Extension School, including tuition rates and payment options.



Tuition and Program Costs

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 the tuition of our peer institutions.

Our tuition rate is calculated by credit, and the majority of courses are 4 credits. For the 2024–25 school year, tuition per 4-credit course is as follows:

Credit LevelTuition Per 4-credit CourseAverage Tuition of Peer Institutions
Undergraduate credit $2,100 ($525 per credit)$2,900
Graduate credit $3,340 ($835 per credit)$4,330
Noncredit $1,560n/a

2024-25 Cost of Attendance

One term (4.5 months for fall or spring)

Additional ExpensesCost
Housing and food$12,075
Books, course materials, supplies, and equipment (based on 2 courses)$400
Total cost of attendanceSubtotal + Your Tuition

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 2024–25 school year, tuition estimates are as follows:

Type of ProgramNumber of Required CoursesTotal Tuition
Undergraduate Certificate3$6,300
Graduate Certificate3–5$10,020–$16,700
Undergraduate Degree16–32$33,600–$67,200
Graduate Degree 10–12$33,400–$40,080

How to Pay

We are committed to working 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.

Payment Plans

We offer tuition payment plans to all students. These interest-free plans allow you to pay your course tuition in four installments. Plan enrollment is open from the first day of course registration through the course change deadline. 

Employer Tuition Reimbursement

Many employers have tuition reimbursement programs. If you are planning to work while completing your education, this type of benefit could cover some or all of your tuition costs. Learn more about how tuition reimbursement plans work in our blog.

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Need approval from your boss?

Many organizations have a budget for employee career development. Use the template request letter we’ve created to tap into those funds.

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

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 $40 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.

Student Financial Services Hours

Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Except when administrative offices are closed on University holidays; see calendar.

Phone: (617) 495-4293