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Payment Options and Policies

We have a variety of payment options available to you. You may register for courses without an initial payment. Full payment of tuition and fees is due by the payment deadline (see calendar).

If you register for courses after the full payment deadline, you must pay in full immediately. If payment is not received by the full payment deadline or if the payment is nonnegotiable, you risk being dropped from all courses and waitlists.

Payment must be made directly to Student Financial Services at the Harvard Extension School. If you do not submit your payment directly to the Harvard Extension School using one of the payment options listed below, your payment may be returned to the payer. While we do not accept cash payments, we do accept all of the following forms of payment.

Payment Options


Harvard Extension School accepts e-checks and paper checks. 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.

The preferred method of submitting a check payment to Harvard Extension School is by e-check. Physical paper checks are accepted via US mail or an expedited service like Federal Express. If you send a paper check, it must arrive by the full payment deadline. We are not responsible for mail delays. Send check payments to: Student Financial Services, 51 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Once received, funds are posted to your student account.

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.

If your check or e-check payment is returned unpaid by your bank for insufficient funds, stopped payment, or account closure, you are assessed a $25 charge per returned item.

Credit or Debit Card

Harvard Extension School accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. To avoid delays in payment processing, use a credit or debit card without a daily charge or transaction limit and enter the billing address exactly as it appears on your credit card statement.

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

TransferMate: International Payments & Domestic Bank Wires

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International Payments
We are partnered with TransferMate to provide seamless international payments through your online student account. Log into your student account, select Make A Payment, choose TransferMate INTL from the drop-down menu, and follow prompts to complete your transaction. International payments made through TransferMate are free of charge.

Domestic Bank Wires
Bank wires may also be initiated through your online student account via our partnership with TransferMate. Log into your student account, go to ‘Make Payment’ tab, choose TransferMate INTL from the drop-down menu, and follow prompts to complete your transaction. Domestic wires may be completed by selecting the United States from the country menu. TransferMate charges a $20 fee for domestic transactions.

Authorized Users

You may authorize others (parents, employers, other third parties) to access your financial account information – to view your student account details and submit a payment directly to your account via credit card or electronic check (U.S. bank accounts only).

In compliance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), your student financial records may not be shared with a third party without your written consent. Adding an authorized user serves as your written consent that an third party may view your account information and make payments on your behalf via the Student Finance Portal.

Please note that the courses in which you are enrolled for the term will be included on your financial statement, and will be visible to any authorized users you choose.

Authorized users:

  • Do not have access to your stored payment methods, academic records, or other personal information
  • Can only view permitted information through signing into the Student Finance Portal

To authorize a User:

  • Sign into the Student Finance Portal in MyDCE by selecting Financial Services at the top of the page.
  • Once you have consented to the Billing and Payment Terms and Conditions, you will find the Authorized Users link on the Finance Portal main page.

You may manage your authorized users by adding, deleting and editing authorized users information from the Student Finance Portal main page. You may authorize multiple users.

Please note that authorized user access is granted for the online portal only.  Student Financial Services staff are unable to discuss a student’s account details with an authorized user via phone or email. 

Payment Plans

Harvard Extension School offers tuition payment plans to all. These interest-free plans allow you to pay your tuition in four installments.

Plan enrollment is open from the first day of course registration through the course change deadline. The first monthly installment is due on December 1 for Spring and August 1 for Fall. You may enroll after the Payment Plan start date. However, to enroll you will need to pay any installments with a due date that has already passed.

To view available plans and enroll in a payment plan, register for courses first. Then, log into MyDCE and choose the “Financial Services” option. Once in the Student Finance Portal, choose “Payment Plans” and select the appropriate term. You will see a plan option in the drop-down menu.

There is a non-refundable $40 payment plan enrollment fee each term. Some plans require a down payment. You can view the terms of the plan available to you in the Student Finance Portal.

Your payment plan eligible balance is the total of your tuition less any payments, including pending credits and accepted financial aid. If your student account balance changes for any reason your payment plan will automatically update within 24 hours.

Charges for health insurance and other fees, such as program fees, cannot be included in the payment plan. If you are a degree student and will be waiving the health insurance coverage, please complete your waiver before enrolling in a payment plan.

If your payment plan becomes past due, your plan may be canceled. In that case, you must make immediate payment or you will be at risk of being dropped from all courses and waitlists.

Past due charges must be paid before the start of each term to remain eligible to participate.

Financial Aid

There are financial aid options for students admitted to degree programs and the Premedical Program (see Admitted Students), as well as limited funding opportunities for students who are taking courses but are not admitted to a program (see Nonadmitted Students).

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 Extension School courses. See Tuition Assistance for more information.

Veterans’ Education Benefits and Active Military Tuition Assistance (TA)

Veterans may be eligible to receive education benefits through the Veterans Administration. Veterans and active military service members may be eligible to receive TA. See Benefits for the Military for more information.

Payment Policies

Student Account Billing

As a student, you have an account that includes individual charges and credits for each term. Charges include course tuition and other fees, such as health insurance fees, application fees, as applicable. Credits applied to your account may include a combination of payments, such as credit cards, personal checks, and financial aid. If you have an outstanding balance from a prior term, any payment is applied first to the oldest charges on your account.

To view your student account, log in to MyDCE and select “Financial Services” to enter the Student Finance Portal.

When you register online, your registration changes are automatically applied to your account. If your balance remains unpaid, an email notification is sent to you stating that you have a balance due. The balance is due by the payment deadline. Once that date has passed, any new balance is due immediately.

Stopping Payment on Checks or Credit Cards

Stopping payment on checks or credit cards is not a valid method of dropping or withdrawing from your courses. If you stop payment on a check or credit card without following Extension School policies and procedures for dropping or withdrawing from your courses, you are responsible for all course tuition and fees posted to your student account. Refer to Course Changes and Withdrawals.

Past Due Student Accounts

Your account is considered past due if you have not paid in full by the payment deadline. If your account remains past due, you risk being dropped from all courses and waitlists and you remain responsible for all unpaid course tuition and fees.

You are not eligible to register for any classes at the Extension School or the Harvard Summer School until your account is paid in full. If you are a degree candidate, you must be in good financial standing with Harvard Extension School and Summer School, as well as Harvard University, before your degree will be conferred.

Returned Check Policy

If your check is returned unpaid by your bank for any reason, Student Financial Services notifies you to make full payment by bank check, money order, or credit card.

If full payment is not received by the payment deadline, you risk being dropped from all courses and waitlists. You are responsible for all course tuition and fees on your account.

Your account will be charged a $25 fee for any check returned unpaid for any reason. There are no exceptions to this policy.

If your check is returned unpaid by your bank, you may only use credit cards, bank checks or money orders as methods of payment to Harvard Summer School or Harvard Extension School for one year.

If you stop payment on a check, you are no longer eligible to pay by check.

Invalid Credit Cards and Credit Card Chargebacks

  • If you request a credit card chargeback, you may be removed from your course(s) and you are liable for all tuition and fees on your account.
  • If you use a credit card without the cardholder’s knowledge or permission, you may be removed from your course(s) and, if applicable, and you may face prosecution.
  • If you use another person’s credit card, and the cardholder requests a credit card chargeback, you may be removed immediately from your course(s). You are liable for all tuition and fees on your account.