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Harvard Employee Tuition Assistance Plan

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

Before enrolling, it is important to review the TAP information available on the Harvard Benefits website. Eligibility depends on your employee classification and hours worked. If you have questions about TAP eligibility, call the Benefits Office at (617) 496-4001.

Please 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 information on record with the Benefits Office. After you choose your courses, select TAP Options and “Opt-in”. Your TAP benefit will be automatically credited to your tuition charges.

How do I use TAP?

Eligible employees may Opt-In to TAP once they are registered for courses. This is done on the DCE Course Search and Registration platform, by clicking into your Primary Cart and then “TAP Options”. Employees can click “Opt-In” and then OK and TAP will be applied.
If you forget to do it when registering, or become eligible for TAP later in the registration period, you can go back to the DCE Course Search and Registration and Opt-In.

If you are unsure of your course selection, we recommend waiting to Opt-In to TAP until after it has been finalized.

If you are unable to apply TAP online, contact Student Financial Services at studentfinance@extension.harvard.edu.

TAP Fees

TAP fees are nonrefundable unless a course is canceled or a waitlist is closed. There is no exception to this policy.

Course Changes

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

January Session

January session courses count toward the spring term TAP total.

Professional Development Programs

Harvard Division of Continuing Education Professional Development programs are not covered by TAP.