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You may register for courses without an initial payment, however full payment of tuition and fees is due by the payment deadline (see calendar). If you register for courses after the payment deadline, you must pay in full immediately.

If payment is not received by the 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 Summer School. If you do not submit your payment directly to the Harvard Summer 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 Summer 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.

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.

The preferred method of submitting a check payment to Harvard Summer School is by e-check. Physical paper checks are accepted via U.S. 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. 

If your check payment is returned unpaid by your bank for any reason, you are assessed a $25 charge per returned check.

Credit or Debit Card

Harvard Summer School accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. To avoid a delay 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 Summer 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

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 dropdown menu, and follow prompts to complete your transaction.

Please note that while funds may leave your bank immediately, international payments can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to arrive at Harvard Summer School.

We recommend initiating payment at least two weeks before the full payment deadline. If payment is not received by the full payment deadline for your program, you risk being dropped from all courses and waitlists.

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 dropdown menu, and follow prompts to complete your transaction. Domestic wires may be completed by selecting the United States from the country menu.

Authorized Users

You may authorize others (parents, employers, other third parties) to access your financial account information online — 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 a third party may view your account information and make payments on your behalf via the Student Finance Portal only.

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 by signing into the Student Finance Portal.

To authorize a User:

  • Log into your MyDCE account and choose the “FinanciaI Services” option.
  • 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 Plan for Admitted Degree Candidates

Harvard Summer School offers payment plans to Harvard Extension School admitted degree candidates as well as students enrolled in the Premedical Program. The interest-free payment plan allows you to pay your tuition in four installments. The first monthly installment is due on April 1, 2024. 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. There is a non-refundable $40 payment plan enrollment fee each term.

Plan enrollment is open from the first day of course registration through the course change deadline, after which you can no longer enroll for the term.

Your payment plan eligible balance is the total of your tuition and any housing charges 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 fees, such as program fees, are not included in the payment plan and are reflected in the amount due. Financial aid or outside award credits will be applied to the total balance before it is divided into installments.

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

To enroll in the payment plan, log into your MyDCE account and choose the “Financial Services” option. Once in the Student Finance Portal, choose “Payment Plans” and select the appropriate term. Any available plan will appear in the drop-down menu.

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. See Harvard University Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP) for more information.

Veterans’ education benefits and active military tuition assistance (TA)

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

Student Financial Services begins processing VA enrollment certifications after May 13, 2024.

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).

Poetry in America Teachers Scholarship

Poetry in America (PiA) Teachers Scholarships enable middle and high school teachers to take the summer 2024 PiA course listed below for a reduced tuition cost of $250. The number of scholarships is limited. Teachers should apply early in the registration period. Scholarships may not be used for other courses.

Eligible PiA course:

  • ENGL S-300 Poetry in America for Teachers: The City from Whitman to Hip Hop

To apply for a PiA Teachers Scholarship, complete the following:

  1. Create a student account in the MyDCE portal
  2. Register for your course online
  3. Pay $250 before May 6, 2024
  4. Submit the scholarship application form, signed by your school’s principal, before May 6, 2024

For more information, email or call (617) 495-4293.