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Summer 2022: Coronavirus Information

Full payment of tuition and fees is due by the payment deadline (see calendar). If the payment information you submit is incomplete or if payments are nonnegotiable, you risk being dropped from your courses.

We accept the following forms of payment. We do not accept cash payments.

Payment Options

Credit or Debit Card

Harvard Summer School accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. If the credit card information you submit is incomplete or if the credit card payment is declined, you are at risk of being dropped from your course(s) after the payment deadline. 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.

ACH and Wire Transfers

For payments drawn on foreign banks, the Summer School recommends a wire transfer.

Please note that while funds may leave your bank immediately, international wire transfers can take three to four weeks to be received by Harvard’s bankYou should send wire payments no later than Friday, April 8, to meet the May 16 deadline for full payment. Once received, funds are posted to your student account. Use the following information and transmittal instructions:

Student name (as used to register)
Month and day of birth (example: June 23)
Harvard University
Account number 000000172448
Bank of America
100 Federal Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02110
ABA 026009593 (for all wire transfers)
ABA 011000138 (for all ACH transfers)
Swift: BOFAUS3N (for non-US banks; paid in US dollars)


Harvard Summer School accepts e-checks, online bank 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 USPS mail; however, processing may be significantly delayed due to limited access to the office, in accordance with the University’s COVID-19 response. Please allow for plenty of time for processing. You should send check payments no later than Friday, April 8 to meet the May 16 deadline for full payment. 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 insufficient funds, stopped payment, or account closure, you are assessed a $25 charge per returned check.

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 Plan for Admitted Degree Candidates

Payment plans are offered on a per term basis for admitted degree candidates. The interest-free payment plan allows degree candidates to pay in four installments each term. You enroll in the plan for a non-refundable $35 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.

You pay installments by the due date each month. Your monthly payment is based on your current term charges less payments and pending credits, including financial aid such as grants and loans. Any change to your student account balance will automatically update your installment amounts within 24 hours (an email notification will be sent to you when this occurs).

Charges for health insurance and other 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 16.

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 one of the summer 2022 PiA courses (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 9
  4. Submit the scholarship application form, signed by your school’s principal, before May 9 

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