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Summer 2023: Coronavirus Information

Cost and Aid for the Secondary School Program Summer 2023

The total cost of the Secondary School Program depends on the number of courses taken and in which format:

  • Non-refundable $75 application fee
  • SSP Residential $13,750. Cost includes tuition*, room and meal plan for the full seven weeks.
  • SSP Commuting and SSP Online $3,600 (4-credits) – $7,200 (8-credits). Cost is for tuition only and depends upon the number of credits taken.

The maximum number of credits students can take is 8.

*SSP Residential students must enroll in 8 credits

2023 Tuition and FeesCost
Application fee
Room & Board
(SSP Residential Only)
4-credit course$3,600
8-credit course$7,200

Financial Aid

Scholarships are available to Secondary School Program students with excellent academic records who demonstrate financial need. 

To be eligible:

  • You must be a US citizen or permanent resident 
  • OR you must be granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status
  • You must complete the applications and all other requirements on time 

About the Award

Secondary School Program financial aid is a scholarship award. It is not a loan and does not have to be paid back. Awards typically cover only a portion of the program cost, not its entirety. Families should expect to contribute to the remaining portion of the program cost as well as other expenses like books and school supplies.

Award amounts are determined by many variables, including family finances, availability of funds, and whether a student is taking one or two courses.

Not all financial aid applicants may be eligible for or receive a scholarship. Harvard Summer School staff cannot predict how much aid a student may be offered.

FAQ: Am I guaranteed financial aid if I’ve received aid in a previous Harvard Summer School program and/or term?

No, you are not guaranteed a financial aid award if you have received aid from Harvard Summer School in previous terms. Additionally, if you do receive a financial aid award, the amount may be less than in previous years. Students must apply for financial aid every year. Eligibility is based on current financial status and funds available from Harvard Summer School.

Please note: We encourage students to seek other sources of funding in addition to applying for Secondary School Program financial aid. We do not maintain a list of outside funding sources.

Secondary School Program financial aid is independent of Harvard College financial aid and is not associated with the FAFSA.


If you have questions about the Secondary School Program financial aid application process, please email