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Cost and Aid for the Secondary School Program

The application for Summer 2024 is closed.

The total cost of the Secondary School Program for Summer 2024 depends on the number of courses taken and which format. All applicants pay a non-refundable $75 application fee.

7-Week SSP Residential

The total program cost is $14,250. Cost includes tuition for 8 credits*, room and meal plan, and the program fee for the full seven weeks.

7-Week SSP Commuting and SSP Online

The total program cost is $3,900 (4-credits) to $7,600 (8-credits). Cost depends upon the number of credits taken and includes tuition and the program fee.

4-Week SSP Residential

The total program cost is $7,700. Cost includes tuition for 4-credits, room and meal plan, and the program fee, for the full four weeks.

The maximum number of credits students can take in the 7-Week programs is 8-credits. Students in the 4-Week program will enroll in 4-credits.

*SSP Residential students must enroll in 8 credits.

2024 Tuition and FeesCost
Application fee (nonrefundable)$75
Program fee$200
Room & Meal Plan (Residential Only)
4-credit course $3,700
8-credit course*$7,400

*7-Week Residential students must enroll in 8 credits. 7-Week Online and Commuting may choose between 4 or 8 credits.

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. Harvard Summer School does not discriminate against applicants or students on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry or any other protected classification.

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.


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.

Where is the financial aid application?

The financial aid application for our need-based scholarship is located within the program application portal. We do not offer a separate financial aid application, so students must complete it before they submit their program application.

What documents will I need to apply for financial aid?

When completing the financial aid application, students will be asked for information from the student and parent 2022 1040 tax return and 2022 W-2 forms in addition to the value of student and parent assets.

Do you offer financial aid for international students?

To be eligible for financial aid, you must be a US citizen, US permanent resident, or be granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.

Does Harvard Summer School offer an application fee waiver?

Harvard Summer School does not offer application fee waivers for students. However, if you are a student applying to Harvard Summer School with an organization that is affiliated with Harvard Summer School, you may want to inquire with your organization to see if there is an application fee waiver available. If so, your organization would be billed for payment of the fee.

While we do offer financial aid to eligible students, awards typically cover only a portion of the program cost. Families should expect to contribute to the remaining portion of the program cost as well as other expenses like books, school supplies, and travel to the Harvard campus.

When do I need to pay my balance in full?

Information on the payment deadline, as well as information on other important dates and deadlines, may be found on the Secondary School Program calendar.

Does Harvard Summer School offer payment extensions?

Unfortunately, payment deadlines for the term are firm deadlines that cannot be extended.
Student accounts must be paid in full by the payment deadline for your program, or the student will be at risk of being dropped for non-payment.

I can’t pay the total fee all at once. Can I have a payment plan?

Payment plans are not available. Students may make several smaller payments towards their balance over the registration period, but the balance must be paid by the payment deadline.

Can I have someone call or email on my behalf if we have questions about my student account?

Because Harvard University is an institution of postsecondary education, we must comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as Amended (FERPA) in protecting the confidentiality of students’ educational records, regardless of the student’s age. This means that our personnel may communicate only with the student about their courses, registration status, account balance, and other information that is specific to the student and not identified as directory information.

For more information, visit our Rights and Regulations webpage.

What payment options are available?

Harvard Summer School accepts the payment methods listed below:

  • Credit or Debit Card
  • Checks (electronic or paper checks are accepted)
  • TransferMate (for international payments and domestic bank wires)

Click here for detailed information on each payment option.

Someone wants to make a payment on my account. How can they do that?

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 (US 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.

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.

What’s included in the program fee?

The program fee covers the cost of offering additional extracurricular activities to students in the Secondary School Program. A variety of in-person and online activities such as college admissions programming, college readiness skills workshops, volunteering opportunities, and health and wellness activities are available to SSP students. Some longer, off-campus trips may include an additional cost between $10-$40.


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