Once you are admitted to Harvard, we work closely with your family to ensure you can afford to come here. Because we seek the best students regardless of their ability to pay, we are committed to meeting 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all four years. International students receive exactly the same financial aid as Americans. In fact, approximately 70 percent of our students receive some form of aid, and about 60 percent receive need–based scholarships and pay an average of $12,000 per year. Twenty percent of parents pay nothing. No loans required.
We follow two key principles:
Our financial aid officers work closely with your family to determine your demonstrated need and your family’s expected contribution. For many families, this is between zero and 10 percent of family income. You will also be asked to contribute to the cost of your education through term-time and summer employment.
Our generous financial aid program—bolstered by the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative, which seeks to increase low- and middle-income students’ awareness of Harvard’s affordability—aims to make Harvard accessible to any student who is admitted.
Use our Net Price Calculator to quickly estimate your aid package and expected family contribution. You can also visit the MyinTuition Quick College Cost Estimator to see just how affordable an education can be at Harvard and other schools.
Explore Harvard’s commitment to economic diversity.
In addition to need–based scholarships, we also offer financing options such as a parent monthly payment plan, various loan programs, and the opportunity to pre-pay tuition for four years at your freshman year rate.
We will also help you find alternative sources of financial assistance, like research grantsand student employment in our libraries, dining halls, museums, and academic departments.
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