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Funding Your Summer Coursework

Harvard is committed to helping you cover the cost of your entire education, including summer school. If you receive need-based aid during the regular academic year, you are eligible for a Harvard Loan up to $10,000 to help with summer school costs.

Please note that your term-time financial aid award does not carry over to the summer term. You must complete a separate application for a summer school loan. The application for Summer 2018 is due May 9th 2018 and can be found here.

This application is for current Harvard College students attending Harvard Summer School in Cambridge, or those studying abroad. If you are not a Harvard College student, you are welcome to explore Harvard Summer School and contact us with any questions.

Before applying, please note that:

  • Summer study does not waive your summer earnings expectation.
  • You must be receiving Harvard credit for the course or program.
  • Your loan is to be used solely for summer school and its associated costs. If you decide not to attend, please contact the Financial Aid Office to cancel the loan.

Advancing your degree date

Harvard College financial aid students are funded for up to eight semesters. If by attending summer school, you will spend seven semesters or fewer at the College, you may be eligible to have a portion of your loan for summer school forgiven. The amount of loan forgiveness is based on your level of need.

If you are advancing your degree date, please contact your financial aid officer upon entering your last semester of school.

You may want to read the Handbook for Students to better understand the potential costs associated with this.

Additional resources

Dedicated to Affordability

Families with incomes between $65,000 and $150,000 will typically contribute from 0-10% of their income.

Current Student Tip

Check out the new Shoestring Strategies Guide! The Harvard Financial Aid Initiative has just launched a handy mobile app with tips for living on a budget at Harvard College. It is produced entirely by Harvard students, for fellow students. Find the App at the Apple App Store or Android Marketplace (search “Harvard Shoestring”), or online.