COVID-19 FAQs

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The Faculty of Arts and Sciences has recently announced their plans for the upcoming academic year. We know that you may be concerned about how financial aid will work and what this will mean for you and your family. We will update this page as frequently as possible as the situation evolves in the coming weeks.

How Will Financial Aid Work?

We have two noteworthy changes:

COVID-19 Cost of Attendance for 20-21

Students studying on campus will have a standard on-campus budget including tuition and fees, room and board, etc. Students studying from home will not be charged normal room and board - their financial aid packages will instead reflect a remote learning budget. This budget includes a COVID-19 Remote Room and Board allowance of $5,000 per semester to help with their food and housing expenses.

Budget Types

As of now we know that first-year students will be invited to study on campus for the fall along with a group of returning students in special circumstances. Since we in the Financial Aid Office don't know yet which students will be on campus, we have started with the assumption that all returning students will be learning remotely (for both fall and spring) and the budgeted costs that you will see initially as part of your financial aid decision reflect a remote learning budget. First-year students who had already received their financial aid decisions earlier in the year will still see the original on-campus budgets.

As we learn which students will be on campus for the fall (and the spring), we will update financial aid decisions to reflect the different costs incurred to study on campus and off.

Student Term-Time Work Expectation

Due to the unique conditions students will be studying under next semester, all students receiving aid (regardless of whether they are learning on-campus or off) will also have their term-time work expectation for the fall (normally $1,750 per semester) reduced to $0 and replaced with Harvard grant. Returning students will see this reflected in the financial aid decisions released by July 17, and incoming students will have their financial aid packages adjusted in the coming weeks. While financial aid packages will show a work expectation of $0 for both semesters, this decision is currently for the fall term. This policy is subject to change for the spring term if the public health situation improves and more student work opportunities become available.

Going Forward

Although we will begin by assuming that the spring term is similarly remote, we are hopeful that this will change. We will adjust awards accordingly as the situation unfolds both based on individual student circumstances as well as for the College as a whole.

What Do I Need to Do?

Timeline

July 17

Financial aid decisions for returning students (who had complete financial aid applications by our deadline) will be posted to my.harvard.edu. Decisions will initially use a remote learning budget. (Late applications will continue to be reviewed and decisions posted to my.harvard on a rolling basis).

Rolling basis

As the College makes decisions about who will be on campus, we will update financial aid packages on my.harvard.

August 15

Payments to the termbill for the fall semester will be due.

FAQs

Budget

Work

My Bill

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Other Questions

The Griffin Financial Aid Office is here to help as you navigate the modifications to the upcoming academic year. If you cannot find the answers to your questions on this page, please contact our office. While our staff are working remotely, we are still available to help. Please email us at faoinfo@fas.harvard.edu with any questions or to schedule a call with a financial aid officer.