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Please note the information on this page is related to the 2020-21 academic year. Visit Our Path Forward to view the latest updates on Harvard's campus re-opening plans.
As of December 1, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences announced their plans for the Spring 2021 semester. We know that you may have questions about how financial aid will work and what this will mean for you and your family, and we want to assure you that we are here to help.
How Will Financial Aid Work?
Financial aid will continue with the same adaptations that were introduced for the fall semester:
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.
As of now we know that seniors will be given first priority to study on campus for the spring semester. In addition, several other groups of students will be given housing priority (see FAS Spring 2021 announcement for full details).
Since we in the Financial Aid Office do not yet know exactly which students will be on campus, your current aid award will reflect your previous semester’s location (remote or on campus). Once we have confirmation of students’ learning locations from Residential Life, then we can begin to adjust your financial aid award accordingly. We expect to begin adjusting financial aid awards in early January and complete them by mid-January.
Student Term-Time Work Expectation
Due to the unique conditions students will be studying under during 2020-21, all students receiving aid (regardless of whether they are learning on-campus or off) have had their term-time work expectation for the year (normally $1,750 per semester) reduced to $0 and replaced with Harvard grant.
We will adjust awards in early January once we have confirmation about which students will be on and off campus.
What Do I Need to Do?
Bills will be sent out by the Student Accounts Office on December 10. Initial charges and credits will not take into account your spring housing decision (since those decisions will not be made until after December 14).
After December 14, when the Spring Term Confirmation Form is due, the College will make decisions about which students will be invited to study on campus for the spring. Students who are invited to return are required to complete the Housing Intention Form no later than January 4. Financial aid awards will be updated on a rolling basis during the first weeks of January, after we confirm students' remote/on campus location.
We anticipate that changes to financial aid packages will be complete by this date, and payments to the termbill for the spring semester will be due.
The Griffin Financial Aid Office is here to help as you navigate the modifications to the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to schedule a call with a financial aid officer.