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Cost of Attendance

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Tuition and Expenses

We understand that a private college education is a significant undertaking for any family, and our goal is to make sure it remains manageable for you. To that end, we offer need-based aid and financing plans for families at all income levels—in fact, approximately 70 percent of Harvard students receive some form of financial aid.

This fact sheet outlines the full cost of a Harvard education, before accounting for financial aid or other awards. If you are eligible for aid, you may also receive an additional standard allowance for travel and personal expenses.

Cost Attendance


2016-2017 2015-2016
Tuition $43,280 $41,632
Fees $3,794 $3,646
Room $9,894 $9,523
Board $6,057 $5,858
Subtotal - billed costs $63,025 $60,659
Estimated personal expenses (including $800-$1,200 for books) $3,875 $3,741
Estimated travel costs $0 - $5,200 $0 - $5,200
Total billed and unbilled costs $66,900 - $72,100 $64,400 - $69,600
* In addition, health insurance is required at a cost of $2,630 (for 2016-17) unless you are covered under your family’s health plan.


Facts About Financial Aid


Amount that parents making less than $65,000 are expected to contribute.

Ninety percent of American families would pay the same or less to send their children to Harvard as they would a state school.

Dedicated to Affordability

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


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