Scholarships and Grants

Harvard Extension School Grant

Harvard Extension School provides grant funding for admitted degree candidates in good academic standing. Recipients are chosen on the basis of financial need. To be considered, candidates must submit their application materials by the priority deadline.

Grants are offered to eligible candidates until funds are exhausted, and generally cover up to:

  • Half the total tuition per term for undergraduate candidates
  • Half the total tuition per term for graduate candidates

Harvard Extension School Grant for the Premedical Program

Harvard Extension School offers grant funding for admitted premedical candidates who have completed a minimum of two premedical courses and maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher. To be considered, candidates must have met the priority deadline and demonstrate financial need. These grants generally cover up to two courses per year for a limited number of premedical candidates.

Harvard Extension School Summer Scholarship

Harvard Extension School provides scholarship funding to assist admitted candidates in good academic standing with Harvard Summer School courses and costs. Scholarships cover up to the cost of tuition for one 4-credit course. To apply, complete and submit all required financial aid application materials, including the Summer Enrollment Plan for Financial Aid form. Preference is given to students who submit a complete application by the priority deadline of March 1.

Recipients are chosen based on financial need and academic merit at Harvard Extension School until funds are exhausted. Priority is given to:

  • Undergraduate candidates with cumulative grade-point averages (GPAs) of 3.0 or higher
  • Graduate candidates with cumulative GPAs of 3.5 or higher
  • Premedical candidates with cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or higher

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Special Student Scholarship

Bachelor of Liberal Arts candidates who have been admitted as Special Students to Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) may apply for a Special Student Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded by the Extension School and cover tuition for one undergraduate course in a term. The course must be applicable to a candidate’s field of study at the Extension School and unavailable within the Extension School curriculum.

To be considered, complete and submit all required financial aid application materials and the supplemental FAS Special Student Scholarship application by the priority deadline for fall or spring. Recipients are chosen on the basis of financial need and academic merit. Scholarship applicants must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.33 or higher.

See important information about enrollment status for Special Students in Registering with Anticipated Aid.

Kwan Fong Scholarship

The Kwan Fong Scholarship is awarded each fall and spring term to one management program candidate to cover tuition for one course. You are considered for this scholarship only after you have completed and submitted all required financial aid application materials.

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are available to undergraduate degree candidates with the lowest expected family contributions (EFC). The expected family contribution is calculated by the US Department of Education, based on the data submitted on the FAFSA. Pell Grant awards range from $581 to $5,775 per year depending on expected family contribution and enrollment status.

Pell Grants are awarded to:

  • Full-time undergraduate degree candidates with EFCs of 5,198 or less
  • Three-quarter time undergraduate degree candidates with EFCs of 5,000 or less
  • Half-time undergraduate degree candidates with EFCs of 4,600 or less
  • Less than half-time undergraduate degree candidates with EFCs of 3,500 or less

Students may only receive the Pell Grant for a maximum of six years of full-time enrollment, or its equivalent (for example, 12 years of half-time enrollment).

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

Candidates in the Graduate Program in Mathematics for Teaching who intend to teach full time in a high-need field at a public or private elementary or secondary school that is designated as a low-income school, may qualify for the TEACH Grant.

As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study. If you fail to complete this service obligation, the TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan.

The TEACH Grant provides up to $4,000 per academic year for full-time students (the amount will be less for part-time students) with an aggregate limit of $8,000.

If you are interested in applying for the TEACH Grant, you are encouraged to review the TEACH Grant Fact Sheet, then contact Katie Kelsall at kelsall@dcemail.harvard.edu for more information.

State funds

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts funds programs that provide financial assistance to residents who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant. To qualify for funding, you must:

  • Indicate your residency status on the FAFSA
  • Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts
  • Be an admitted candidate in the Associate in Arts or Bachelor of Liberal Arts Program

To be considered for the MASSGrant, your FAFSA must have been received by the FAFSA processor no later than May 1 for the upcoming academic year.

If you are a full-time candidate enrolled in at least 16 credits per term, you may be eligible for the MASSGrant. If you are a part-time candidate enrolled in at least 8 but no more than 14 credits per term, you may be eligible for the Massachusetts Part-Time Grant.

Rhode Island

To be considered for the Rhode Island state scholarship, your FAFSA must have been received by the FAFSA processor no later than March 1 for the upcoming academic year.

Other states

If you are not a resident of Massachusetts or Rhode Island, you may be eligible for funding through your home state. A partial listing of deadlines is on the FAFSA website. Contact information for state financial aid agencies is available from Student Financial Services.

Lowell Scholarships

Lowell Scholarships enable middle- and high-school teachers, as well as 10th, 11th, and 12th grade high-school students in Boston-area schools to take one Extension School course per term (fall and spring) at half the regular tuition rate (for undergraduate or graduate credit only). The number of scholarships is limited, so teachers and students should apply early in the registration period. Scholarships cannot be used for January session or summer courses.

Lowell Teachers Scholarship

To apply, submit the following with the course registration form:

The scholarship form must be signed by the school principal and must include the principal’s phone number.

Lowell Scholarships cannot be used for internships, independent studies, practicums, master’s theses, or capstone projects, nor can they be combined with any other scholarships. For more information, call (617) 495-4293.

Lowell Students Scholarship

To apply, register for a course online, pay in full, and send both the Lowell Student Scholarship form and your recent transcript to Attention: Jason Smith, 51 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. You will receive a refund if your scholarship is approved. See Refunds for more information.

If you prefer to register with the course registration form, send it along with 50 percent of the course tuition, the $50 nonrefundable registration fee, the Lowell Student Scholarship form, and your recent transcript to Attention: Jason Smith, 51 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

If you have already registered for a course and are a scholarship recipient who has paid in full, you will receive a refund once the scholarship funds have been applied to your student account. See Refunds for more information.

If you have questions, please call Enrollment Services, (617) 495-4024.

Leonard J. Russell Scholarships

The Leonard J. Russell Scholarship covers tuition for one Graduate Program in Management course for up to three City of Cambridge employees each term. Interested Cambridge employees may download an application and submit it to Student Financial Services at 51 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

The deadline to submit an application for the fall 2016 term has been extended to Friday, July 15, 2016.