Full payment of tuition and fees is required at the time of registration. If you register late, there is a $50 nonrefundable late fee. Online payment by credit or debit card is preferred. If the payment information you submit is incomplete or if payments are nonnegotiable, you will not be registered in your course(s).
We accept the following forms of payment. We do not offer an installment or deferred payment plan.
Credit or debit card
Harvard Extension School accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. If the credit card information you submit is incomplete or if the credit card payment is declined, you are not registered in your course(s). To avoid a delay in the registration process, you should use a credit or debit card without a daily charge or transaction limit and enter the billing address exactly as it appears on your credit card statement.
Harvard Extension School is not responsible for fluctuations in international exchange rates or interest charges due to the timing of credit or debit card charges or refunds.
Bank checks and money orders
The Extension School does not accept cash payments.
Students wishing to pay tuition and fees with cash may visit the Harvard University Employees Credit Union at 16 Dunster Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 to purchase, for $1, a money order or bank check. Money orders and bank checks are also accepted from any US bank.
Harvard Extension School accepts bank checks, money orders, personal checks, and company checks made payable to Harvard Extension School. Checks must be drawn on a US bank and include proper routing numbers. Any bank collection charges are your responsibility.
If you submit a check drawn on a bank account other than your own, you must include your name and the month and day of your birth on the check.
If your check is returned unpaid by your bank for insufficient funds, stopped payment, or account closure, you are assessed a $25 charge per returned check. Checks may be converted and processed using the Automated Clearing House (ACH) Network, under the rules governed by the National Automated Clearing House Association and the Federal Reserve Bank.
There are financial aid options for students admitted to degree programs and the Premedical Program (see Admitted Students), as well as limited funding opportunities for students who are taking courses but are not admitted to a program (see Nonadmitted Students).
Harvard University Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP)
Harvard’s Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP) makes it possible for University staff, faculty, part-time employees and retirees to take Extension School courses. See Harvard University Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP) for more information.
Veterans’ education benefits and active military tuition assistance
Veterans may be eligible to receive education benefits through the Veterans Administration. See Benefits for Veterans for more information. Active military service members may be eligible to receive TA. See Benefits for Active Military for more information.
Student account billing
As a student, you have an account that includes individual charges and credits for each term. Charges include tuition and other fees, such as registration and late fees, health insurance fees, and program fees, as applicable. Credits applied to your account may include a combination of payments, such as credit cards, personal checks, and financial aid. If you have an outstanding balance from a prior term, any payment is applied first to the oldest charges on your account.
If you register online, you receive a registration and payment confirmation by e-mail. If additional charges are applied to your account at a later date, an e-mail notification is sent to you stating that you have a balance due. The balance is due within 10 days of the date on the e-mail notification.
If you register using a paper registration form, be sure to log in to online services to view your course schedule from the Course Registration and Schedule menu. If additional charges are applied to your account at a later date, an e-mail notification is sent to you stating that you have a balance due. The balance is due within 10 days of the date on the e-mail notification.
Stopping payment on checks or credit cards
Stopping payment on checks or credit cards is not a valid method of dropping or withdrawing from your courses. If you stop payment on a check or credit card without following Extension School policies and procedures for dropping or withdrawing from your courses, you are responsible for all tuition and fees posted to your student account. Refer to Course Changes and Withdrawals.
Past due student accounts
Your account is considered past due if charges are not paid in full within 10 days of the date on your first e-mail notification showing a balance due. If your account is past due, you are notified by e-mail and offered an opportunity to complete your payment. If your account remains past due, you may be removed from your classes, and you remain responsible for all unpaid tuition and fees. You continue to receive e-mail notifications of a balance due until your balance is paid in full.
You are not eligible to register for any classes at the Extension School or the Harvard Summer School, or to receive an official transcript, until your account is paid in full. If you are a degree candidate, you must be in good financial standing with Harvard Extension School and Summer School, as well as Harvard University, before your degree will be conferred.
Returned check policy
- If your check is returned unpaid by your bank for insufficient funds, stopped payment, or account closure, Student Financial Services notifies you and allows you 10 days to make full payment by bank check, or money order.
- If full payment is not received within 10 days, you are removed from your course(s).
- You are responsible for all tuition and fees on your account.
- You are charged a $25 fee for any check returned unpaid for any reason.
- If your check is returned unpaid by your bank, for one year, you may only use bank checks or money orders as methods of payment to Harvard Summer School or Harvard Extension School.
- If you stop payment on a check, you are no longer eligible to pay by check.
Invalid credit cards and credit card chargebacks
- If you request a credit card chargeback or attempt to pay with an invalid card, you are removed from your course(s) immediately.
- If you use a credit card without the cardholder’s knowledge or permission, you are removed from your course(s) immediately, and you may face prosecution.
- If you use another’s credit card and the cardholder requests a credit card chargeback, you are removed from your courses immediately.
- You are responsible for all tuition and fees on your account.