Scholarships and Grants

Harvard Extension School Grant

Harvard Extension School provides grant funding for admitted degree candidates based on the following criteria:

Grants are offered to eligible candidates to cover a portion of tuition charges based on expected family contribution and enrollment status per term.

Extension School Grant funds can be applied to tuition only. If you are receiving outside financial assistance that covers your tuition charges, your grant eligibility may be impacted.

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.

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 or finance 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 award amounts vary depending on your calculated EFC and enrollment status per semester.

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).

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 school and high school teachers 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 should apply early in the registration period. Scholarships cannot be used for January session or summer courses. 

Lowell Scholarships are also available for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade high school students in Boston-area schools. For more information on Lowell Student Scholarships, please visit our financial aid page for non-admitted students

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.

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 by the appropriate deadline