Limited scholarship funds are available for nonadmitted students at Harvard Extension School.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarships

Harvard Extension School awards a limited number of PTK Scholarships to community college graduates who are PTK members and wish to join the Bachelor of Liberal Arts (ALB) degree program. You are eligible to apply if, as a PTK member, you are also a US citizen or eligible non-citizen, can qualify for financial aid, and have earned your associate's degree with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. Further, you must meet the initial admission eligibility requirements for the ALB degree, including the expectation that your high school diploma or its equivalent must have been earned at least five years prior to enrolling in any ALB degree-applicable courses.

Awards are based on the following:

  1. Financial need
  2. Interviews
  3. Past academic performance
  4. Scholarship application essays
  5. Results of the HES Test of Critical Reading and Writing Skills (CRWS)

Preference is given to associate's degree graduates who primarily studied the liberal arts. The scholarship covers tuition for the three undergraduate degree courses required for admission to the ALB degree program.

To apply for a PTK Scholarship, complete the following by June 15 for fall term enrollment and October 1 for spring term enrollment:

Student Financial Services may ask you to submit additional supporting documentation (e.g., proof of citizenship or verification worksheet) before your scholarship application is considered complete. Student Financial Services will contact you directly if additional documents are required.

If you are a scholarship recipient and you do not complete the admission courses in the initial award year, you must submit a new financial aid application to receive the remaining PTK scholarship funds for a subsequent academic year.

Email the Admissions Office at for more information.

Lowell Scholarships

Lowell Scholarships enable middle- and high-school teachers, as well as 10th, 11th, 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. 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.

To apply for a Lowell Teachers Scholarship, submit the following:

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.

To apply for a Lowell Student Scholarship, please review all of the information noted below:

Applications for the spring term Lowell Student Scholarship have now closed. Please check back in late July for more information about how to apply for the fall term Lowell Student Scholarship.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Lowell Student Scholarship, please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at (617) 495-4024 or via email at Our office hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Poetry in America Teachers Scholarship

Poetry in America (PiA) Teachers Scholarships enable middle and high school teachers to take one of the spring 2021 PiA courses (listed below) for a reduced tuition cost of $250. The number of scholarships is limited. Teachers should apply early in the registration period. Scholarships may not be used for other courses.

Eligible PiA courses:

  • ENGL E-182M Poetry in America: From the Civil War through Modernism
  • ENGL E-300 Poetry in America for Teachers: The City from Whitman to Hip Hop
  • ENGL E-305 Poetry in America for Teachers: Earth, Sea, Sky 

To apply for a PiA Teachers Scholarship, complete the following:

  1. Create a student account in online services
  2. Register for your course online
  3. Pay $250 before January 4, 2021
  4. Submit the scholarship application form, signed by your school’s principal, before January 4. Please note that if you are unable to obtain a signature from your school's principal, you may submit an email from your principal providing the required information. Please forward your principal’s email along with the application form.

For more information, call (617) 495-4293.

Community Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available for Cambridge Rindge and Latin students, Cambridge city employees, and Allston-Brighton residents. Scholarships cannot be used for January session courses.

Cambridge Rindge and Latin students. A limited number of tuition scholarships are awarded to eligible 12th grade students at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. For information please contact Enrollment Services at (617) 495-4024 or

Allston-Brighton residents. The Allston-Brighton Community Scholarships cover tuition for any course taken for noncredit, undergraduate, or graduate credit by residents of Allston and Brighton. Five scholars are chosen each term by the Allston Civic Association. For information about these scholarships, please visit the Harvard Ed Portal.

For information about these scholarships, call the Honan Library, the Allston branch of the Boston Public Library, (617) 787-6313.

Cambridge city employees. 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 before January 4, 2021