Scholarships

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) 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.

For more information or questions about the application process, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@extension.harvard.edu.

Awards are based on the following:

  1. Financial need
  2. Interviews
  3. Past academic performance
  4. Scholarship application essays
  5. Results of the critical reading and writing (CRWS) test

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

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

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

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 Students Scholarship: You must register for a course online and send the Lowell Student Scholarship form, your high school transcript, and a letter of recommendation from a teacher/counselor to: Office of Enrollment Services, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University, 51 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Alternatively, all application documents can be emailed to the Enrollment Services office at inquiry@extension.harvard.edu. Payment of 50 percent of the course tuition is due by the payment deadline.

Deadlines: Applications must be received by August 15 for Fall and January 9 for Spring in order to be considered for the scholarship. Applications postmarked by the deadline, or received after the deadline has passed, will not be considered for the scholarship.

More detailed information about the Lowell Students Scholarship can be found on page 1 of the Lowell Student Scholarship Form. Please review all of the information on this page prior to submitting your scholarship application.

The Lowell Student Scholarship may not be used for January or summer term courses, graduate-level courses, or Management courses.

Questions? Please call the Office of Enrollment Services at (617) 495-4024, or send an email to inquiry@extension.harvard.edu.

Poetry in America Teachers Scholarship

Poetry in America (PiA) Teachers Scholarships enable high school teachers to take one of the spring 2020 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: 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 9
  4. Submit the scholarship application form, signed by your school’s principal, before January 9. 

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 inquiry@extension.harvard.edu.

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, 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 at 51 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.