Scholarships

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

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarships

The Extension School awards a limited number of PTK Scholarships to community college graduates who wish to join the Bachelor of Liberal Arts Program. You are eligible to apply if you are a PTK member who, as a US citizen or eligible non-citizen, can qualify for financial aid and has earned an associate's degree with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

For more information or questions about the application process, please call the Admissions Office at (617) 998-8111.

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, typically who studied the liberal arts. The scholarship covers the tuition for the three undergraduate admission courses required for admission to the ALB 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 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.

To apply for a Lowell Students Scholarship: You must register for a course online, pay in full, and send both the Lowell Student Scholarship form and your recent transcript to Attention: Enrollment Services, at 51 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Applications must be received by August 15 for Fall and January 9 for Spring in order to receive the scholarship. Payment of 50 percent of the course tuition is due by the payment deadline.

The Lowell Student Scholarship may not be used for graduate level courses, or those in the subject of management (MGMT).

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

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.