Extra Transfer Term

The system by which intercollegiate transfer students receive credit for work done at their previous colleges may underestimate the amount of time a student needs at Harvard to complete a sound and appropriate program for the degree. Therefore, to meet specific degree requirements, transfer students may petition the Administrative Board for an “extra transfer term” in addition to the allotted number of terms they were granted on admission. Transfer students are eligible for only one extra transfer term.

Students granted an extra transfer term:

  • enroll and pay at the sixteen credit (4 courses per term, 4 credits per course) rate;
  • must fulfill an additional General Education requirement with the exception that junior transfers who remain for a fifth term do not need to take a fifth General Education course;
  • are entitled to housing in the College, provided they have not already lived in College housing for six terms, in which case they may apply for housing on a space-available basis; and,
  • may apply for financial aid to help defray the costs of the extra transfer term.

If transfer students need no more than two additional courses to complete their academic programs, they may petition for an additional term. Students may petition for an additional term following an extra transfer term (above), or without having completed an extra transfer term. Since these students do not enroll in more than two courses, they do not incur an additional General Education requirement. They are, however, subject to all the usual “additional term” provisions.