Payment Procedures

Payment Policy

Amount Due

Monthly Payment Plan

Payment Procedures

Late Payment of Term Bills

Information for Degree Candidates

Acceleration

Dishonored Payments

Information for Students Leaving the College

Payment Policy

Students are responsible for payment of their charges for tuition and fees. This responsibility includes reviewing your student account on my.harvard upon receipt of an account notification each month and making sure that payments are made by the due dates. Students must ensure that parents and others who make payments on their behalf are able to access the student account. Tuition and fees must be paid in full in order for students to enroll in classes each term. The College may deny enrollment to those students whose charges are not paid by the established deadlines. Payments for Commencement, and the November and March degree periods, must also be made by the designated due dates. No degree can be conferred until all indebtedness to the University is paid in full. Additional charges that may be added to the student account after degrees are conferred must also be paid in full.

Amount Due

The amount due includes all charges on your student account on my.harvard that have not been paid, and are not being covered by Anticipated Aid. Email notifications are sent when new charges are added to the account, or when charges are due within the next two weeks. Charges for the fall term are added to the student account in July with a payment due date in mid-August. Spring term charges are added to the account in December and due in January. Upon receipt of the first account notification, students are expected to review the transactions and set up parents and all others (besides sponsors) who need access to the account as delegates. Once set up, delegates will also receive account notifications. More detailed information is available at the Student Accounts Office website or by calling 617-495-2739. 

Monthly Payment Plan

The University offers a monthly payment plan that allows eligible students to pay tuition and required fees in four monthly installments each term. Under this plan, fall term installments are due in August, September, October, and November. Spring term installments are due in January, February, March, and April. There is a $35 charge per term for use of this plan.

Any balance due from a prior term must be paid in full before students can enroll in the payment plan. Once enrolled, payment plan installments must be paid by the due date each month. Students who do not pay their installments on time may not be permitted to continue to use the payment plan.

You can enroll in the monthly payment plan on my.harvard from your student account. For more information on the payment plan go to the Students Account website.

Payment Procedures

Detailed information about accepted forms of payment can be found at the Student Accounts website. All payments must be made in US currency and electronic payments must be drawn from US banks. We encourage you to make an e-payment from your student account whenever possible, as it will be applied to your account immediately. Checks made payable to Harvard University can be delivered or mailed to the Student Accounts Office at 953 Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138. To ensure that all payments are properly credited, checks should always reference the student HUID.

E-payments - E-payment from the student account is the fastest and preferred way to make a payment. You can make an e-payment from a U.S. checking or savings account by logging into your student account and choosing the Pay Now link below your Amount Due. You will need the account number and bank routing number of your account to make the payment. You can also set up a payment profile to store your account information for future use. In order for parents or others to make e-payments, you must set them up as delegate here.

Foreign wire payments - Harvard University contracts with both Western Union and Flywire to provide international students with a convenient way to pay their student account charges by wire transfer. Each company offers various payment methods, a wide range of international currency options, competitive exchange rates, and the convenience of paying through a local bank. There are no transaction fees from Harvard University's bank, though your bank may charge a fee.

To make an international wire transfer through Western Union, click here.

To make a transfer through Flywire, click here.

 

Domestic Wires

Western Union has been contracted to expedite the process of student domestic wire transfers directly to Harvard. By using Western Union, Harvard can track your payment and make sure it gets posted directly to your account after the University receives it. To make a domestic wire transfer, click here.

Please note that although wires are sometimes subject to fees, neither Harvard University nor its bank charges for the receipt of wire transfers. International wires are subject to a fee from an intermediary bank between the sending and the receiving banks. Please check with your bank to determine what fees may apply to your wire transfer and be sure to adjust the amount of your transfer accordingly.

Late Payment of Tuition and Fees

Charges for tuition and fees must be paid in full by the due dates indicated on the student account. Any student whose indebtedness to the University remains unpaid after the designated payment due dates may be deprived of the privileges of the University. Reinstatement is possible only after all charges have been paid and consent of the Dean is obtained.

Additionally, Students who leave the University with an amount due on their student account and who fail to make acceptable payment arrangements to bring their account current, may be referred to a collection agency. It is further understood that students may be responsible for paying a collection agency fee, which may be based on a percentage at a maximum of 40% percent of their delinquent balance, plus all costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, necessary for the collection of their delinquent account. Finally it is understood that their delinquent account may be reported to one or more of the national credit bureaus.

Information for Degree Candidates

Students who have applied for graduation must pay any outstanding amount due to the University by the designated due date in order for degrees to be conferred. Additional charges that may be added to the student account after degrees are conferred must also be paid in full.

Acceleration

Students who have completed degree requirements in fewer terms than the number required had they worked at an average rate of 16 credits (4 courses per term, 4 credits per course) may petition the Resident Dean for waiver of the residence requirement. If the petition is granted, the student will be charged extra course fees for each course taken above the normal rate of four. Such courses will be calculated at one-fourth the full tuition rate in effect during the term in which the final course work for the degree was completed. (See also Residence Requirement, Rate of Work, and Study Abroad.)

An accelerated degree program has serious and sometimes complex academic and financial implications. Students should have a discussion with their Resident Dean before undertaking such a plan.

Dishonored Payments

A $25 fee is assessed for payments returned by Harvard University's bank. A payment is returned unpaid by the bank due to insufficient funds, no bank account being found, or because it has been stopped by the payer. After the initial return, the University may also require that future payments be made by certified check or money order. 

Information for Students Leaving the College

Students who leave the College for any reason must pay all due charges on their student account. Students who leave during the academic year are charged tuition and the Student Services fee to the end of the period in which they leave; room rent and board charges are calculated on a daily basis (see Students’ Financial Obligations in the Event of a Leave of Absence or Requirement to Withdraw).

The chart does not include any charges for the Harvard University Student Health Insurance Program. Separate policies apply to these fees; additional information regarding changes for Student Health Services fee or Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance can be found at www.hushp.harvard.edu. Room rent charges continue to the day the student leaves College residence. Full-board charges will continue to the day the student submits the proper paperwork to their House office or the Dean of Students Office. The room key must also be returned to the House Office or building manager’s office.

The fee schedule also applies to those students who move off-campus during the academic year; however, the complete Student Services Fee continues to be assessed. For those students who do not fall into the category of a leave of absence, requirement to withdraw, or move off-campus but who are absent from Cambridge for whatever reason, room and board charges continue to be assessed through the end of term.