One of the University's official pamphlets worth knowing is a little white one titled "Expenses and Financial Aids in Harvard College." For entering students who may not have seen it already, the following analysis of its salients may be of service.
Part One deals with expenses. Low for total expenses, including personal and the four basic charges of tuition, lodging, board, and health, is quoted at $1000, average at $1295. College bills, known as term-bills, are payable in five installments, due at registration, the end of November, the end of January, the end of April, and July 10.
Part Two takes up aids in meeting expenses. "There are three types of financial assistance available to students." These are 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, and Prizes; 2, Beneficiary and Loan Funds; and 3, Student Employment.
Group 1. With the exception of a few for the second half-year most of the scholarships and fellowships are awarded for each year during the preceding Summer. In the case of prizes, carrying a stipend for academic achievement, competitions are conducted each year. The financial need of competitors is not a factor in awarding them.
Group 2. Ordinarily Freshmen and transfer students are not granted loan funds. In exceptional cases applications from such students will be considered, but only after their mid-year records are complete. Loan assignments will be made by the Committee on Scholarships during the week preceding the date on which the term-bill falls due.
Group 3. The University conducts a Student Employment Office in Room L, University Hall, to find work for those students who must earn part of their expenses. This service is furnished without cost either to students or employers. Men from all departments of the University may register. The Office acts as a clearing house, endeavoring to fill the jobs which come to it from a variety of sources and to discover new opportunities for part-time and summer work. Because opportunities are limited, students should not count upon earning more than $300 during the term.
Among jobs within the University, open only to resident Freshmen are approximately 40 posts as waiters in the Freshman dining hall. Open to all students are 16 daily and 30 Sunday positions in the University Chapel Choir.
The College Library offers a small number of part-time positions. The Athletic Association hires a few men for certain jobs. Students may earn a small amount as proctors and monitors in many of the larger courses where attendance is taken. The Psychological Clinic and the Psychological Laboratory employ several students as subjects for various experiments. Students may earn money as licensed solicitors.
In the Stadium professional concessionaires employ student aid. Proficient student typists work for the University typing bureau, and finally within the University, men are occasionally hired for manual and other labor, such as snow disposal, etc.
Also Harvard has been able to place students in jobs outside the University where there is a demand.