Financial Aid

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Financial Aid Spending Continues to Grow

Harvard awarded students a total of nearly $414 million in financial aid in fiscal year 2017, a roughly 4 percent increase from the previous year.

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
Financial Aid

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Harvard’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid lies on Brattle Street.


Half the Battle: First-Generation Students at Harvard

First-generation students are navigating uncharted territory. As the first in their immediate families to pursue education at a four-year college or university, they have to surmount all the usual challenges of Harvard. But they face an additional hurdle: their parents can’t give them advice on surviving college.

Harvard Business School
Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School

The facade of Harvard Business School’s Baker Library.

Harvard Business School
Harvard Business School

Business School Expands Financial Aid Opportunities

Aiming to support more students from lower-income backgrounds, Harvard Business School will launch several scholarships targeted at first-generation college students.

Cost of Enrollment, 2017-2018

Cost of Enrollment Rises 4.1 Percent, Marks Largest Increase in Decade

The cost of attending Harvard College will be $65,609 in the 2017-2018 academic year, representing a 4.10 percent increase from last year.

Admissions Office
Student Life

Median Family Income for Harvard Undergrads Triple National Average, Study Finds

The median family income for Harvard undergraduates is $168,800—more than three times the national median, according to a recent study​.

The Oberon

After 'Failing' Debt Grade from Federal Gov., Harvard's A.R.T. Institute Freezes Admissions

After receiving a “failing” grade from the U.S. Department of Education for saddling students with high levels of debt, Harvard’s graduate dramaturgy program has frozen its admissions for fall 2017.

Men's Basketball

NBA Star Jeremy Lin ’10 Donates $1 Million for Financial Aid, Basketball Arena

Brooklyn Nets point guard and alumnus Jeremy Lin ’10 will donate $1 million to Harvard to help fund undergraduate financial aid and ongoing renovations of Harvard’s basketball arena, the University announced Wednesday.

Celebration of Zaha Hadid
Graduate School of Design

Design School Honors Late Iraqi Architect Through Scholarship

​At an event celebrating the accomplishments of the late Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, the Graduate School of Design unveiled a new scholarship to provide financial assistance to Middle Eastern students.


Nearly 20 Percent of Freshmen Received Financial Aid 'Startup' Grants

Eligible freshmen will receive $2,000 in “startup” grants over the course of the year from the Financial Aid Office, as part of a three-year pilot program.

Student Groups

To Diversify Membership, FOP Pilots New Program

​Harvard’s First Year Outdoor Program piloted a less intensive week-long trip this summer intended to encourage more minority students to participate in the popular freshman orientation program—part of a larger effort to address ongoing issues with diversity.

Student Life

Financial Aid Office Updates Shoestring Strategies App

Shoestring Strategies for Life @ Harvard now includes a centralized calendar and section on health and wellness in a bid to further support students once they matriculate.

Financial Aid

First-Generation Alumnus Donates $25 Million to Harvard for Financial Aid, Hockey Program

Barakett’s donation endows Harvard’s new “start up” grants—$2,000 stipends that the College will provide starting next fall for students from low-income backgrounds in addition to their existing financial aid package.

Affording Commencement

Graduation, for a Price

Though aid exists, some students still struggle to foot the bill for Commencement.