Financial Aid

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
Theater

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.

JEREMY LIN
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.

College

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
College

Graduation, for a Price

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

Construction Skyline
College

6,700 and Not Counting

As Harvard approaches the opening of a new campus in Allston, some administrators are weighing in on whether Harvard should expand its undergraduate population.

Harvard vs. Stanford Yield Rates
College

80 Percent of Class of 2020 Admits Plan to Matriculate

About 80 percent of the students admitted to the Class of 2020 plan to matriculate in the fall—a yield rate comparable to that for the Class of 2019—after Harvard saw a record high number of applicants and a historic low percent acceptance.

College

Brazilian Billionaire Funds Financial Aid

The Lemann Foundation, a philanthropic organization created by Brazilian billionaire Jorge P. Lemann ’61, will give additional financial aid money to Harvard students from Brazil.

Admissions Numbers Graph
College

Harvard Accepts Record-Low 5.2 Percent of Applicants for Class of 2020

Harvard admitted a record-low 5.2 percent of applicants to the College’s Class of 2020, accepting 2,037 total students from a pool of more than 39,000 applicants and continuing a general decline in its admissions rate.

FAS

EdX Inaugurates Financial Aid Program

The virtual education platform co-founded by Harvard and MIT now allows financially disadvantaged students to receive a 90-percent discount on course certificates.

Editorials

Starting Up College

We are excited by this change and see it as an innovative way to make students from low-income families feel more comfortable as they adjust to campus.