Harvard University is one of the leaders in providing need based financial aid packages. Along with several other Ivy League universities, Harvard has moved towards a need-blind admissions procedure. This basically means that students are admitted without regard for their ability to pay, rather they are admitted based solely on their qualifications. As such, students who show a high level of financial need are automatically offered a financial aid package that will cover the cost of attending Harvard University. In general, these packages cover the complete cost of attending college for students who come from families that earn less than $65,000 per year. Additional information about need-based financial aid is available at this link.
If your family earns more than amount needed to qualify for the need-based financial aid, Harvard University offers a number of other scholarships. Some of these awards are university-wide scholarships, some are department level awards, and some awards are given out based solely on academic merit. Check out the list below for some of the scholarships that are available:
Harvard T.H. Chan Presidential Scholarships: Any student who is admitted to Harvard and who completes a financial aid application for the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health by the priority application deadline is automatically considered for this scholarship. This award is geared towards graduate students who demonstrate financial need and exceptional academic abilities. Students must intend to enroll in one of the following programs, at the master’s or doctoral level: Society, Human Development and Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Global Health and Population, or Environmental Health. The scholarships are geared towards students who come from underserved backgrounds, particularly those who are coming from other countries. Additional information about this scholarship can be found here.
Academic Department and Programs Scholarships: Many individual departments and programs receive their own funding allocation and have the opportunity to direct these awards. Thus, students are highly encouraged to check with the program or department where they intend to study, to inquire about potential funding opportunities. The majority of departments use information that students provide on their Office of Financial Aid Scholarship application. Thus, it is recommended that students complete the Office of Financial Aid form as early as possible in their application process. The contact information for each of the different departments can be found at this website. It should be noted that the amount of these scholarships varies greatly from department to department.
University-Wide Scholarships: These scholarships are available through the Committee on General Scholarships. Students who are coming from other countries and students who hail from the U.S. are both eligible to be considered for these awards. Some of these scholarships require that students apply directly through the Committee on General Scholarships while others have separate applications. Scholarships that require a separate application provide additional information when the applicant clicks on the name of the scholarship. The amount of these awards also vary greatly. Additional information about each of the scholarships available, along with their eligibility requirements, can be found here.