Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts


Costs to Attend Harvard University

Are you interested in applying to Harvard University yet wondering how much it costs or if you can afford to attend? Use our comprehensive price data and loan calculation tools to assist in determining if this school makes financial sense for you and your intended major of study.

Annual Cost

  • Total One Academic Year Cost
  • All Residents: $54,596
  • Cost Itemization
  • Tution for all Residents: $37,576
  • Room and Board or estimated off campus living expense: $13,630
  • Books and Supplies: $1,000
  • Other Fees: $2,390

The cost per year to attend Harvard University is $54,596 for the 2012/2013 academic year. How much may your student loan payments be and can you afford to attend? If you are interested in learning more, request additional information to be sent to you from Harvard University

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2012-2013 and 2011-2012 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2012-2013 and 2011-2012 academic years. Please consult the school directly for the most up to date price information.

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Estimated 4 Year Cost at Current Tuition

At current published tuition rates, the estimated total tuition and living expense cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree at Harvard University is $218,384 for students graduating in normal time. Our methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a multiple of the most recent reported annual cost and does not factor in tuition increases.

  • 4 Year Total Cost (tuition and living expenses): $218,384

Estimated Cost Per Semester

  • Massachusetts Residents Total Cost Per Semester: $27,298

Average Net Price and Financial Aid

  • Average Annual Net Price: $18,277*
  • Estimated Average 4 Year Degree Cost: $73,108**
  • Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid: 47%
  • Average Annual Total Grant Aid Amount: $34,482
  • Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants: 11%
  • Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid: $4,222
  • Percent of Students Receiving Federal Student Loans: 3%
  • Average Amount of Federal Student Loan Aid: $4,779

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2011-2012 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2011-2012 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Harvard University is a not for profit institution.

Example Student Loan Payments and Costs

How much are estimated student loan payments for Harvard University? Below are the costs for an example student loan if you borrowed $73,108, our estimated average net price for a four year degree. Note that this calculation assumes you are part of the reported 47% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $18,277. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments may be significantly higher than this example. Use our Harvard University student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

  • Monthly Payment: $735.33
  • Amount Borrowed: $73,108.00
  • Interest Rate: 3.9%
  • Term: 10 years
  • Number of Monthly Payments: 120
  • Total Interest Cost: $15,131.40
  • Total of All Payments of 10 years: $88,239.40

Loan Affordability & Salary

Can I afford to attend Harvard University? To keep student loan payments affordable, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income. When planning how to afford Harvard University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using these parameters, a salary of $88,239.40 is recommended to afford a $735.33 monthly payment in the example loan modeled above. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Harvard University in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $33,709 to $39,851. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.6%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you can expect to pay for a 4 year degree at this school assuming tuition increases along at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current 4 year cost of $218,384.00. Use our college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Harvard University.

  • Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2019 - Annual: $75,082, 4 Year Degree: $300,329
  • Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2024 - Annual: $95,826, 4 Year Degree: $383,304
  • Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2029 - Annual: $122,301, 4 Year Degree: $489,204
  • Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2032 - Annual: $141,579, 4 Year Degree: $566,315

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost Per Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Harvard University are as follows.

  • Price per credit hour: $4,538
  • Cost for one class (3 credit hours): $13,614
  • Cost for one class (4 credit hours): $18,152

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Tuition History

What was tuition at Harvard University for the past five, ten, fifteen or twenty years? Looking at historical tuition increase rates may provide an indication as to expected increases in the future. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

  • 2010 - $37,012 Tuition and Fees. 2.3% Annual Increase
  • 2009 - $36,173 Tuition and Fees. 3.4% Annual Increase
  • 2008 - $34,998 Tuition and Fees. 3.8% Annual Increase
  • 2007 - $33,709 Tuition and Fees. 5% Annual Increase
  • 2006 - $32,097 Tuition and Fees. 4.8% Annual Increase
  • 2005 - $30,620 Tuition and Fees. 5.4% Annual Increase
  • 2004 - $29,060 Tuition and Fees. 5.9% Annual Increase
  • 2003 - $27,448 Tuition and Fees. 5.5% Annual Increase
  • 2002 - $26,019 Tuition and Fees. 3.5% Annual Increase
  • 2001 - $25,128 Tuition and Fees. 3% Annual Increase
  • 2000 - $24,407 Tuition and Fees. 10.8% Annual Increase
  • 1999 - $22,028 Tuition and Fees. 3.6% Annual Increase
  • 1998 - $21,266 Tuition and Fees. 4.1% Annual Increase
  • 1997 - $20,424 Tuition and Fees. 4.9% Annual Increase
  • 1996 - $19,472 Tuition and Fees. 5.3% Annual Increase
  • 1995 - $18,485 Tuition and Fees. 5.8% Annual Increase
  • 1994 - $17,470 Tuition and Fees. 6.2% Annual Increase
  • 1993 - $16,454 Tuition and Fees. 6.8% Annual Increase
  • 1992 - $15,410 Tuition and Fees. 6.6% Annual Increase
  • 1991 - $14,450 Tuition and Fees. 6.7% Annual Increase
  • 1990 - $13,545 Tuition and Fees. 6.5% Annual Increase
  • 1989 - $12,715 Tuition and Fees. 5.8% Annual Increase
  • 1988 - $12,015 Tuition and Fees. 5.5% Annual Increase
  • 1987 - $11,390 Tuition and Fees.

Cost for Popular Majors

Below are the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Harvard University ranked by degrees conferred during the 2010/2011 academic year along with their estimated total program cost. Please consult the school's website for further information as actual costs for specific program may vary. Price estimates assume graduation in normal time. Our methodology for estimating these costs is a two or four year multiple of the current one year tuition and living cost of $54,596. Associates degrees are assumed to be completed in two years and bachelors degrees are assumed to take four years.

Area of Study Graduates Estimated Degree + Living Expense Cost
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 209 $218,384
4 year cost
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 93 $218,384
4 year cost
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 86 $218,384
4 year cost
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 81 $218,384
4 year cost
Evolutionary Biology Bachelor's Degree 74 $218,384
4 year cost
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree 63 $218,384
4 year cost
Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 59 $218,384
4 year cost
History, Other Bachelor's Degree 58 $218,384
4 year cost
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Bachelor's Degree 47 $218,384
4 year cost
Engineering Science Bachelor's Degree 38 $218,384
4 year cost
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 36 $218,384
4 year cost
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 34 $218,384
4 year cost
Visual and Performing Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 26 $218,384
4 year cost
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 25 $218,384
4 year cost
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 19 $218,384
4 year cost
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 17 $218,384
4 year cost
Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree 15 $218,384
4 year cost
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree 15 $218,384
4 year cost
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 14 $218,384
4 year cost
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 13 $218,384
4 year cost
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 13 $218,384
4 year cost
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 12 $218,384
4 year cost
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other Associate's Degree 12 $109,192
2 year cost
Atomic/Molecular Physics Bachelor's Degree 11 $218,384
4 year cost
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 5 $218,384
4 year cost
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 4 $218,384
4 year cost
Astrophysics Bachelor's Degree 3 $218,384
4 year cost
East Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 $218,384
4 year cost
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 2 $218,384
4 year cost
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 2 $218,384
4 year cost
Neurobiology and Anatomy Bachelor's Degree 2 $218,384
4 year cost
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $218,384
4 year cost
Near and Middle Eastern Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 $218,384
4 year cost
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 $218,384
4 year cost
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 $218,384
4 year cost
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 1 $218,384
4 year cost
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $218,384
4 year cost
Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 $218,384
4 year cost
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $218,384
4 year cost
History, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $218,384
4 year cost
Sanskrit and Classical Indian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 $218,384
4 year cost
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 $218,384
4 year cost
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 $218,384
4 year cost
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $218,384
4 year cost
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 1 $218,384
4 year cost
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $218,384
4 year cost

About Harvard University

Harvard University is a four year private college located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Full time enrollment is 20,190 and part time is 7,386.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 34,216 applicants. 1,989 were admitted and 1,664 enrolled.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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