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As indicated in a student’s Notice of Financial Support, tuition and health fee grant awards are applied toward tuition costs and required Harvard University Student Health Program fees (the Student Health Fee and the Student Health Insurance Plan).
Tuition is charged to the student account in July for the fall term and in December for the spring term. All students are automatically enrolled in the Harvard University Student Health Program and charges are applied to the student account. Tuition grants are applied to the student account in equal installments at the start of each term unless otherwise indicated in the Notice of Financial Support (incoming students) or the GSAS Student Aid Portal (continuing students).
- Harvard tuition and health fee grants cannot be disbursed unless the student has formally accepted the award and completed all required forms in the GSAS Applicant Portal (incoming students) or the GSAS Student Aid Portal (continuing students).
- Students whose requests to waive Harvard’s Student Health Insurance Plan and/or Harvard's Student Health Fee have been approved will have their grants reduced accordingly. Harvard grants are not available to cover the cost of health insurance obtained from other sources.
- Harvard grants do not cover dental, disability, or dependent insurance coverage.
Students on leave of absence will have their tuition and health fee grants deferred, i.e., they are put on hold until they return from leave. Students registered as traveling scholars may elect to defer their tuition and health fee grants. Students who are considering deferring their tuition and health fee grants are strongly encouraged to contact their financial aid officers to review how such actions may impact their funding in future years.