Non-resident students fall into one of three categories:
- Students engaged in degree work full-time, not in Greater Boston/Cambridge, primarily with non-Harvard resources, for the majority of an academic term, are designated traveling scholars.
- Harvard Griffin GSAS degree candidates who are registered and studying at a Harvard faculty other than the FAS are designated as studying at another Harvard School.
- Students not engaged primarily in degree work may apply to take a leave of absence.
Applying for Non-Resident Status
Before deciding to apply for non-resident status, students should discuss their plans with their advisors and financial aid officer.
Students are strongly encouraged to submit their non-resident applications by July 1 for fall term only/full year, and December 1 for spring only. Please note that the date a student submits an application for leave will affect the student's health insurance coverage and charges through Harvard as outlined in the HUHS Leave of Absence/Withdrawal policy.
- The application must be approved by:
- A new application must be filed for each new academic year.
- Once an application has been accepted, a student does not need to complete the check-in process or registration.
- Applications will not be approved if a student has an outstanding student account balance or is delinquent in repayment of a Harvard loan. If the balance is paid and the application submitted after the deadline, late fees may be charged.
- If a student has non-resident status for more than two years, the Office of Student Affairs will contact the students' department for more information.
- The Registrar’s Office calculation of graduate-year (G-Year) does not stop while the student is on non-resident status.
Canceling or Changing a Submitted Application
Students who wish to change their non-resident status (update tuition) should email the request to the Office of Student Affairs. Students who wish to cancel their non-resident status must submit a signed Cancellation of Non-Resident Status form to the Office of Student Affairs.
Returning to Campus
Students with non-resident status for the fall or spring term who are returning for the subsequent term must register and enroll online as a resident student by the deadlines indicated in the Academic Calendar.
Access to Harvard Library and Email for Non-Resident Students
Non-resident students retain access to their University email address; however, access to Harvard Library resources varies based on status and the tuition/fees paid.
Status (Tuition/Fees Paid)
|Leave of Absence (Facilities Fee)
|Leave of Absence (Active File Fee)
|Traveling Scholars (Facilities Fee and Active File Fee)