Check-In and Registration for Resident Students

Students who are registered and enrolled in courses (including Reading and Research or time-equivalent courses) and who are engaged in full-time degree work, regardless of their physical location, are considered resident students. Resident students must check in and register via for four courses (16 credits), regardless of whether they are taking courses, conducting research, or teaching (see the Academic Calendar for deadlines).

Students engaged in degree work full-time, primarily with non-Harvard resources, for the majority of an academic term, must file an application for non-resident status

  • A semester-long course that meets every week typically equals four credits.
  • Students should have accepted their financial aid and the associated terms and conditions prior to registration.  Contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have questions. 
  • Resident students may apply to waive the Harvard University Student Health Insurance Plan provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Resident students residing outside Massachusetts can receive a  50% discount on the Student Health Fee
  • Students should meet with an advisor prior to registration.
  • Students who do not check in by the deadline will incur a $50 late check-in fee.
  • Students who do not register will incur a $40 per week late registration fee, will be charged tuition from the beginning of the term, and may be placed on an involuntary leave of absence also known as administrative leave.
  • Students enrolling after the course registration deadline must follow the add process in my.harvard.
  • Students cannot register at another Harvard School or academic institution or enroll in more than one degree program at GSAS or elsewhere (students participating in a combined degree program should see Study at Another Harvard School in the Non-Resident Student section).
  • In certain circumstances, GSAS may require that, prior to enrollment, a student meet the terms or conditions set forth in written contract. See Leaves of Absence for more information.

Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 S.2248 Section 103.1.(b)

As of August 1, 2020, Harvard University adheres to the requirements of and complies with S2248 PL 1150497 Section 103. Harvard University does not impose late fees on any student and will not impose a late fee on students utilizing Chapter 33 and Chapter 31 benefits. Additionally, Harvard University will not prevent a student from attending classes or demand payment in advance for funds expected to be paid by the VA until at least 90 days post-certification. Under this policy, Harvard University defines a covered individual as any student that has notified the University that they are eligible to receive Chapter 33 or Chapter 31 benefits in writing prior to the start of the academic term in which they plan to use those benefits. Covered individuals will see the amount anticipated from the VA on their student account in the form of Anticipated Aid for Chapter 33 or a third-party deferment for Chapter 31. If the VA fails to pay 90 days post-certification, Harvard reserves the right to require payment from the student directly.

Registration Holds

Students cannot register if they have a hold on their student account. Failure to clear a hold by the course registration deadline will result in late fees.

  1. An Advising Hold indicates that a student has not been approved by an advisor to register. Students should contact their advisor or department. 
  2. A Financial Hold indicates an unpaid or unaddressed student account balance. Students should contact their Financial Aid Officer.
  3. A Medical Hold indicates a student has not submitted required immunization documents to HUHS Health Information Services/Medical Records.
  4. An HIO Hold indicates that an international student has not presented the necessary credentials to the Harvard International Office.
  5. An Admissions Hold indicates that required official transcripts have not been submitted to the Office of Admissions.
  6. Financial Responsibility Agreement (FRA) Hold indicates that the agreement has not been approved.
  7.  A Title IX Training Hold indicates that required training has not been completed. [Hold removed for fall 2020]
  8. A Registration Survey Hold indicates that the assigned survey has not been submitted. [Hold removed for fall 2020]


Registrar's Office
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Harvard University
Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center 
1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 450
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Tel: 617-495-1543
Fax: 617-495-0815

Office Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday