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Harvard University - Eligibility, Fee, Scholarships for Indian Students

Study in Harvard University

Who is unfamiliar with the name of Harvard University? It is amongst the top dream universities for aspiring students from all over the world and is one of oldest and most prestigious Colleges among the Ivy League. The university has produced many eminent figures and includes world leaders, statesmen, nobel laureates and business tycoons among its alumni. If you are planning to study at Harvard then you may be curious to know what the actual cost will be for studying at Harvard. Read on to find out

What is the Cost of Studying at Harvard University?

If you are keen on studying at Harvard University, but are concerned about the high costs, then lay your fear aside. There are a number of ways in which you can find financial aid, and with some meticulous planning you can mitigate most of the costs and reduce the price tag drastically. The following sections will apprise you of the costs you can expect to incur while studying at the university as well as how to cover them.

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Tuition Fees at Harvard University for International Students

  1. The standard tuition fee for studying at Harvard is around  57,000 USD per annum
  2. Room, accommodation and other expenses can total your expected out of pocket costs to be around 75000 USD 
  3. Although the amount may seem quite high, its very easy to get financial aid to cover the costs and more than 70 percent of students who are accepted receive financial aid
  4. If your parents earn less than 65000 USD per annum, you can study for free through grants provided by the university
  5. More than 50 percent of the students who get in will receive a need-based scholarship of around 53000 USD 
  6. The Harvard University has its own Scholarship Scheme  which offers students like you a unique opportunity to study at the prestigious university at a fraction of the actual costs 
  7. The university has instituted a committee for general scholarships which looks into the disbursement of financial aid to international students who wish to study in USA
  8. You can study at Harvard through a full ride scholarship with all costs covered if your family income is less than 65000 USD

Tuition Fees

The following are the tuition fees charged for students in the current academic year 

  1. Tuition fees for full-time students is around 48000 USD per annum
  2. Tuition fees for Part-time students is around 24000 USD per annum
  3. Tuition fees for doctoral students is around 24000 USD per annum for advanced Doctoral fees payable above other tuition requirements
  4. The Health Insurance fees for international students are around 4900 USD per annum
  5. The subject wise breakup of tuition fees for popular fields for undergraduate courses are as follows
  • Bachelors in Computer Science,  Economics, Psychology, History and Literature, Anthropology, South Asian studies, and  Environmental Science & Public Policy will cost around 45,823 USD for each course which is of  four years duration
  • Studying for BA in Biomedical Engineering will cost 47951 USD for a four years course
  • MD MPH Program will cost upwards of  50000 for a five year course
  1. The cost for post graduate course at Harvard is around 49214 USD for each year
  2. Some of the costs for popular post graduation courses are as follows
  • An MBA program of two years will cost you around 67858 USD
  • A MS in Computational Science and Engineering for 2 years will cost you 52166 USD
  • MS in Data Science for 1.5 years will cost 50665 USD
  • MS in Biotechnology a one year duration course, will cost you 38906 USD
  • Masters in Architecture will cost you 49289 USD
  • PG in Liberal Arts in Finance    for a 1.5 – 2 years course will cost around 18389 USD
  • Masters degree in Public Administration for a 2 years course will cost 48789 USD
  • Masters degree in Liberal Arts in Data Science will cost 18389 USD
  • A Masters degree in Laws will cost 60798 USD
  • Masters degree in  Biomedical Informatics can cost around 49664.70

Cost of getting a Student Visa to Study at Harvard

1.    Once you finalize your admission to Harvard, you will need to take the all important step of applying for a USA Student visa
2.    The cost of applying for a visa is around 144 USD

Cost of Living while studying at Harvard University for Indian Students

Cost of Accommodation

The cost of renting an apartment or dormitory fees will depend on a number of factors. You can expect to pay

  1. 820-1100 will be the expected cost per month for a room in the dormitories at Harvard
  2. 1700 to 2,600 USD per month for renting a studio or one bedroom apartment at  Harvard 
  3. 1150- 2000 USD per month for a studio apartment within the campus but not owned by the university
  4. 500-850 USD per person to live in a 3 or 4 BHK situated outside the campus on a sharing basis.
  5. You should also factor in cost of setting up furniture and other utilities & services if you choose to live in out of campus accommodation

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Cost of Transportation

  1. You can expect to pay around 75 USD to rent a bike to travel around campus
  2. Travel by bus can cost you around 7.36 USD per trip within the city  on the Greyhound Bus system
  3. The cost of traveling by train or subway can cost around 2.75 USD per trip
  4. You can also choose the option of renting a car which can cost you around 30 USD per day

Cost of Utilities and other expenses

You should budget for around 14,000 USD for covering the cost of utilities which will include the following

  1. Utility Bills which can include electricity, gas and water
  2. Mobile phones
  3. Clothes
  4. Toiletries
  5. Food and housekeeping
  6. Books and stationery
  7. Transportation, etc.

Scholarships to cover Cost of Studying at Harvard University

You can apply for the following scholarships to study at Harvard in order to bring down the costs of your study in USA 

  1. HGSE Financial Aid
  2. Need-based Scholarship
  3. Boustany MBA Harvard Scholarship
  4. Horace W. Goldsmith Award
  5. The Robert S. Kaplan Life Science Scholarship
  6. US Scholarships for Indian Students with a family income between 65,000 – 150,000 USD allows you to pay only 10 percent of your total income if you get admission to Harvard
  7.  If your parents total income is more than 150000 USD, then you will need to pay more than 10 percent of your family’s income. The exact amount will depend on your individual circumstances

To know more about studying at Harvard, and how to cover the costs of studying at Harvard, reach out to our US education advisors at Global Tree

How can I calculate the Cost of Studying at Harvard?

The cost of studying at Harvard can have many input factors and will depend on your personal profile and financial background. We suggest that you step in to one of our Global Tree branch offices, where our expert counselors can guide you

What is the best scholarship for studying at Harvard?

There are a number of excellent and highly prestigious scholarships available for students who manage to get an admission to Harvard. You can visit our branch to meet with our expert overseas education advisors to know more about the various scholarships open to you and to work on a plan to apply for them


Frequently Asked Questions

The common notion is that foreign universities are expensive, although with scholarships this is an exaggerated issue. What many fail to consider are time and effort. Studying in an Indian college leads to a lower average salary than earned by our western counterparts. This salary sets the tone for all future promotions since companies often look at your previous salaries during compensation appraisals. Additionally, most senior positions tend to be scooped up by individuals who have an international outlook through global exposure.  Finally, studying in a foreign country is an incredible learning experience helping students get a better academic as well as soft skill development.

Canada has been one of the market leaders in education for decades. However, what currently sets Maple Country apart is immigration. Canada is wholeheartedly inviting students to study in their universities to fill job vacancies that are always growing in the country. Students who study in Canada (especially a Master’s Degree) are practically assured of a Permanent Residency Visa.

A good score doesn’t automatically qualify a candidate for a scholarship, however, it is one of the primary factors that the admissions department looks for in a scholarship application. There are other attributes such as a candidate’s academics, extra-curricular, financial background, and application essays (SOPs).

We get this question a lot. Many candidates know which career path they want to take, but are at a loss for how to take that journey. Understanding the job role and the industry that you want to get into is the first step to picking the right university.

Carefully consider the immigration options of the country that the university that you are considering is in. This is more important when you intend to stay back in the country after the completion of your course.

Also, review the placement history of the university as well.

The first step is to list your preferences. By listing your preferences and strengths, describe your course of preference. Extensive research on the modules, software and its length for your preferred subject is necessary.


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