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Admissions & Aid
Informational links for international students are provided below. Please feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office directly with any questions you may have.
Additional information may be found in the HGSE Ed.M. Guidebook (335KB pdf).
The HGSE Financial Aid Application will be available in January after the Admissions application deadline. The HGSE Financial Aid Office will contact you with information and instructions on how to submit your Financial Aid Application online.
The financial aid application process is the same for both residential and online programs. The 2023-2024 HGSE Financial Aid Application will be available by the end of January 2023 and is completed electronically. The HGSE Financial Aid Office will contact you with information and instructions on how to submit your Financial Aid Application, and the HGSE Financial Aid Application is due by February 17, 2023. Late applications are accepted but priority is given to applications that meet our initial deadline. Late applications are also subject to funding availability.
Tuition waivers are not available at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
International students are eligible to be considered for both need-based and scholarship HGSE aid found on the Fellowships & Grants pages.
All HGSE applicants and students may apply for any of the University-wide Restricted Scholarships for which they may be eligible. You can apply for these scholarships when you complete your HGSE Financial Aid Application.
International students may refer to our fellowship Information for general information about possible external sources of support and may also want to refer to the list of Funding Sources for International Students available through this website. The Harvard Committee on General Scholarships also provides funding through various scholarships and fellowships; some require nomination from HGSE (utilizing your admissions and financial aid application information) and others may require a separate application as specified by the funding opportunity.
International students are not eligible for U.S. Federal Student Loans. Many international students utilize loan programs in their home nations. However, international students may borrow supplemental loans through some private lenders. International students will generally be required to have a credit worthy co-signer/co-borrower who is a U.S. citizen. Please refer to our loan page for information about supplemental loan programs.
International students are generally restricted from working in the United States, but may be able to work on the Harvard campus depending on visa status. Applicants should refer to the Harvard International Office for questions about work eligibility.
For information about on-campus job opportunities students should refer to the Student Employment Office. Please keep in mind that U.S. Federal Work-Study positions, which subsidize employer costs, are available only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. It is often difficult for international students to find unsubsidized campus jobs.
Upon admission to HGSE, students are sent information that includes details from the HGSE Financial Aid Office, Office of Student Affairs, and the Harvard Housing Office.
For myself/for myself and family members?
The following examples are estimates for full time students entering in the 2023-2024 academic year:
$95,222 for the standard cost of attendance for international students (including tuition, fees, living expenses and books) plus the cost of individual return airfare in guaranteed, available funds (through a scholarship, personal funds in a U.S. bank, agency sponsorship, or combination thereof). Students enrolling in the Teaching & Teacher Leadership (TTL) Program must certify an additional $3,170, which totals $98,392.
$95,222 for self plus $21,377 for the cost of health fees and living expenses for their spouse, plus the cost of their return airfare for self and spouse in guaranteed, available funds (see above).
$95,222 for self plus $35,995 for the cost of health fees and living expenses for their spouse and child, plus the cost of their return airfare for self and family in guaranteed, available funds (see above). A student with a spouse and more than one child must certify $2,342 in additional health insurance fees plus $10,000 for each additional child for living expenses, along with the cost of their return airfare for self and family in guaranteed, available funds (see above). Please note the above figures pertain to full-time Ed.M. students.
Budgets for Ed.D. students in their third year and beyond are adjusted according to the tuition level they are required to pay. HGSE students who are currently enrolled, or returning from a leave of absence, should contact the HGSE Financial Aid Office for instructions on certifying for an extension of their visa and related documents.
The HGSE Admissions Office sends information about visa requirements soon after the notice of admission.
Fundación México en Harvard
Provides scholarships and loans to citizens or permanent residents of Mexico who are admitted for graduate study at Harvard. Interested students must apply for consideration before entering the U.S. and prior to the start of their Harvard programs. Recipients of support from the Fundación are required to return to Mexico upon completion of their Harvard programs or after a period of practical training abroad.
An agreement exists whereby CONACYT, Fundación México en Harvard and CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas) will support with a full scholarship any student from CIDE´s Doctorate in Public Policy program, accepted to the Harvard Graduate School of Education for an M.Ed. Students must undertake the admissions process with HGSE directly and have been accepted in order to receive this scholarship.
Merit-based scholarship opportunity for Brazilian students with leadership and entrepreneurial profiles.
Jorge Paulo Lemann Fellowship
Scholarship opportunity for Brazilian students; please visit the Harvard Committee on General Scholarships for information.
You may view our External Funding Sources for International Students Guide to find external scholarship opportunities.
You may also visit the Harvard Committee on General Scholarships for additional sources of funds for international students, but please note that not all scholarships listed are available for use at HGSE.