Students are required to register officially from the time they enter a degree program until they receive the degree. For PhD candidates in the first two years, the full rate of tuition is charged. In the third and fourth years, students are charged reduced tuition; thereafter, they are charged a Facilities Fee while in residence. Nonresident students with Leave of Absence or Traveling Scholar status are charged, at minimum, the Active File Fee. (See the chart below.)


Tuition and Health Service Fee 2015-2016
(subject to annual increases)
Full Tuition— required first two years of study* $41,832
Reduced Tuition — required third and fourth years of study 10,876
Facilities Fee — required post-fourth year of study 2,768
Active File Fee — minimum charge for approved nonresident status 300

Harvard University Student Health Plan (HUSHP) Fee

HUSHP Basic — Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) Fee (required)
HUSHP Supplemental — Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Hospital/Specialty and Medco Prescription Drug Coverage


* Effective academic year 2016–2017, the Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) master’s programs will implement a new tuition structure that differs from other degree programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. While 2016–2017 tuition rates have not yet been finalized, it is expected that tuition for the master’s of science (SM) and the first year of the master’s of engineering (ME) degrees will be higher than the tuition for other programs. Tuition for the second research year of the ME program will be half that of the current first year rate. More details on tuition rates will be available in spring 2016.


2015-2016 Estimated 10-month Living Expense Budget
(single student)
Books and Supplies $ 900
Apartment Housing including Utilities 15,000
Dormitory Housing 6,672–10,480
Meal Plan for Dormitory Residents 2,232
Food 5,670
Miscellaneous 5,780


This estimated budget does not include costs of travel or summer support, fees for required tests, application fees, or such initial expenses as home furnishings. Your individual expenses may vary from these figures.