Financial Aid

Student Financial Aid Is a Partnership

A Harvard T.H. Chan education is an investment—in your own future and in the future of public health. The Office of Financial Aid is committed to helping you manage this investment, maintain sound financial health, and ensure the best possible experience during your time at the School. We ask that you, too, make a commitment to effective financial management, and we stand ready to assist you with a variety of tools and resources.

We Are Here to Help

The Office of Financial Aid (OFA) at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health is committed to helping you find support and providing you with the information you need to make informed decisions about financing your Harvard Chan School education. We encourage you to explore all avenues of funding, and this website provides information about the many ways to do so.

Our accomplished OFA staff is available throughout the year to discuss all aspects of loan debt management, student budgeting, and other areas of financial aid. We also advocate the importance of financial literacy and offer all students a free on-line resource called $ALT specifically for this purpose.

Many Sources of Assistance Available

Available forms of student support at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health include grant, loan and work opportunities.  While the School provides central sources of scholarships, academic departments are also a primary source of grant support at the Harvard Chan School, particularly for our doctoral (PhD) programs.

In addition to reviewing internal scholarship opportunities within Harvard University and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, our financial aid staff frequently updates information on external resources through an interactive database that allows students, faculty, and staff to submit information about outside resources about which they are aware. Some students also receive help funding their education from their employers, governments, or other sources.

For Prospective Students

It Is a Big Decision

Embarking on a graduate degree program in public health is a big decision: personally, professionally, and financially. We encourage you to check out the wealth of information on our website, but if you are considering applying to Harvard T.H. Chan for 2016-17, please check back in the coming months for updated information regarding application instructions/deadlines and new program costs.

Our Financial Aid Packages Are Among the Most Generous in Public Health

Each year the Harvard Chan School distributes more than $19 million in grant-based financial aid from school and University sources to students in the programs below. Outside funding as well as federal and private loans are also available.

  • PhD programs – Admitted students receive grants for full tuition and fees, plus a cost-of-living stipend for four years. For more information on costs and financial aid please contact the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) where all Harvard PhD programs are administered.
  • DrPH program – This program, now in its third year, makes grant aid available for some students with varying amounts that cover tuition, fees, and cost of living for this three-year program.
  • MPH and SM programs (resident masters programs) – Grant aid is available for some students in varying amounts that can cover tuition, fees, and cost of living of these programs, which are nine months to 16 months in duration.
  • MPH-Epi (online and on-campus) – Now in its first year, this program enables students to continue working full time in their current roles while pursuing an MPH through a combination of online, in-person, and in-the-field learning, making it one of the most cost effective routes to earning a master’s degree in public health. Some tuition-based grants are available.