Understanding and planning for the cost of enrollment is a key component of being a student at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Heath. The Office of Financial Aid (OFA) is here to assist you with this and to provide students with an estimated Cost of Attendance (COA). The COA provided in this section is specifically calculated and utilized for financial aid recipients in specific degree programs (PLEASE NOTE: Students in the online MPH EPI Program should visit the Student Budgeting Section on the Program website). OFA is required to have a standard COA for federal aid compliance as well as an institutional policy for determining OFA funding eligibility (including loans, work-study, tuition awards and stipends). To better understand how your financial aid and other resources relate to the COA, we have designed a step-by-step review and budgeting tool for both prospective and current students.
Each section will walk you through important concepts and information. At the end of our narrative, an interactive online budgeting tool will provide you with specifics on how to manage your budget individually.
If you would like to skip right to a specific section of step-by-step review:
- Budgeting Tips
- Purpose of the Cost of Attendance
- Cost of Attendance Exclusions: what costs can not be factored into the COA
- Cost of Attendance Budgets: 2017-2018 estimated breakdown by degree
- Budget Adjustments: what adjustments are allowed and how to appeal
- International Students: differences between COA and financial certification for visa processing
- Summer Enrollment: summer only COA (summer is not included in the budgeting tool)
If you have already reviewed the narrative sections of Student Budgeting, you may go directly to: