2013-2014 Tuition Billing Policy


Doctoral Student Billing Policy * Masters Student Billing Policy * Tuition Requirements *Financial Degree Requirements for Doctoral Students * Financial Degree Requirements for Masters Students

Doctoral Student Billing Policy
Doctoral students are required to pay two years of full-time tuition and one year of full-time reduced tuition or its part-time equivalent. For full-time students this will be the equivalent of 40 credits per year and 20 credits per year for part-time students. Tuition assessment is calculated by adding the total number of terms that a student has been billed in a particular enrollment status (part-time or full-time).

Under the new flat-rate doctoral billing policy:

Full-time students are billed four semesters at the full-time flat rate; two semesters at the full-time reduced flat rate, and all subsequent semester at the flat facilities fee.

Part-time students are billed eight semesters at the part-time flat rate, four semesters at the part-time reduced flat rate, and all subsequent semesters at the flat facilities fee. Those doctoral students at part-time enrollment status will be required to take a minimum of 10 credits per term and will be assessed a flat rate of one-half the full-time tuition rate.

Important Exception:
Students who have switched enrollment status between full and part-time prior to reaching the flat facilities fees may incur a prorated charge.

  • A student falling in between their 2nd and 3rd year tuition assessment will be charged an equivalent to 75% of the full-time flat rate.
  • A student falling in between their 3rd and 4th year tuition assessment will be charged an equivalent to 75% of the full-time reduced flat rate.

Summer Enrollment
Students approved to take one or more classes during a summer semester will be charged on a per-credit rate basis at the full-time tuition rate.  For example, if a student is currently at the full-time reduced or facilities fee tuition rate and they take a class during the summer, they will be billed at the full-time tuition rate, not at the full-time reduced or facilities fee rates.  These charges will not be applied towards the financial requirement list above.

Non-Resident Tuition
Non-residents are required to pay the appropriate non-resident tuition to maintain their status as a degree candidate at HSPH. Accumulation of tuition paid by non-resident doctoral students will not be credited toward the two-year, full-time and one-year, full-time reduced tuition payment requirement. The non-resident tuition covers periodic consultation with the student’s doctoral advisor and research committee, but does not provide for the use of Harvard facilities. Students who are considering non-resident part-time status and who are receiving financial aid should first contact the HSPH Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS) to discuss whether funding will be jeopardized.

Non-resident students must complete payment of the required two years of full-time tuition and one year of reduced doctoral tuition before paying the non-resident status fee.


Thesis/Dissertation defense fee will be assessed (replacing facilities fee or non-resident tuition) as a flat fee rate the final semester the dissertation is defended, submitted, and voted by the faculty and corporation.

Doctoral students who have paid tuition prior to enrolling in their program:

Tuition paid to HSPH as a prior degree recipient
If a student applies for and is granted admission into a doctoral degree program within 5 years of graduation from a prior HSPH degree program, tuition credit may be applied as follows:

  • A one year Masters recipient will earn an equivalent of one year full-time tuition rate.
  • A two year Masters recipient will earn an equivalent of two years full-time tuition rate, therefore billing will began at full-time reduced flat rate.

This applies if the tuition was paid in full to HSPH, and if the courses taken were within the preceding five years of matriculating into the doctoral program.

Tuition paid to HSPH as a TAP, Affiliate, or Boston Area Public Health Professional (BAPHP)
If an affiliate, TAP or BAPHP student applies for and is granted admission into a doctoral degree program, tuition credit may be applied as follows:

  • Less then 10 credits earned will not receive a tuition credit.
  • Between 10 and 20 credits will receive an equivalent of one semester’s part-time tuition rate.
  • 20 credits earned will receive an equivalent of one semester’s full-time tuition rate

This applies if the tuition was paid in full to HSPH, and if the courses taken were within the preceding five years of matriculating in a degree program. For the credit to be applied, all affiliate-status students listed above must file a General Petition with the Registrar’s Office requesting that the academic and tuition credits be applied into the doctoral program.

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Masters Student Billing Policy

Full-time Students
 will be charged on a per-credit basis and must take a minimum of 15 credits per semester. Students in a one-year Masters Program are required to complete a minimum of 42.5 credits at the end of their program. Ordinarily, students in a two-year or 60 credit  Masters Program are expected to complete 40 credits at the end of the first academic year.  Students who wish to complete less than 35 credits per year, must petition via a General Petition form to do so, and must complete the 80 credit requirement by the end of their second year or the 60 credit required by the end of the second fall term. Since the Registrar’s office cannot predict the exact number of credits full-time students will be taking each semester, the following billing scenario applies:

1. The initial fall bill will be based on 22.5 credits for one-year Masters and 20 credits for two-year or 60 credit Masters.  If you are a one-year Masters and have taken classes starting in the summer, the initial fall and spring bills will be based on 15 credits.  For students who matriculate in the fall term, the initial spring bill will be based on 20 credits for one-year, two-year and 60 credit masters.  A registration fee, academic records fee (1-time), HUSHP Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) Fee and a HUSHP Student Health Fee (SHF) will also be charged each term.

2. In order to be cleared financially for pre-registration all full-time students are required to pay for these credits, all fees (as described in #1), as well as any outstanding prior debt.

3. Student accounts will be updated to reflect the actual number of registered credits when the 1st add/drop/change deadline information has been posted. All registered credits exceeding the initial charges are expected to be paid prior to the next registration period.

4. Students are expected to check their bill regularly.

Part-Time Students are charged tuition on a per-credit basis and are eligible to take up to but not including 15 credits per semester. Since the Registrar’s office cannot predict the exact number of credits part-time students will be taking each semester, the following billing scenario applies:

1. The initial bills for each term (in July for the fall and November for the spring) will be based on a registration fee, academic records fee (1-time), HUSHP Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) Fee and a HUSHP Student Health Fee (SHF).

2. Student accounts will be updated to reflect the actual number of registered credits when the 1st add/drop/change deadline information has been posted. All registered credit charges are expected to be paid by the next billing cycle.

3. Only part-time students taking 10 or fewer credits are eligible to waive the HUSHP Basic Insurance Fee (SHF). Please see the University’s Health Services website for more details www.huhs.harvard.edu.

4. Students are expected to check their bill regularly.

Tuition paid to HSPH as a TAP, Affiliate, or Boston Area Public Health Professional (BAPHP)
If an affiliate, TAP or BAPHP student applies for and is granted admission into a masters degree program, up to 20 credits of tuition credit may be applied to the tuition degree requirement, if the tuition was paid in full to HSPH, and if the courses taken were within the preceding five years of matriculating in a degree program. For the credit to be applied, all affiliate-status students listed above must file a General Petition with the Registrar’s Office requesting that the academic and tuition credits be applied to the degree program.

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Tuition Requirements
All degree candidates must:

1) Pay tuition for and be registered continuously as either a resident student, non-resident doctoral student or a student on leave of absence.

2) Pay full tuition for a designated number of years (Amount of tuition depends on student’s degree program and, for doctoral students, on their previous affiliation with HSPH.)

3) Pay the appropriate tuition rate for each registration period as outlined in the Tuition and Fees Schedule.

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Financial Degree Requirements for Doctoral Students
In addition to meeting academic requirements, students must meet HSPH financial requirements. Students must pay the appropriate amount of tuition to receive a degree. Doctoral students are required to pay two years of full-time tuition and one year of full-time reduced tuition or its part-time equivalent.

Financial Degree Requirements for Masters Students
In addition to meeting academic requirements, students must meet HSPH financial requirements. Students must pay the appropriate amount of tuition to receive a degree. Students in a one-year degree program are required to pay for a minimum of 42.5 credits; those in a two-year degree program must pay for a minimum of 80 credits to HSPH; and those in the 60 credit degree program must complete a minimum of 60 credits.

Tuition paid to any school other than HSPH, will not be counted toward financial degree requirements for HSPH.

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