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Is it true that if your income is less than 60,000, then Harvard is completely free?

DannyNobelDannyNobel Posts: 608- Member
edited January 2011 in Harvard University
I read something like "Families with income below 60k are not expected to pay at all" on the Harvard website. Does this include all expenses?

-I heard that they even pay for 2 flights back home every year?

Can anyone shed some light on this topic please?
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Replies to: Is it true that if your income is less than 60,000, then Harvard is completely free?

  • kiimy95kiimy95 Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    Yes! Its all 100% true, my friend got this scholarship, so lucky!
  • FatumFatum Posts: 876Registered User Member
    Yes it's true unless Harvard is lying.

    That's what gets me crazy the most. :D
  • DwightEisenhowerDwightEisenhower Posts: 1,704Registered User Senior Member
    Something like that. My family makes <60k and it's basically free. In theory I have to pay something like $1200 a year which is a reasonable expectation for what you'd make at a summer job, though as a Massachusetts resident I get some grants that more or less cover that cost.

    I don't know about the flight thing because I live in Massachusetts.
  • MentosMentos Posts: 357Registered User Member
    A few other schools offer this (Yale etc.) and all of the Ivy's as well as top LACs and universities offer incredibly generous financial aid that is in line with this.
  • altec_lansingaltec_lansing Posts: 56Registered User Junior Member
    Technically it's true, but the school will also look at assets and real estate. Harvard doesn't want to give out scholarships to unemployed former business tycoons who have sold their business and bought millions of dollars worth of houses.
  • wesley108wesley108 Posts: 1,192- Member
    YEP!! 100% true kinda wish my parents were making just a little bit less now lol
  • mistergmisterg Posts: 318Registered User Member
    Airfare isn't covered for me, and I'm an international student who benefits from the < $60,000 full ride. Although they will pay for your flights to and from prefrosh weekend.
  • PolyglotPolyglot Posts: 264Registered User Junior Member
    Harvard's financial aid fabulous. Out of all the colleges I was accepted to who claimed to meet full-need, Harvard's definition of full-need was unmatched.

    I'm getting financial aid for two round trips home in my freshman year, but only one for the following years. I have even received money for winter clothing!
  • Jimmy797Jimmy797 Posts: 868Registered User Member
    Although they will pay for your flights to and from prefrosh weekend.
    Please tell me you're referring to their campus preview weekend in April after admissions. If they pay or support the price of the flight I'm gonna go running. (That makes no sense, but try and understand me here.) Otherwise, I can't really visit (this is all considering the near-impossibility that I'm accepted), and to be honest, I'm dying to go check out Cambridge & Boston before making a decision to go there/not go there.
    PS: I'm an international and can't afford the cost of a trip for one weekend to Boston just to check out a couple campuses.

    Were you referring to that? *crosses fingers*
  • rb3rb3 Posts: 346Registered User Member
    Yes, he was. Princeton, Stanford, and Yale will do the same.
  • sharkersharker Posts: 472Registered User Member
    Yes, I've heard the same statement and I believe it's true. The financial aid is one of the best things about Harvard.
  • kbiresearchkbiresearch Posts: 356Registered User Member
  • xrCalico23xrCalico23 Posts: 4,673Registered User Senior Member
    My family's income is a lot less than that amount and I'm pretty sure I've paid over $2000 so far for college, but that's including with outside scholarship. I also have to pay for my own travel flights but did receive the winter coat fund. There's also something called Harvard Student Events Fund that pays for tickets to almost all school events for those who qualify, which is really great.
    Harvard's financial aid fabulous. Out of all the colleges I was accepted to who claimed to meet full-need, Harvard's definition of full-need was unmatched.

    Totally agree!
  • FatumFatum Posts: 876Registered User Member
    My family's income is a lot less than that amount and I'm pretty sure I've paid over $2000 so far for college, but that's including with outside scholarship. I also have to pay for my own travel flights but did receive the winter coat fund.

    Uh-oh, that's not good.
  • mistergmisterg Posts: 318Registered User Member
    xrCalico23, does your family have an unusual amount of financial assets? If not, have you considered talking to HFA? They might be able to give you more aid.
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