Student Accounts accepts the following forms of payments listed below. We encourage you to make an e-payment whenever possible, as it will be applied to your account immediately. Payments by cash or credit/debit card are not accepted.
Overpayments: Harvard University may only accept payments that cover educational expenses. Payments over the cost of attendance may be returned to you. *
E-Payments can be made by students or delegates from a U.S. checking or savings account by logging into your student account and choosing the Pay Now link below your Amount Due. You will need the bank account number and bank routing number to make the payment. You can also set up a payment profile to store your account information for future use. Individual e-payments may not exceed $80,000. To pay over this amount the payment must be split into multiple transactions.
Please note: Returned e-payments or checks may be assessed a fee**
Payments by check should be in U.S. dollars and drawn on a U.S. bank account. Checks must be made payable to Harvard University and reference a Harvard ID number. Checks for U.S. dollars drawn on a foreign bank may be subject to bank fees. Harvard does not accept postdated checks. All payments by check, including outside awards, loans, and 529/Prepaid Plan checks, should be sent to the Student Accounts Office (see address in left margin under payment mailing).
529/Prepaid Plan payments should be mailed to the Student Account Office (see address in left margin). Please be sure to include the student's name and HUID on the memo line of the check. You can contact the Student Accounts Office with questions about 529 payments but will need to contact your plan administrator with specific questions about your plan.
International Wire Payments:
Harvard University contracts with Western Union to provide international students with a convenient way to pay their student account charges by wire transfer. Western Union offers a competitive rate of exchange as well as the convenience of being able to make payments in a wide range of international currencies through a local bank. There are no transaction fees from Harvard University's bank, though your bank may charge a fee. To make an international wire transfer, click here.
Domestic Wire Payments:
Western Union has been contracted to expedite the process of student domestic wire transfers directly to Harvard. By using Western Union, Harvard can track your payment and make sure it gets posted directly to your account after the University receives it. To make a domestic wire transfer, click here.
Third Party and Scholarship Wire Payments
For sponsored student and outside awards/ scholarship wire payments, please click here.
*Each school establishes a student budget known as the Cost of Attendance, which includes tuition, fees, room rent, and a modest allowance for cost of living. The Cost of Attendance represents the maximum payment we may accept in an academic year. If an overpayment is made, we will review the account and determine how to proceed. Funds may be set aside for a future semester or the payment may have to be returned to the sender.
**If an e-payment or check is returned by the bank, it is submitted a second time for payment. If the payment is returned after the second attempt, your student account will be charged a $50 returned check fee. If a subsequent payment is returned by the bank, the returned check fee increases to $75. Multiple returned payments may result in the University requiring future payments to be made by certified or bank check. Please note that it can take a week or more before a bank notifies us that your payment has been returned. Your account will not reflect a returned payment until we receive that information from the bank.