Methods of Payment

Student Accounts accepts the following forms of payment. We encourage you to make an e-payment whenever possible. Please note that we cannot accept cash, credit or debit card payments.

Harvard University may only accept payments that cover educational expenses. Each school establishes a student budget, which includes tuition, fees, room rent, and a modest allowance for cost of living, which 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.


You can make an e-payment 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 account number and bank routing number of your account 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 two transactions.


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 our Cambridge office.  
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.

Foreign Currency Payments

Harvard University contracts with Western Union to provide international students with an alternative to paying by wire transfer. Western Union offers a competitive rate of exchange as well as the convenience of being able to make payments in many international currencies through a local bank. There are no transaction fees for students from Harvard University's bank, though your bank may charge a fee. See GlobalPay for Students by Western Union Business Solutions for instructions for this payment method and a link to a list of currencies accepted through Western Union.

Wire Transfers

Wire transfers can be sent to the Student Accounts Office using the following information. Please include your HUID and the name of the sender on all wires. Please note that Harvard University does not charge for the receipt of wire transfers. However, international wires are subject to a fee from an intermediary bank between the sending and the receiving banks. Check with your bank to determine what fees may apply to your wire transfer and adjust the amount of your transfer accordingly.

Bank Name: Bank of America
Bank ABA#: 026009593
Bank Address: 100 Federal St Boston, MA 02110
Bank Account Name: President & Fellows of Harvard College SRO
Bank Account #: 942926-3103
Swift Code: BOFAUS3N
Memo: Student Accounts Office (617) 495-4187
Identifier: Full name of student, student’s HUID# and sender’s name and address