Tuition and Fees

Updated: August 4, 2020

The tuition and fees for the Summer Language Program 2020 were:

  • Full tuition: $5,700
  • Reduced tuition: $2,250
  • Program fee: $400
  • Application fee: $50

Fees and tuition information for the SLP 2021 will be available in March of 2021 and posted on this page.

If you are a... And... Your tuition Program fee Application fee
Full-time HDS degree candidate Enrolled in SLP for the first time None Yes Yes
Full-time HDS degree candidate Enrolled in SLP after the first time Reduced tuition No Yes
Part-time HDS degree candidate and those approved to pay on a per-course basis   Reduced tuition No Yes
HDS ThD students Paying full tuition in fall 2020 None No No
PhD student in the Study of Religion program Entered the program fall 2015 or later and paying full tuition in the fall of 2020 None No No
PhD student in the Study of Religion program Entered the program before fall 2015 Reduced tuition No Yes
HDS nondegree student   Full tuition No Yes
HDS special student   Full tuition No Yes
Recently graduated HDS student (this past academic year)   Reduced tuition No Yes
A Boston Theological Interreligious (BTI) Consortium student Student will be enrolled full-time in the fall of 2020 at one of the BTI partner-schools Reduced tuition No Yes
Non-HDS student   Full tuition No Yes
Auditor (not for credit)   Full tuition No Yes

General notes:

  • Any student/participant in the SLP may only take one language per SLP.
  • Applicants/students need to be at least at the college-level to take the intensive SLP courses. High school students are not admitted to the SLP courses.
  • Unfortunately, no financial aid is available to assist incoming and/or current HDS students with application and/or program fees at this time. Please note that you may also take the SLP courses in a less intensive version throughout the academic year as regular language courses.

Full-time HDS degree candidates

Full-time HDS degree students who will be enrolled the following fall may participate once in the Summer Language Program and have it covered by normal term tuition. That is, first-time participation will not affect tuition. However, fees (application and program fees) are required. The application fee is due upon application to the program and the program fee is due at registration. More information about the Touchnet site is forthcoming.

If you are a current MDiv student, please keep the rules regarding the SLP and Field Education in mind.

Part-time HDS degree candidates and those approved to pay on a per-course basis

Part-time students and those who pay on a per course basis may participate in the Summer Language Program and have it count toward the requirements of their degree, provided:

  • They will be registered in the fall;
  • They pay the additional program fee of $400 (in addition to the $50 application fee); information is forthcoming regarding Touchnet. 
  • They pay additional tuition in the fall equal to normal tuition for two half courses.

The additional tuition paid for the SLP will apply toward these students' overall required tuition (tuition equivalent to 16 half courses for MTS students, 24 half courses for MDiv students, and 8 half courses for ThM students). Fall term financial aid awards may be adjusted to help pay for the additional SLP tuition.

If you are a current HDS student (or recent HDS graduate), you may enroll in the SLP multiple times for the cost of the application fee, plus the reduced tuition.

Student from one of the Boston Theological Interreligious (BTI) Consortium member schools

Students from BTI Consortium member schools qualify for the reduced tuition if they will be enrolled full-time in the fall of 2020 at one of the BTI Consortium partner-schools.

Please note that the SLP is a separate program from the courses that take place during the academic year at the Harvard Divinity School. Therefore, the payment of tuition and fees for the SLP at HDS are not covered under the cross-registration agreements within the BTI Consortium. It is the responsibility of each BTI Consortium student to work with their home school to determine financial aid eligibility and payment for the SLP courses.

Non-HDS students, HDS nondegree students, and HDS ThD students paying reduced tuition

Non-HDS students, HDS nondegree students, and HDS ThD students paying reduced tuition are required to pay the Summer Language Program tuition at registration.

Unfortunately, HDS is unable to provide financial aid to non-HDS students for the SLP.

Doctoral students

HDS ThD students paying full tuition in fall 2020 are not required to pay SLP tuition nor the application and program fees.

All doctoral students who entered the Study of Religion program as of the fall 2015 and forward, who are paying full tuition in the fall of 2020, are also not required to pay SLP tuition nor the application and program fees.

All PhD students, who entered the doctoral program before the fall of 2015, need to pay the application fee and reduced SLP tuition.

HDS Special Students

Application fees and tuition payments apply.

Auditors

Auditing the SLP is possible (not for course credit); however, application fees and tuition payments apply. Please contact the SLP director if you would like to audit a course.

Course withdrawal dates and refund schedule for SLP 2021

Students can withdraw their registration subject to the following refund schedule:

On or before June 15, 2021: 100 percent refund

Between June 16 and June 21, 2021: 50 percent refund

No refunds after June 21, 2021.

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