Scholarship Award Overview

The Harvard Extension School Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship is designed to encourage academically talented community college graduates to pursue the Bachelor of Liberal Arts (ALB) undergraduate program at the Harvard Extension School (HES) by funding the three undergraduate-level courses required for admission to it. 

a woman sitting in front of a laptop working on her online courseworkOur program is ideal if you appreciate the value of a liberal arts degree. We offer a solid foundation for advanced academic work, such as law, medical, or business school or PhD programs. You will have access to many benefits, including a distinguished faculty drawn primarily from Harvard College, more than 800 courses in the evening or online at reasonable tuition rates, a diverse student body, one of the largest academic libraries in the world, outstanding museums and cultural performances, and ample opportunities to participate in a rich community life. We invite you to challenge yourself intellectually, personally, and professionally. Learn more on our Why Apply page.

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Once admitted to the undergraduate program, you can apply for a range of financial aid, including the Extension School Grant and federal financial aid, such as Pell Grants and Stafford Loans.
PTK scholars typically receive ongoing grant support from Harvard Extension School that covers up to half their tuition expenses each semester, provided they apply for financial aid by the priority deadline and demonstrate financial need.


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As you consider our undergraduate program, please keep in mind the following features: HES is Harvard University’s continuing education program distinct from Harvard College. The average age of students is 32 and the majority of students study on a part-time basis. As a minimum requirement, your high school diploma or its equivalent must have been earned at least five years prior to enrolling in any ALB degree-applicable courses. Housing is not available, and students cannot receive the I-20 certificate for the F-1 student visa. For more information about HES and its undergraduate program, please visit our ALB degree requirements page.