How to Apply for the PTK Scholarship

The process for completing your application to Harvard Extension School's PTK Scholarship is outlined below. Only applicants with complete applications received by the stipulated deadlines below will be considered.


Semester that you wish to begin your HES coursework:
Submit your PTK Scholarship form, transcripts, and proof of
PTK membership between:
Submit supporting financial aid documentation by:
Fall Term
May 15 and June 15
June 1
Spring Term
September 1 and October 1
September 15

Verify your eligibility

Verify your admission eligibility to the undergraduate degree program program

  • Your high school diploma or its equivalent must have been earned at least five years prior to enrolling in any ALB degree-applicable courses. 
  • If you already possess a bachelor's degree, you may not pursue another one at Harvard Extension School. 

Verify your eligibility to receive the PTK Scholarship

  • You must be a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
  • You must have earned your associate's degree from a PTK chapter at a community college from which you graduated with a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA.
    • You may be eligible to submit your application during your final semester of your associate's degree program. Contact our office to inquire (

Prepare your supporting financial aid documentation

The HES Student Financial Services office requires that students submit their financial aid documentation for the upcoming academic year at least two weeks prior to the PTK Scholarship Application deadline to allow time for processing.

STEP 1: Submit the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

Enter the Extension School federal code, E00209, in the school section of the FAFSA. Applicants are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in the online FAFSA to retrieve the required federal tax information. 

Please allow 3-5 business days for processing before proceeding to Step 2.​

STEP 2: Submit the Financial Aid Application Supplement:

The Financial Aid Application Supplement form will be available through the Financial Aid Self-Service Portal after your FAFSA has been processed. You can access the Financial Aid Self-Service Portal by logging into your MyDCE student account. If you are new to DCE, you will be prompted to create a DCEKey login credential before logging in to create your student account.

For further assistance, please contact the Student Financial Services office at

Submit your official transcripts

We require a current official transcript (i.e. a transcript issued directly from the school to our office) from each college or university at which you have registered for courses. Electronic transcripts are strongly preferred and can be sent directly from your former institution to

If transcripts must be mailed via post because your college or university does not offer electronic delivery, documents should be sent to the address below. Paper transcripts must remain sealed in the envelopes in which they were initially issued by the school(s). 

Office of Predegree Advising & Admissions
Harvard Extension School
51 Brattle Street
Cambridge MA 02138

All official transcripts must be received by the application deadline. We strongly encourage you to request your transcripts early to ensure they are received by the deadline. You may request your transcripts prior to the application window.

Take the Test of Critical Reading and Writing Skills (CRWS)

You must complete our free Test of Critical Reading and Writing Skills (CRWS) before submitting your PTK Scholarship Application. The CRWS test is available in online services year-round between 3 am and 11 pm Eastern Time. Please note that the test is scored according to the schedule provided on the website. For more information, please see the CRWS website and the CRWS test FAQ page.

Pro tip: Use our Harvard Extension Ready tool to help you prepare.

Submit your online scholarship application form

Our online application portal is open for one month during each application cycle: from May 15 to June 15 for courses in the Fall term and from September 1 to October 1 for courses in the Spring term. You cannot access our scholarship application portal outside these windows. You may save an in-progress application and return to complete it later in the month, but it will not be saved for the next term. You will need to start a new application should you decide to apply again.

As part of the online application, you will compose an essay of at least 500 words indicating why you wish to earn the ALB degree at Harvard Extension School. We encourage you to compose this essay outside the application portal. Consider the following questions when writing your essay:  

  • What impact will an undergraduate degree in liberal arts have on your life? 
  • Why is it important for you to complete an undergraduate degree at this point in your life?
  • What is the significance of achieving an undergraduate degree at HES?
  • If you live outside the Boston area, you must include a specific plan on how you intend to fulfill the on-campus requirement for the degree. 

You will be prompted to upload proof of your PTK membership within the scholarship application portal. This can be a picture of your PTK membership card, PTK certificate, or documentation of PTK affiliation on a transcript from your associate's degree institution. 

Students "earn their way" into degree program candidacy at Harvard Extension School by completing three courses at HES. (You do not need to complete these three courses within one term.) One of these three courses must be EXPO 25. As part of your PTK Scholarship Application, you will be asked to list the other two HES courses you would like to use for your personal admission pathway. In order to enroll in EXPO 25, students must either have passed the CRWS test or earn a grade of B or higher in EXPO 15. Students who do not pass the CRWS test should list EXPO 15 as one of their two other courses. All students can choose to complete EXPO 15 before EXPO 25, even if they have passed the CRWS test. Your other admission course(s) can be any other 4-credit course(s) from the ALB course catalog. You will not be held to these selections; scholarship recipients will work with a Predegree & Admissions advisor and receive further guidance. 

Click here to access our application portal
Please note that you will only be able to initiate an application during our designated application windows. 

What happens next?

After your complete application has been received and initially reviewed, the Predegree Advising & Admissions Office will contact you to schedule an interview. At this time, interviews are held virtually over Zoom. 

You are then notified of the PTK Scholarship Committee’s decision by July 15 for the fall term or November 1 for the spring term. When awarded the scholarship, you may take one, two, or three courses during the first semester. You must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to continue receiving scholarship funds and abide by our Student Conduct policies in all interactions with members of the Harvard community, both in and out of the classroom. Finally, you are required to complete the FAFSA and Extension School financial aid applications each year in order to remain eligible for the award.


Contact a Predegree & Admissions Advisor by emailing if you have any questions about the application process. You can also join our drop-in Virtual Office Hours hosted on Zoom.