At Harvard Kennedy School, we apply a “modest but livable” standard when determining the student budget or cost of attendance. We estimate your monthly living expenses will be about $2,900. This may require you to live more modestly, have roommates and cook more meals at home.
The student budget applies only to the current academic year.
Student Budget Calculator
We urge you to use our Student Budget Calculator to help map out your finances for the academic year
We realize you may incur expenses before the academic year gets underway, but they cannot be included in your cost of attendance. For example, if a two-year student has a lease with Harvard University Housing beginning in July, her July and August rent payments cannot be included in her cost of attendance.
See the listing below for expenses that can and cannot be included in your cost of attendance.
|Tuition and fees||Credit card payments|
|Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)||Dependent care, excluding child daycare|
|HUHS Student Health Fee (SHF)||Expenses before the academic year|
|HKS activity fee||Gym memberships|
|Books and supplies||Smartphones, iPads, tablets|
|Child daycare||Travel unrelated to coursework|
|Local travel, excluding car/car insurance payments|
|Personal computer for coursework|
|Unreimbursed medical expenses (from academic year)|