Our application fee is $100 USD and may be paid by credit card, check, or money order. Checks and money orders must be in U.S. dollars, made payable to Harvard University, and mailed to the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid. We strongly encourage you to pay online.

The fee cannot be refunded if you submit an incomplete application.

Application Fee Waivers

The application fee may be waived for participants or alumni of certain programs, as well as applicants who require a waiver in order to apply. If you are affiliated with one of the programs below or need a fee waiver for any reason, you will be asked to submit a fee waiver form found on the application status page after you submit your application.

Application fee waivers are available to applicants who are affiliated with the following special programs:

  • Americorps (current volunteers only)
  • Crown Prince Frederick Fellows
  • Kennedy Trust Fellows
  • Peace Corps Volunteers (current volunteers only)
  • Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellows
  • PPIA Fellows
  • PPLC Alumni
  • Rangel Foreign Affairs Fellows
  • Teach for America (currently serving)
  • U.S. Air Force Officers
  • U.S. Coast Guard Officers

We may confirm your participation with your program.

Please keep in mind that receiving a fee waiver does not guarantee your ability to receive financial assistance to attend HKS. Review our financial aid website for detailed information on the funding opportunities available through HKS and outside entities.