Over the past fifteen years, Harvard College has welcomed increasing numbers of first-generation and/or low-income college students. As of the 2018-19 academic year:
- Over 15% of Harvard College students are first generation college students, which means that they are in the first generation of their family to attain a four-year college degree.
- Harvard admission is need-blind and financial aid is entirely need-based.
- About 55% of Harvard College students receive need-based financial aid.
- Approximately 20% of Harvard College students come from families making less than $65,000 per year. Their families pay nothing for their children to attend.
- As part of their need-based aid packages, students are expected to work 10-12 hours per week during the academic year to meet the term-time work expectation, which usually ranges from $3,000-3,500 per year.
- About 77-79% of undergrads work term-time at some point during their four years at the College.
- Please also visit the Harvard College Griffin Financial Aid Office for more information about financial aid.
This page provides guidance for faculty to ensure that Harvard classrooms and concentrations are a space for first-generation and low-income students to thrive. Moreover, the practices recommended here will support the success of all students, regardless of background.
Click on each category below to learn more about our recommendations for inclusive practices.