Allston-Brighton Harvard Extension School Community Scholars Program

Harvard Ed Portal members, who are at least 18 years old, are eligible to apply for tuition waivers for the undergraduate or graduate certificate programs at the Harvard Extension School. Once accepted, Harvard will provide awardees with one course tuition waiver per semester (fall and spring) until the certificate is earned. In order to remain eligible, the awardee must remain in good standing and complete all requirements of the award.

The Harvard Extension School currently offers 4 undergraduate certificates, which require 3 courses for completion, and there is no application process:

  • Coding

  • Web Development

  • Business Communications

  • Social Justice

The Extension School also offers over 40 graduate certificates in a variety of subjects. Each certificate requires 4-5 courses for completion. There are no application requirements.

When submitting the application for tuition waivers, applicants must indicate which certificate program they are interested in pursuing.

For more information about these certificate programs, please visit the Harvard Extension School's official website.


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Scholarship Details

Application Deadline: The application for Fall 2022 has passed.

Offering: Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate Programs through the Harvard Extension School. Full tuition waiver for one course per fall and spring semester as long as the student continues to meet the eligibility requirements below.

Eligibility: Allston-Brighton residents who are age 18+. Applicants must complete a free application for a free membership to the Harvard Ed Portal.

Decision Notification: Recipients will be notified by email from the Harvard Ed Portal the week of July 18. The Ed Portal will also send out a detailed email to all recipients with instructions on how to register at that time.

Selection Process: Up to 10 awardees will be selected by a Review Committee, which is made up of residents, Harvard staff, and local nonprofit representatives.

Commitment: Allston-Brighton residents will be asked to sign a letter of understanding agreeing to the following:

  • Responsible for registering for the courses each semester (complete all necessary steps as per the Harvard Extension School website)
  • Meet all certificate requirements, including earning a grade of B or above in each course
  • Communicate any issues to the Harvard Ed Portal that prevent them from taking or completing a course
  • Commit to semester-based reporting to the Ed Portal that includes courses taken and transcripts
  • Complete the certificate program within 3 years

Partners: The Harvard Extension School.

Please note: Preference will be given to individuals who are applying for undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. The waivers will cover the cost of the certificate program.

Extension School


Application Deadline:
The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed.