Helpful financial aid resource: IRS Data Retrieval tool

Guest post by Katie Kelsall, a financial aid advisor for Graduate & Health Careers Programs

Even though we’re only half way through the spring term, it is already time to start thinking about the fall! The 2012-13 financial aid application cycle is now open. You can find the 2012-13 Enrollment Plan for Financial Aid form on our website at

In addition to submitting the Enrollment Plan form, you will also need to complete the 2012-13 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at The FAFSA now includes an IRS data retrieval tool, which allows students to import their tax information directly into their FAFSA forms. We highly recommend that students use this tool, if they are able to do so. (more…)

March 12, 2012. Tags: , , , . Calendar. Leave a comment.

Happy birthday Harvard!

This year Harvard celebrates its 375th birthday.

“375, you say!”

Yes, though still enthusiastic and robust, Harvard ages like everyone else and a celebration is in order!

To commemorate 375 years leading America in education, Harvard University is offering a variety of different lectures and events, many free and open to the public. Visit to see all the lectures, exhibits, and other exciting happenings, all in celebration of an important birthday.

Harvard Voices has been updated from its 350th anniversary original release for the 375th celebration. Excerpts from famous Harvard occasions and major addresses, given by notable Harvard graduates or spoken at past Harvard events, are available by download for free.

So cheers to Harvard! Happy birthday!

October 7, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Calendar, In the news. Leave a comment.

6 back to school tips

Welcome back, Extension School community! Whether you’re taking your 5th course or your first, we wish you the very best in your academic pursuits this semester.

Students walk through Harvard Yard on their way to class.

Students walk through Harvard Yard on their way to class.

For any new students, going back to school can be a daunting task, but if Billy Madison did it, than so can you. Feel proud about your decision and excited about what lies ahead.

Here are a few tips and reminders to get you started:

  1. Take advantage of your instructor’s and teaching assistant’s office hours. They are your most valuable resources when it comes to course-specific questions.
  2. Read your syllabi and plan ahead for projects, papers, and exams around any work or family obligations you may have. With the right motivation and energy, balancing all of your responsibilities is possible.
  3. Stay connected and follow us, like us, and watch us all semester long on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
  4. Check out from any web-enabled mobile phone for campus maps, directions, and library hours on the go.
  5. If you have general questions, our staff on the 1st floor of 51 Brattle Street is happy to help you. Call (617) 495-4024, e-mail, or stop by Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 5 pm.
  6. Make any course or credit status changes by the appropriate deadlines.

And if you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for?! Pick a course and register now through September 11.

Now go forth and learn!

August 29, 2011. Tags: , , . Announcements, Calendar, Courses. Leave a comment.

Dates and events to add to your calendar

FREETHINK@HARVARD: Growth Companies—Succeeding Beyond the Start-up Phase

On April 29: Promising young businesses are the engine of our economy and the source of most new jobs, yet most never reach $20 million in revenues. Learn from CEOs who have lived and breathed the experience of growing businesses from $10–50 million and beyond.

2011 Lowell Lecture: The Truth About Getting Sick in America

On May 4: This year’s Lowell Lecture features Timothy Johnson, MD, MPH, one of the nation’s leading communicators of medical healthcare information. His lecture, “The Truth About Getting Sick in America: The Real Problems with Healthcare and What We Can Do,” explores healthcare in the United States.


On May 26: For all you hardworking students out there who will be participating in Commencement this May, make sure you know where to go by looking at the Harvard Extension student Commencement activities. Just a reminder, tickets are not available to the general public.

HESA: graduation event

On May 27: Save the date! Event details coming soon. This will be a special event for new Extension School graduates (save your robe!), alumni, and students. See the HESA website for details as they become available.

April 27, 2011. Calendar, Student groups and activities. Leave a comment.

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