Registration and Enrollment for Resident Students

Resident students are expected to complete the registration process online at the beginning of each term by the deadlines indicated in the Academic Calendar. Registration is completed at

Registration is not complete until students have satisfied all holds placed on their student account in my.harvard and registered full-time (in a minimum of 16 credits) in courses. Failure to clear a hold by the course registration deadline is not, ordinarily, a legitimate reason for a late fee waiver.

Students who do not complete the registration process or submit an application for non-resident status by the stated deadlines in the Academic Calendar may enter lapsed registration status in accordance with the schedule indicated in the Academic Calendar.

Students are required to complete the check-in process online at the opening of each term by the date designated in the academic calendar. A student who fails to complete the check-in process by the deadline may be subject to lapsed registration status and will incur a $50 late check-in fee.

Prior to registering in courses, students should meet with an advisor. Advisors will release the Advising Hold.

Prior to registering, students must have met all funding-related terms and conditions as communicated by the Office of Financial Aid.

To be permitted to register, students must have resolved any of the following holds appearing on their student account in my.harvard.

1. A Financial Hold indicates an unpaid or unaddressed termbill balance. Students should consult the Student Financial Services Office.

2. A Medical Hold indicates a student has not submitted required immunization documents to Medical Records at Harvard University Health Services.

3. An HIO Hold indicates that an international student has not presented the necessary credentials to the Harvard International Office.

4. An Admissions Hold indicates that required official transcripts have not been submitted to the Office of Admissions.

5. A Title IX Training Hold indicates that the required training has not been completed.

6. A Registration Survey Hold indicates that the assigned survey has not been submitted.

Any student that submits their registration after the Course Registration deadline will incur a charge of $40.00 per week until the registration is submitted.

Students enrolling after the course registration deadline will need to follow the "add' process, meaning that the permission of each instructor is required.

The Graduate School may condition a student's enrollment on certain terms or conditions, as set forth in written contract between the Graduate School and the student as outlined in "Leaves of Absence," Chapter V.

Students who know in advance that their academic work will delay their return to Cambridge more than one month past registration should file an application for non-resident status in accordance with noted deadlines.

A student registering late for a term is charged tuition from the beginning of the term.

Students with non-resident status for the fall term or spring term who are returning for the subsequent term following completion of their status must register and enroll online as a resident student by the deadlines indicated in the Academic Calendar.

At the time of registration, Voter Registration Affidavit forms will be available for those students who wish to register to vote in Massachusetts. Students may also obtain information on voter registration online. 

Special Students and Visiting Fellows may be required to adhere to variations in these policies. Such modifications are set by the Special Students and Visiting Fellows Office.