Here’s how the cost of Harvard has changed throughout the years

Harvard's tuition has increased steadily over the years.

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Harvard’s tuition has increased steadily over the years.
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Back in 1840, Harvard University only cost $75 a year. Almost 200 years later, the cost of tuition has grown to nearly $70,000.

The university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has long been drawing some of the world’s greatest minds into its lecture halls and dormitories. But as class size grew, so did the cost to attend.

Starting in the 1930s, this is how much it costs to be a student at Harvard.


In 1930, Harvard’s tuition was just $400.

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Harvard University in 1930.
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The cost of tuition remained the same throughout the Great Depression.


In 1947, the tuition at Harvard increased to $525.

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Students graduating from Harvard in the 1940s.
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Quickly, the university realized that it could not operate on a fixed-tuition rate and fundraising, so they decided to increase the cost.


In 1949, the tuition went up again to $600.

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Students at the Harvard University School of Architecture in 1949.
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The cost of tuition remained the same until the ’50s.


In 1953, Harvard students saw another increase to $800.

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Students on Harvard University campus in the ’50s.
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Tuition steadily rose throughout the ’50s.


In 1960, Harvard’s tuition was $1,520.

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Students in the Harvard library in the ’60s.
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The tuition was a 15% increase from the previous year.


By 1975, Harvard’s tuition had increased to $5,350.

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Students on Harvard University campus in the 1970s.
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It was a $325 increase from the previous year.


Starting in the ’80s, Harvard’s costs have steadily been on the incline. In 1985, Harvard’s tuition was $9,500.

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Harvard Stadium in 1985.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $14,100.


In 1986, Harvard’s tuition jumped to $10,266.

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A protest at Harvard in 1986.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $15,100.


In 1987, Harvard’s tuition was $11,040.

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Students at Harvard in 1987.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $16,145.


In 1988, Harvard’s tuition increased to $11,645.

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A rally at Harvard Law School in 1988.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $17,100.


In 1989, Harvard’s tuition rose to $12,310.

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Fraternity brothers at Harvard in 1989.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $18,210.


In 1990, Harvard’s tuition was $13,085.

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The Harvard rowing team in 1990.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $19,395.


In 1991, Harvard’s tuition increased to $13,960.

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Harvard Square in 1991.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $20,655.


In 1992, Harvard’s tuition rose to $14,860.

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Harvard Square in 1992.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $22,080.


In 1993, Harvard’s tuition was to $15,870.

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Harvard commencement in 1993.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $23,514.


In 1994, Harvard’s tuition was to $16,856.

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A dorm at Harvard in 1994.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $24,880.


In 1995, Harvard’s tuition increased to $17,851.

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Harvard students at a social event in 1995.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $26,230.


In 1996, Harvard’s tuition jumped to $18,838.

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Harvard students watching the presidential debate in 1996.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $27,575.


In 1997, Harvard’s tuition was $19,770.

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A Harvard vs. Yale football game in 1997.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $28,896.


In 1998, Harvard’s tuition was $20,600.

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Clinton supporters at Harvard University protesting his impeachment in 1998.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $30,080.


In 1999, Harvard’s tuition increased to $21,342.

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A Harvard hockey game in 1999.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $31,132.


In 2000, Harvard’s tuition increased to $22,054.

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Harvard University in 2000.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $32,164.


In 2001, Harvard’s tuition was bumped up to $22,694.

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A class at Harvard in 2001.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $33,110.


In 2002, Harvard’s tuition increased to $23,457.

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Harvard students celebrating in 2002.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $34,269.


In 2003, Harvard’s tuition was $24,630.

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Harvard Stadium in 2003.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $35,950.


In 2004, Harvard’s tuition jumped to $26,066.

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Harvard University in 2004.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $37,928.


In 2005, Harvard’s tuition rose again to $27,448.

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A rainy Harvard Yard in 2005.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $39,880.


In 2006, Harvard’s tuition was $28,752.

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Harvard professors in 2006.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $41,675.


In 2007, Harvard’s tuition was $30,275.

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The Head of the Charles Regatta in 2007.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $43,655.


In 2008, Harvard’s tuition was bumped up to $31,456.

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Harvard Square in 2008.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $45,620.


In 2009, Harvard’s tuition increased to $32,557.

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Harvard Law School in 2009.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $47,215.


In 2010, Harvard’s tuition was $33,696.

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Harvard basketball player in 2010.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $48,868.


In 2011, Harvard’s tuition was $34,976.

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Harvard commencement in 2011.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $50,723.


In 2012, Harvard’s tuition increased to $36,305.

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Harvard swimmers in 2012.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $52,652.


In 2013, Harvard’s tuition was $37,576.

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Harvard Stadium in 2013.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $54,496.


In 2014, Harvard’s tuition increased to $38,891.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren at Harvard in 2014.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $56,407.


In 2015, Harvard’s tuition spiked to $40,418.

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Fencing at Harvard in 2015.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $58,607.


In 2016, Harvard’s tuition jumped again to $41,632.

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Harvard students in 2016.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $60,659.


In 2017, Harvard’s tuition reached $43,280.

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A classroom at Harvard in 2017.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $63,025.


In 2018, Harvard’s tuition reached $46,340.

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Harvard’s 2018 commencement.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $67,580.


In 2019, Harvard’s tuition will reach its highest price tag of $47,730.

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Memorial Hall at Harvard University.
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With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard will be $69,607.