Updated: 3/13/2020

Considering these extraordinary circumstances, there is a temporary funding assistance program available through Harvard University Health Services. 

Members and their dependents may apply for financial support from the Harvard University Health Services Medical Care-Cost Sharing Assistance fund for care received on or after March 16th through July 31st, 2020. To be eligible for this funding assistance program:

  • You must be enrolled in both components of the Harvard University Student Health Program (Student Health Fee + Student Health Insurance Plan)
  • The required minimum amount of out of pocket medical costs to apply for this assistance is $500.00 (Pharmacy costs are ineligible for this fund)
  • The maximum amount awarded per student will be $1,200.00
  • Medical care must have occurred between March 16th -July 31st, 2020

The fund may be available to use towards covered medical services where cost sharing applies such as:

  • Copayments or co-insurance for diagnostic/specialist office visits, outpatient mental health visits, Emergency Room or inpatient admission, outpatient surgery, diagnostic high-tech imaging, short-term rehabilitation therapy, and other covered services.

Members must submit their application by July 31st, 2020 of this plan year for care received between March 16th- July 31st, 2020. The maximum award amount per student is $1,200.00. Apply for financial support from the HUHS Medical Care-Cost Sharing Assistance fund! Submission information is provided on the application.

Contact the HUHS Patient Advocate or call 617-495-7583 to learn more about this temporary funding assistance option.


Members may apply for financial support from the Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) Medical Hardship Fund. Members include students, affiliates, and their dependents enrolled in both components of the Harvard University Student Health Program (the Student Health Fee and the Student Health Insurance Plan), and have their care coordinated by an HUHS clinician. The Fund may be available to use towards:

  • Eligible expenses, including the allowable cost of diagnostic/specialist visits beyond the six-visit limit for medically necessary care not available at HUHS (e.g., cardiology, oncology, liver, and kidney disease). 
  • Inpatient admission or outpatient surgery when performed in a higher cost share hospital, but only when the service received at the higher cost share hospital was non-elective and coordinated by a Harvard University Health Services clinician. In this case, a portion of the copay differential between the higher and lower cost share hospitals may be covered.

Members must describe their financial hardship by July 31 of the plan year for which they are requesting support. The maximum amount available is $5,000 per academic year.  

Contact the HUHS Patient Advocate at (617) 495-7583 to learn more about the Medical Hardship Fund or if you have questions about navigating the HUHS healthcare system.