Frequently Asked Questions


+ Who runs the program?

In 1957, a group of Harvard students came together and invested in the model, “for students, by students". Since then, this small group of undergrads has grown from makeshift businesses out of their dorm rooms to Harvard Student Agencies (HSA), the largest student-run company in the world. (yes, we were pre-Mark Zuckerberg!). Today, HSA is the largest employer of students on Harvard's campus.

HSA Tutoring is a non-profit division of Harvard Student Agencies, and our mission is to provide high-quality tutoring to students in the Boston area and beyond at the most affordable prices. Our core service is private tutoring for any standardized test (SAT, ACT, AP, IB, SAT II, etc) or academic subject, provided in-person or online. We also provide small group courses in ACT and SAT prep, personalized college essay prep, and pre-professional programs for high school students held at Harvard.

All of our tutors are current Harvard students and all profits go straight back into student wages, so you know where your money is going, always.

+ How many students are in a session of SPA?

There are 30 students per session of SPA.

+ Where is SPA held?

SPA will be held in Harvard University buildings on the campus in Cambridge, MA..

+ What is your relationship to Harvard? Is this an official Harvard program?

Harvard Student Agencies is one of the student organizations on the Harvard campus. Our summer program is not an official program of Harvard University, however, we bring Harvard professors and undergraduates to teach, are located on the Harvard campus and all program components are ran by current Harvard students.

+ Do I need any educational background?

SPA is designed for all levels of experience! No experience is necessary, and you will still have a lot to learn if you have some experience. In fact, you will find that SPA complements your studies well.


+ How much is the tuition?

Tuition for the program is $750.

+ What does my tuition cover?

Program tuition covers the cost of instruction, lunch, course materials and snacks.

+ How does financial aid work?

Financial aid is strictly need-based and awarded on a case by case basis. The financial aid application can be found here.

+ Do you offer merit-based scholarships?

No. All our financial aid is awarded on the basis of need.

+ Do you cover travel costs and other expenses?

Unfortunately we are unable to provide financial aid beyond the cost of tuition. We do have a fundraising guide for students that outlines how you can raise money to contribute to covering your program cost.


+ Who is eligible to attend the program?

SPA is for high school students from the ages of 14-18. Our students range from rising sophomores to graduating seniors.

+ What if I am taking a gap year, younger or older than the age limit etc?

You can communicate individual circumstances via email to


+ What do I need to apply?

You can apply by filling out our application here.

+ When do I hear back about my application?

Applications are processed on a rolling basis and you will hear back from us in 1-2 weeks after sending in your application.


+ Where do students live?

SPA is a 9-to-5 program which means that we do not have housing available. Students who are not from the Boston area often stay in hotels or Airbnbs with their parents. We are happy to assist you in the search for accomodations near the program location.

+ Is lunch provided?

Yes! Your tuition covers your lunch. We cater from restaurants in Harvard Square that are staples of the Harvard experience We accommodate to dietary restrictions and allergies. Please let us know early on by sending an email to