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

Richard Sobol/ GettyHarvard’s tuition has increased steadily over the years.

Back in 1840, Harvard University only cost $US75 a year. Almost 200 years later, the cost of tuition has grown to nearly $US70,000.

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 $US400.

The Boston Globe/ GettyHarvard University in 1930.

The cost of tuition remained the same throughout the Great Depression.


In 1947, the tuition at Harvard increased to $US525.

The Boston Globe/ GettyStudents graduating from Harvard in the 1940s.

Quickly, the university realised 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 $US600.

Jerry Cooke/ GettyStudents at the Harvard University School of Architecture in 1949.

The cost of tuition remained the same until the ’50s.


In 1953, Harvard students saw another increase to $US800.

The Boston Globe/ GettyStudents on Harvard University campus in the ’50s.

Tuition steadily rose throughout the ’50s.


In 1960, Harvard’s tuition was $US1,520.

Dmitri Kessel/ GettyStudents in the Harvard library in the ’60s.

The tuition was a 15% increase from the previous year.


By 1975, Harvard’s tuition had increased to $US5,350.

The Boston Globe/ GettyStudents on Harvard University campus in the 1970s.

It was a $US325 increase from the previous year.


Starting in the ’80s, Harvard’s costs have steadily been on the incline. In 1985, Harvard’s tuition was $US9,500.

The Boston Globe/ GettyHarvard Stadium in 1985.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US14,100.


In 1986, Harvard’s tuition jumped to $US10,266.

Bettmann/ GettyA protest at Harvard in 1986.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US15,100.


In 1987, Harvard’s tuition was $US11,040.

The Boston Globe/ GettyStudents at Harvard in 1987.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US16,145.


In 1988, Harvard’s tuition increased to $US11,645.

The Boston Globe/ GettyA rally at Harvard Law School in 1988.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US17,100.


In 1989, Harvard’s tuition rose to $US12,310.

Steve Liss/ GettyFraternity brothers at Harvard in 1989.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US18,210.


In 1990, Harvard’s tuition was $US13,085.

Brian Hill/ GettyThe Harvard rowing team in 1990.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US19,395.


In 1991, Harvard’s tuition increased to $US13,960.

The Boston Globe/ GettyHarvard Square in 1991.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US20,655.


In 1992, Harvard’s tuition rose to $US14,860.

The Boston Globe/ GettyHarvard Square in 1992.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US22,080.


In 1993, Harvard’s tuition was to $US15,870.

The Boston Globe/ GettyHarvard commencement in 1993.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US23,514.


In 1994, Harvard’s tuition was to $US16,856.

Mark Peterson/ GettyA dorm at Harvard in 1994.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US24,880.


In 1995, Harvard’s tuition increased to $US17,851.

Mark Peterson/ GettyHarvard students at a social event in 1995.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US26,230.


In 1996, Harvard’s tuition jumped to $US18,838.

The Boston Globe/ GettyHarvard students watching the presidential debate in 1996.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US27,575.


In 1997, Harvard’s tuition was $US19,770.

The Boston Globe/ GettyA Harvard vs. Yale football game in 1997.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US28,896.


In 1998, Harvard’s tuition was $US20,600.

The Boston Globe/ GettyClinton supporters at Harvard University protesting his impeachment in 1998.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US30,080.


In 1999, Harvard’s tuition increased to $US21,342.

Star Tribune via Getty ImagesA Harvard hockey game in 1999.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US31,132.


In 2000, Harvard’s tuition increased to $US22,054.

Darren McCollester/ GettyHarvard University in 2000.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US32,164.


In 2001, Harvard’s tuition was bumped up to $US22,694.

The Boston Globe/ GettyA class at Harvard in 2001.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US33,110.


In 2002, Harvard’s tuition increased to $US23,457.

The Boston Globe/ GettyHarvard students celebrating in 2002.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US34,269.


In 2003, Harvard’s tuition was $US24,630.

The Boston Globe/ GettyHarvard Stadium in 2003.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US35,950.


In 2004, Harvard’s tuition jumped to $US26,066.

Porter Gifford/ GettyHarvard University in 2004.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US37,928.


In 2005, Harvard’s tuition rose again to $US27,448.

The Boston Globe/ GettyA rainy Harvard Yard in 2005.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US39,880.


In 2006, Harvard’s tuition was $US28,752.

Christian Science Monitor/ GettyHarvard professors in 2006.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US41,675.


In 2007, Harvard’s tuition was $US30,275.

The Boston Globe/ GettyThe Head of the Charles Regatta in 2007.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US43,655.


In 2008, Harvard’s tuition was bumped up to $US31,456.

The Boston Globe/ GettyHarvard Square in 2008.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US45,620.


In 2009, Harvard’s tuition increased to $US32,557.

Darren McCollester/ GettyHarvard Law School in 2009.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US47,215.


In 2010, Harvard’s tuition was $US33,696.

Mitchell Layton/ GettyHarvard basketball player in 2010.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US48,868.


In 2011, Harvard’s tuition was $US34,976.

The Boston Globe/ GettyHarvard commencement in 2011.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US50,723.


In 2012, Harvard’s tuition increased to $US36,305.

The Boston Globe/ GettyHarvard swimmers in 2012.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US52,652.


In 2013, Harvard’s tuition was $US37,576.

The Boston Globe/ GettyHarvard Stadium in 2013.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US54,496.


In 2014, Harvard’s tuition increased to $US38,891.

Rick Friedman/ GettySenator Elizabeth Warren at Harvard in 2014.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US56,407.


In 2015, Harvard’s tuition spiked to $US40,418.

Maddie Meyer/ GettyFencing at Harvard in 2015.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US58,607.


In 2016, Harvard’s tuition jumped again to $US41,632.

Scott Eisen / GettyHarvard students in 2016.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US60,659.


In 2017, Harvard’s tuition reached $US43,280.

View Pictures/ GettyA classroom at Harvard in 2017.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was $US63,025.


In 2018, Harvard’s tuition reached $US46,340.

Paul Marotta/ GettyHarvard’s 2018 commencement.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard was$US67,580.


In 2019, Harvard’s tuition will reach its highest price tag of $US47,730.

Rick Friedman/ GettyMemorial Hall at Harvard University.

With room and board, the total cost to attend Harvard will be$US69,607.

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