FAQs--Frequently Asked Questions about FUP

When is FUP? 

FUP runs from Wednesday August 21st to Monday, August 26th,  2019. Applications will be accepted starting in April, 2019. If you find out earlier about your admissions status;  you still have to wait until April for the applications. 

What will we do during FUP?

The programming of FUP is designed to meet two aspects of our mission statement.

The first aspect is service. During FUP, you’ll volunteer in groups at one of several worksites in Boston. These worksites cater to specific needs within the greater Boston area – in the past, we’ve had worksite groups at community centers, grassroots organizations, clothing exchanges, and local schools. This is a chance for you to bond with fellow students while engaging in hands-on community work.

The second aspect is activism and social justice. You will hear from numerous guest speakers and panelists on contemporary social issues in the Boston community, such as homelessness and workers’ rights. In addition to your worksite group, you will be placed into a discussion group, which will give you a setting to critically examine articles within the reading packet and the issues raised by the programming of FUP. Finally, there will be activities that will equip you with the tools necessary to succeed in the academic, social, and activist spaces at Harvard.

Of course, we’ll also have plenty of fun, engaging activities throughout FUP, including tours of Harvard and Boston, evening excursions to Yogurtland, dance parties, and a talent show! Get ready! These will be the best six best days of your summer!

What does it cost to attend FUP? 

Our goal is to keep FUP financially accessible to all. To meet this goal, we have a voluntary program fee, which means, participants are asked to pay what they feel they can afford. If you are part of the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI), you do not need to pay a fee. 

There are expenses during the week for which participants should be prepared: 7 day MBTA or T (that is the name of our public transportation system) pass ($22), dinner out in Cambridge ($20) and any personal expenses (i.e. if you choose to buy coffee/beverage or buy snacks on your own). Please note that the price of T-passes may rise in July 2019. In general, you should expect to spend up to $50 during the program. For those who are eligible for a start-up grant, please contact the Financial Aid office to find out how to get early access to those funds. You should use that grant during pre-orientation. 

Currently, FUP is funded through a combination of grants from foundations and corporations, individual donations from alumni and freidns, and voluntary program fees. You will receive more information about the voluntary fee once your participation is confirmed.

I’m coming a day or two early; can I still bring my things with me?

Unless it is absolutely necessary, like there are no other flights that arrive prior to the first day of FUP please do not arrive early. We simply will not have the dorm rooms ready at that time. If you need to arrive early, contact us via email and we will figure things out on a case by case basis. 

How does move-out day work?

Bright and early on Monday, August 26th, all FUPpies will be placing their belongings into several loading trucks. Later that day, you all will unpack into your term-time dorms. This is a day earlier than the general student body so to be fair and start off your relatonship with your new roomies well--  wait until they arrive to claim a bed and closet. 

Is there gender neutral housing for FUP?

FUP offers gender neutral housing! If this applies to you, please indicate when you register for housing.

Is FUP accessible?

FUP is committed to making every aspect of the program accessible. Every year we do have worksites that offer service opportunities that do not involve physical labor (like research, data analysis and data entry or sorting) and are accessible.

Please be aware that FUP days are very busy; and  activities are based all over Boston, Cambridge and the Harvard campus.  You should be comfortable getting to and from locations can be up to 15 minutes walking distance apart.  All activities will be adjusted for time so that all can participate. Public transportation can accommodate wheelchairs and there are elevators at each stop, and Harvard shuttles can assist when on campus. If we know ahead of time, we can plan accordingly and choose locations that are closer. 

If you have questions, please contact Harvard's Accessible Education Office and learn more about accessibility at Harvard Accessibility office (http://aeo.fas.harvard.edu/). Get in touch with the Harvard Accessibility Office as soon as you find out you will be attending a pre-orientation program.  

Other questions not yet answered?

This page is being continually updated to reflect and answer any frequently asked questions. If you still have a question, please email us at harvardfup@gmail.com. Thanks!