Accepting Credit Cards as Payment

Harvard University accepts credit cards as payment from external parties for certain goods, services, or gifts. Harvard mandates that all credit card-accepting local units, called “merchants,” do the following:

  1. For one-time sales, use the University’s approved credit card processing vendor.
  2. For ongoing sales, request set up through the central Cash Management office and comply with the credit card industry standards, University guidelines and annual certifications as set forth in the University Credit Card Merchant Handbook.

All Harvard University schools, tubs, local units, Affiliate Institutions must comply with the official University policy governing credit card payments. This includes Allied Institutions and University-wide Initiatives that process, store or transmit cardholder data or plan to outsource the process, storage or transmission of cardholder data.

Set up a Merchant Account