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Graduate Student Summer Tuition Subsidy

The summer tuition subsidy plan has been developed to reduce the cost of a graduate student to a research grant, and to improve the quality of faculty life. It is not intended to enable growth in the size of graduate programs, or to lengthen the time to a degree. Graduate students who are enrolled in a research degree program, and who are not taking courses, will have their summer tuition subsidized (that is, paid from other Institute sources). Candidates for professional degrees will be charged tuition if registered for the summer.

New graduate students, or continuing graduate students in normal resident status during the preceding spring term, who register only for thesis or pre-thesis research credit in the summer term will be eligible for a tuition subsidy from Institute general funds. Each department has created special pre-thesis research subject(s) that are recognized by the Registrar as eligible for the subsidy. In Physics, for example, the subjects 8.391 or 8.392 (Special Problems in Graduate Physics) qualify as pre-thesis subjects, and are therefore eligible for the subsidy.

Graduate students who register for any summer subject other than those recognized by the Registrar as thesis or pre-thesis research subjects will be charged tuition on a per unit basis up to the maximum tuition. Tuition for such subjects may not be charged to research grants.

Graduate students registered in professional programs will pay tuition at the rate established for their particular programs. These programs, as defined by the Provost's Office, are Sloan Master's programs, MEng (except those with internship components), CRE, and ASP.

An intern tuition rate will apply to students registered for structured off-campus internships. This tuition rate (35 percent of the term's tuition) currently applies to EECS 6-A and 6-PA, Chemical Engineering Practice, and LGO programs.

The 2015 summer tuition rates are included in the "Schedule of Fees, 2015-2016" issued by the Office of the Registrar.

Payment Methods

Tuition and fees are payable on or before July 1, 2015.

MIT bills students through an electronic billing system, MITPAY, which offers an electronic payment option. We do not send paper statements. All student account statements are posted on MITPAY on or before the 10th day of each month and payment is due on the first day of the following month. When a student's bill is posted on MITPAY, an email reminder is sent to his or her official MIT email address. To access MITPAY, log in to WebSIS at and use the MITPAY link to view your account and make payments. For more information about MITPAY and other payment methods, visit

Students who plan to attend MIT during the Summer Session are advised to contact Student Financial Services to confirm summer charges. If payment in full cannot be made by July 1, 2015, students have the option of signing up for the MIT Monthly Payment Plan administered by Tuition Management Systems (TMS). The plan allows students to pay their bills in monthly interest-free installments. For more complete information about the plan, visit

Students who have not established an approved payment plan and whose accounts are outstanding after the due date will be considered past due and assessed a late payment fee of 1.5% per month (18% annually) on the outstanding student account balance.

The following charges apply whether a student takes a subject for credit or as a "listener," and regardless of the date the student begins attending classes.


Per unit charge for subjects and undergraduate thesis (regular undergraduates) $488
Per unit charge for subjects (special students) $725
Maximum (undergraduates and special students) $15,460
Continuing and new regular graduate students $15,460
Off-campus internship tuition $5,410
Doctoral thesis, term readmitted after absence as a regular graduate student $34,800
Master/engineer thesis, term readmitted after absence as regular graduate student $23,200
Minimum (regular undergraduates) $2,928
Minimum (MIT community special graduate students and special undergraduates) $4,350
Minimum (non-MIT special graduate students) $6,525
Minimum SB thesis $1,935

Graduate thesis, early completion for students continuing theses from spring term 2015, and for students continuing theses from spring term whose appointments terminate during summer:
Charge per week $1,932
Minimum, except doctoral degree $1,932
Minimum, doctoral degree $3,865
Minimum, continuing student but not registered for thesis in preceding spring term $15,460
Minimum, if returning from nonresident doctoral status $11,600
Subject cancellations and withdrawals, weekly charge (1 week minimum) 1/8 of initial tuition

Financial Aid

Graduate students whose professional programs commence in the summer and would need loans to manage their cost of attendance should fill out a Graduate Loan Application, available on the Student Financial Services website ( Domestic graduate students applying for loans will also need to complete the FAFSA (

MIT does not award need-based aid from institutional sources for undergraduate summer enrollment. Undergraduates who plan to attend Summer Session and are seeking financial aid should contact Student Financial Services at 617-253-4971 or to discuss their options. More information can be found on the Student Financial Services website (

Veterans' Educational Benefits

New and continuing students who expect to receive Veterans' Administration Educational Benefits should visit (undergraduate students) or (graduate students) for updated information, or contact


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