Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate Tuition and Living Expenses

Nine months’ tuition and fees for 2017–2018 are $49,892.* In addition, undergraduate room and board is approximately $14,720 depending on the student’s housing and dining arrangements. Books and personal expenses are about $2,818.

Undergraduate Financial Aid

Selected Undergraduate Financial Aid Statistics, 2016–2017
** Cost of attendance minus MIT scholarships averaged across all undergraduates.
Average need-based MIT scholarship $42,801
Average need-based financial aid award $49,317
Students awarded a need-based MIT scholarship 57%
Students attending tuition-free 35%
Class of 2016 graduates with no student loan debt 71%
Average student loan debt for those who borrowed $19,819
Average term-time earnings for those who worked $3,496

The Institute’s undergraduate financial aid program ensures that an MIT education is accessible to all qualified candidates regardless of their financial circumstances. MIT provides financial aid to meet the full price of an MIT education, based on the calculated financial need of the family. In 2016–2017, 90% of undergraduates received $143.3 million in financial aid from all sources, with MIT being the largest source. For students with a family income under $80,000, the Institute ensures that scholarship funding from all sources will allow them to attend MIT tuition-free.

Financial need is the difference between the price to attend MIT and the family’s ability to finance that price, which is determined using information parents provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile. The first $3,400 of financial need is met with an offer of a student loan/term-time job. The remaining need, if any, is met with an MIT scholarship. Students receiving scholarships and grants from sources outside MIT may use this financial aid to replace the student loan/term-time job.

Graduate Tuition and Living Expenses

Graduate students generally incur greater expenses than undergraduates. Most attend the Institute for a calendar year rather than an academic year, increasing the cost of tuition. In 2017–2018, nine months’ tuition and fees are $49,892 (specific programs and departments may have different tuition amounts).* Summer term tuition in 2017 was approximately $16,510 for students enrolled in courses.

MIT’s residential system can accommodate 38% of its graduate students; the rest find housing in the Boston/Cambridge area. Graduate students’ costs for housing, food, books, medical insurance, and incidentals vary widely, depending on marital status, quality-of-life expectations, and housing arrangements. For example, monthly charges for on-campus housing range from $700 to $1,926 for single students and from $1,403 to $2,075 for family housing.

Graduate Financial Aid

Financial aid for graduate students is in large part provided by individual departments, and the amount of aid varies significantly. Financial support includes fellowships, traineeships, teaching and research assistantships, and loans. Most forms of support are granted for merit, while others are granted for financial need or a combination of merit and need.

Doctoral Student Support, by Type and School, 2016-2017
  RA FE TA Other or none
RA=research assistantship, FE=fellowship, TA=teaching assistantship
Architecture and Planning 52% 17% 19% 11%
Engineering 60% 20% 8% 11%
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences 26% 35% 19% 19%
Management 42% 39% 16% 4%
Science 48% 34% 15% 2%
Doctoral Total 53% 26% 12% 9%

* Tuition rates are set by the Academic Council in the spring for the following academic year.