We work closely with all families who qualify for financial aid to develop an individual affordability plan tailored to their financial circumstances.
one of seven
Our commitment to financial aid
We are one of only seven colleges in the U.S. that is <a href="/glossary#term-need-blind-admissions">Need blind</a> means that we don’t consider your ability to pay for college in the admissions process; <a href="/glossary#term-full-need">full need</a> means we are committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need with our aid. for all of our undergraduate students, domestic and international. About six out of every 10 students receive MIT need-based aid. The average annual price paid by a student who received financial aid was 2020–2021 is the last year for which we have full data. This number includes Pell grants and scholarship grants from non-MIT sources. for the 2020–2021 academic year. And for most students with family incomes under $140,000 a year (and typical assets), we ensure that scholarship funding will allow them to attend MIT Tuition-free means your MIT Scholarship covers at least the cost of MIT’s tuition.
How our financial aid helps families
We plan to award $155.2 million in MIT need-based scholarships in 2021–2022, compared to the $127.6 million awarded in 2020–2021.
57% of full-time undergraduates received an MIT Scholarship during the 2020–2021 academic year. Among those, the average family contribution after student Term-time work means work that you do <i>during</i> the school year, and is considered a part of your financial aid award by a suggested amount on your award letter. This is separate from your summer earnings expectation. Not everyone decides to take advantage of work opportunities during the school year, and some choose to meet their term-time work amount by using outside scholarships or grants (including Pell Grants), or student loans. and loans was $15,524.
28% of undergraduates received scholarships and grants equal to or greater than tuition. Their remaining expenses were covered by their family or by the students themselves, through paid work or student loans. For families with incomes less than or equal to $90,000, reliance on student loans averaged $4,362 per student.
MIT Scholarship information based on family income range
The chart below shows how we award an MIT Scholarship based on your family’s income and assets. MIT Scholarships are grants that do not need to be repaid, and about 60% of undergraduates received one last year. The average net cost is the amount of money you will still need to pay toward your education. Families choose how to pay for their MIT education in a variety of ways, including from income and savings, outside scholarships, student employment, and federal loans.
|Income range||Applicants who received MIT Scholarship||Average MIT Scholarship||What it covers||Average net cost|
|Under $65,000||99%||$71,608||Tuition, fees, housing, dining, books, supplies, and $608 toward personal expenses||$4,839
34% of students with a family income under $65,000 attend MIT with the full cost of attendance covered
|98%||$63,453||Tuition, fees, and $9,663 toward housing costs||$10,937|
|98%||$58,617||Tuition, fees, and $4,827 toward housing costs||$15,676|
|94%||$47,700||89% of tuition||$26,295|
|89%||$34,398||64% of tuition||$39,508|
|Over $225,000||51%||$22,326||42% of tuition||$51,548|
The above information is from the 2019–2020 academic year. It more accurately reflects a typical year of financial aid at MIT, as the 2020–2021 year varied due to Covid-19.
work and loans
How work and loans contribute
We do not expect any undergraduate to take out a loan. We do, however, expect that students share in the commitment to their education. Rather than borrow, most students opt to work during the academic year. At MIT, this work often provides students not only a way to help pay for college but also with world-class research experience. Through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, 93% of MIT undergraduates work on paid research projects before they graduate.
At MIT, eight in 10 undergraduate students graduated debt-free, compared to the According to the last available <a href="https://ticas.org/our-work/student-debt/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">data</a> from The Institute for College Access & Success. of three in 10.
When MIT students do borrow, their debt at graduation is considerably lower than the national average. Only 18% of the Class of 2021 graduated with debt. They graduated with an average debt of $26,160—7.9% less than the national average. Based on the most recent data, college graduates who borrowed owed an average of $28,400 in loans at graduation.
- Need blind means that we don’t consider your ability to pay for college in the admissions process; full need means we are committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need with our aid. back to text ↑
- 2020–2021 is the last year for which we have full data. This number includes Pell grants and scholarship grants from non-MIT sources. back to text ↑
- Tuition-free means your MIT Scholarship covers at least the cost of MIT’s tuition. back to text ↑
- Term-time work means work that you do during the school year, and is considered a part of your financial aid award by a suggested amount on your award letter. This is separate from your summer earnings expectation. Not everyone decides to take advantage of work opportunities during the school year, and some choose to meet their term-time work amount by using outside scholarships or grants (including Pell Grants), or student loans. back to text ↑
- According to the last available data from The Institute for College Access & Success. back to text ↑