We admit the most talented undergraduate students in the world through need-blind admissions. Once you're admitted, we meet your full financial need for all four years of your undergraduate career. We stand ready to assist you in finding a way to bring the cost of an MIT education within your reach.
Many graduate students are eligible to receive one or more forms of financial assistance in the course of their degree programs. Graduate students should view our information on graduate financial aid.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is any funding that helps to finance your college expenses. This aid usually comes from a variety of sources and can include grants or scholarships (gift aid), student loans (repaid aid) and work opportunities (earned and contributed aid).

At MIT the largest source of undergraduate financial aid is the MIT scholarship, a need-based grant. These are packaged based on your family’s ability to contribute towards the price of your education.

For more information view the details on this page and our Affording Your MIT Education publication.

Qualifying for Aid

We use information from your application: the FAFSA, CSS PROFILE and other documents to calculate your financial need. We award aid to equal your need.

Calculating your individual package

Student Expenses $70,2401
Expected Family Contribution
Financial Need / Awarded Aid

We take our estimate of the price to attend MIT for one year and subtract your expected family contribution to arrive at your financial need. Your financial need is equal to your awarded aid.

1 Student Expenses for academic year 2018–2019.


Tuition & Fees
Housing & Meals (you may spend more or less depending on your individual expenses)
Out-of-pocket expenses (not billed, but what you can expect to spend)
Total student expense budget (all estimated expenses)

Expected family contribution

The amount that parents and the student are expected to contribute toward the student’s college expenses. We use a variation of the College Board's methodology to determine eligibility for MIT undergraduate scholarships and the  Federal Methodology to determine eligibility for federal student financial assistance for undergraduate students.

The expected parental contribution

We assess a parental contribution based on your family’s financial circumstances. We carefully review each application individually to make sure you receive the award that is right for you.

Student effort

Part of each family’s expected family contribution is a student contribution from income and assets. For most undergraduates, the student contribution is the minimum summer earnings expectation of $2,000.


As a student, part of your financial aid award is an expectation to contribute over and above the contribution from summer earnings. The first $3,400 of your financial need is designated as self-help because you are expected to meet this amount through a combination of outside scholarships or grants (including Pell Grants), student loans or term-time work earnings. If your need is greater than $3,400, we award an MIT scholarship to you.

Although we encourage MIT students to consider term-time work as one of the ways to meet their self-help, some students prefer maximizing their student loan eligibility.

Apply for Aid

Now that you know how it works, get ready to apply. You must apply for aid each year that you attend MIT.



February 15

Prospective undergraduates (first-year students and transfers)

April 15

Enrolled undergraduates