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Update August 17:

To learn more about MIT’s changes to the fall 2020 cost of attendance as well as the Covid-era grant, please see our 2020 financial support page and our expanded FAQ page. You can also read more about the evolving policies and other key questions related to MIT’s COVID-19 response.

How graduate funding works: Overview of funding

At the graduate level, financial aid is largely decentralized, as available funds are managed directly by departments.

Funding is usually available from each individual department to support doctoral students for the cost of full tuition, stipend, and health insurance for the duration of their time at MIT. Funding for master-level students is more limited, and depends greatly on the program of study, so students may be required to seek out their own sources of funding or utilize student loans.

Graduate funding may take the form of research, instructor, and teaching assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, scholarships, grants, and/or other forms of employment, such as working as a resident tutor in an undergraduate residence.

Please note

Applicants are considered for awards after they have been accepted into a graduate program. There is no separate application for financial aid prior to admission for any program of study.


MIT provides assistance to graduate students experiencing financial hardships, and has established new ranges to stipends and changes to health insurance rates and plan benefits, plus additional summer opportunities and resources, for internships, jobs, research, and other opportunities for graduate students, undergraduates, and post-docs.

Hardship funds awarded are tax-reportable income and may reduce eligibility for educational loans. If you want to explore how a fund of this type would impact you, please contact us to discuss your options.