Scholarships and grants are gift aid that you do not have to repay.

MIT undergraduates receive need-based scholarships and grants from MIT, the federal government, state governments, as well as scholarships and grants from private (outside) sources that may be need-based or merit-based.

Federal Grants

MIT administers four federal grant programs you’ll automatically be considered for when you apply for financial aid each year. If you’re eligible, we include these federal grants in your aid package: on the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants.

State Grants

Some states have their own financial aid programs, including need-based grants and merit-based scholarships. If you’re a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you may qualify for financial aid from your home state, which you can then use to study at MIT. If you’re eligible for one of these state grants, we will include it in your aid award once we receive the funds from your state.

Private Scholarships and Grants

There are many private scholarships and grants you can seek on your own. Reach out to the groups you have been involved in to see if they may offer private scholarships. If you receive one, we use it to replace your self-help before we reduce your MIT scholarship. There are many free scholarship search engines that you are encouraged to use. However, you should never pay for a scholarship search service.

Some suggested sites:

Outside Award Reply Form

Please fill out our Outside Award Reply Form to update us on any scholarships or grants you receive that are not listed on your most recent award notification so we may include them in your financial aid award.