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Apply for aid: FAFSA

The U.S. government determines the amount of federal student aid (grants, loans, and work-study) you qualify for using the FAFSA. We then disburse these funds to your student account.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a required form used to provide all federal aid, including grants, loans, and work-study. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents may submit a FAFSA.

What you need

  • For the 2019–2020 application, you need your parents’ 2017 federal income tax returns, W-2s, other records of money earned, bank statements, records of investments, and records of untaxed income.
  • If possible, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (found on the FAFSA) to autofill questions using data from the IRS. This will save you time and extra work later if you are selected for verification.
  • Please designate MIT as one of your recipients using Federal Code 002178.
Start the FAFSA now →

Good to know

If you think you will not qualify for MIT need-based aid and would like to apply for federal aid only, please complete the FAFSA and email01 Please note this request can't come from families and must come directly from the student.    sfs@mit.edu to let us know you don’t wish to complete the other application requirements.

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