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Cost and affordability: Cost of attendance

The annual student budget is the total price of an MIT education—per student, per year.

The estimated cost of attendance for the 2019–20 academic year is $73,160. 01 Note that this number is actually much lower than what it <a href="https://sfs.mit.edu/undergraduate-students/the-cost-of-attendance/how-much-it-costs/">costs MIT to educate students</a>.   However, you should know that most students pay far less because of our need-based financial aid.

89% of our students receive some type of financial aid including scholarships and work. And the average annual price paid by a student who receives financial aid is about $23,000. Read more about how we help you afford MIT.

Estimated cost of attendance

We use the budget below for every student who applies for financial aid. It is a (nearly)02 Note: this budget does not include travel allowances, which are assessed based on personal address<em>.</em>   comprehensive schedule of costs and fees associated with an MIT education for those who don’t receive any aid.

Expense Cost Description
Tuition $53,450 It actually costs over double this amount for MIT to provide the cutting-edge research facilities and faculty to undergraduates, but we subsidize it down to this cost. This also includes basic health insurance03 Massachusetts state law requires full health coverage for MIT students, which many meet with the <a href="https://medical.mit.edu/my-mit/new-students/extended-insurance">Extended Insurance Plan</a>. However, if you already have full coverage, then you don’t need to buy anything more or different.   for the state of Massachusetts and will give you urgent care visits, mental health, and specialist care at no extra cost.
Student life fee $340 This helps fund student clubs, organizations, and the sports and fitness center. This fee covers your unlimited access to the gym, fitness classes, student organization events, and trips.
Housing $10,430 All first-year students are required to live on campus, but residence halls and living groups vary in cost. We’ll bill you in July for half of the most expensive double room on campus ($10,430), then adjust it based on your actual housing cost in September. Learn more at MIT Housing.
Meals $5,960 There are multiple dining plan options (including cooking for yourself), but for the purposes of figuring out your financial aid eligibility, we budget $5,960 per year for meals. Learn more at MIT Dining.
Books & supplies $820 This out-of-pocket expense can vary depending on the student, but we use this number to calculate your financial aid eligibility.
Personal expenses $2,160 This out-of-pocket expense varies a lot depending on the student, but we use this number to calculate your financial aid eligibility. This covers things like clothes, laundry, and entertainment.
Total $73,160 This is the “full” price, before any aid.

 

  1. Note that this number is actually much lower than what it costs MIT to educate students. back to text
  2. Note: this budget does not include travel allowances, which are assessed based on personal address. back to text
  3. Massachusetts state law requires full health coverage for MIT students, which many meet with the Extended Insurance Plan. However, if you already have full coverage, then you don’t need to buy anything more or different. back to text