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Types of aid: Other scholarships and grants

Scholarships and grants are forms of financial aid that do not need to be repaid. Beyond the MIT Scholarship, undergraduates may receive scholarships and grants from government and private sources.

Federal grants

MIT administers four federal grant programs that you’ll automatically be considered for when you apply for financial aid each year.

If you’re eligible, we’ll include the grants in your aid package.

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.

If you receive a state grant, we include it in your aid award as soon as we receive it from your state.

Private scholarships and grants

There are many private scholarships and grants you can apply for on your own. If you receive one, we use it to replace your self-help01 The first $3,400 of your financial need is designated as self-help. This is separate from your summer earnings expectation, and you can do this through a combination of term-time work, outside scholarships and grants, or student loans.   and student contribution02 The amount that a student can reasonably be expected to contribute toward his or her own educational expenses. For undergraduates the student contribution is the summer earnings expectation, unless the student has significant prior year income and assets.   requirement before we reduce your MIT Scholarship.

There are many scholarship search engines that can help you find additional funding. Please know that you should never pay for a scholarship search service. You can also reach out to any groups or organizations that you have been involved with to see if they offer private scholarships. We recommend the following sites to get you started:

What you should do if you get a private scholarship or grant

First, congratulations! If you receive outside scholarships or grants, we need you to submit the Outside Award Reply Form. This let’s us update your financial aid award.

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  2. The amount that a student can reasonably be expected to contribute toward his or her own educational expenses. For undergraduates the student contribution is the summer earnings expectation, unless the student has significant prior year income and assets. back to text