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Types of aid: Student employment

All students, regardless of their financial need, may work during the academic year—and most of our students do. In fact 90% of students do at least one semester of paid research—many do three or four!

Any student can get an on-campus job. Student minimum wage is $11.50 an hour with most students making about $1,700 a semester. International students are limited to working 20 hours per week due to student-visa guidelines.

What kind of work can you do?

You can conduct original research on artificial intelligence, cancer therapies, or humanoid robots AND get paid for it through our Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

If you’re eligible for Federal Work-Study01 Work-Study is a federal student aid program that provides part-time employment while you are enrolled in school to help pay your education expenses.   , you can get paid for work that gives back to the community—like tutoring at local schools—through our Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center.

Learn more about student employment at MIT.

  1. Work-Study is a federal student aid program that provides part-time employment while you are enrolled in school to help pay your education expenses. back to text