Tuition and Financial Aid


Graduate Student Summer Tuition Subsidy

The summer tuition subsidy plan has been developed to reduce the cost of a graduate student to a research grant, and to improve the quality of faculty life. It is not intended to enable growth in the size of graduate programs, or to lengthen the time to a degree. Graduate students who are enrolled in a research degree program, and who are not taking courses, will have their summer tuition subsidized (that is, paid from other Institute sources). Candidates for professional degrees will be charged tuition if registered for the summer.

New graduate students, or continuing graduate students in normal resident status during the preceding spring term, who register only for thesis or pre-thesis research credit in the summer term will be eligible for a tuition subsidy from Institute general funds. Each department has created special pre-thesis research subject(s) that are recognized by the Registrar as eligible for the subsidy. In Physics, for example, the subjects 8.391 Pre-Thesis Research or 8.392 Pre-Thesis Research (Special Problems in Graduate Physics) qualify as pre-thesis subjects, and are therefore eligible for the subsidy.

Graduate students who register for any summer subject other than those recognized by the Registrar as thesis or pre-thesis research subjects will be charged tuition on a per unit basis up to the maximum tuition. Tuition for such subjects may not be charged to research grants.

Graduate students registered in professional programs will pay tuition at the rate established for their particular programs. These programs, as defined by the Provost's Office, are Sloan Master's programs, EM, MEng (except those with internship components), CRE, and ASP.

An intern tuition rate will apply to students registered for structured off-campus internships. Tuition will be charged on a per unit basis up to a maximum charge of $2,160.

The 2018 summer tuition rates are included in the "Schedule of Fees, 2018-2019" issued by the Registrar's Office.

The following charges apply whether a student takes a subject for credit or as a "listener," and regardless of the date the student begins attending classes.


Per unit charge for subjects and undergraduate thesis (regular undergraduates) $540
Per unit charge for subjects (special students) $800
Maximum (undergraduates and special students) $17,155
Continuing and new regular graduate students $17,155
Per unit charge for off-campus internship tuition $540
Doctoral thesis, term readmitted after absence as a regular graduate student $38,640
Master/engineer thesis, term readmitted after absence as regular graduate student $25,760
Minimum (regular undergraduates) $3,240
Minimum (MIT community special graduate students and special undergraduates) $4,800
Minimum (non-MIT special graduate students) $7,200
Minimum SB thesis $1,620

Graduate thesis, early completion for students continuing theses from spring term 2018, and for students continuing theses from spring term whose appointments terminate during summer:

Minimum, except doctoral degree $2,140
Minimum, doctoral degree $4,288
Minimum, continuing student but not registered for thesis in preceding spring term $25,760
Minimum, if returning from nonresident doctoral status $12,866

Subject cancellations and withdrawals, weekly charge (1 week minimum) 1/8 of initial tuition

Payment of Tuition and Other Institute Charges

An individual who registers as a student at MIT agrees to pay all charges on his or her account when due, and acknowledges that the Institute may charge a hold fee, suspend registration, revoke Institute services, and withhold the degree if these charges are not paid.

Student Financial Services (SFS) gathers, bills, and collects student charges and provides a student account statement of that activity. These charges originate in the offices from which the student receives Institute services. SFS bills by posting a monthly student account electronic billing statement on MITPAY—a secure, paperless online billing and payment system. The statement is posted by the 10th of the month in which there is a new charge on the account. SFS sends students a courtesy monthly email reminder to check the statement and pay any balance due. The statement includes charges, payments, additional amounts due, and payment deadlines.

To access MITPAY, log in to WebSIS and use the MITPAY link to view your account and make payments. Visit the SFS website for more information about MITPAY and other payment methods.

Summer tuition and fees assessed in June are due on or before July 1.  Students who plan to attend MIT during the Summer Session are advised to contact Student Financial Services to confirm summer charges.

A student who fails to make satisfactory arrangements for payment will have a registration or degree hold imposed and a Hold Fee of $100 will be charged to the student account. The balance due, including the Hold Fee, must be paid in full before a hold will be released.

Financial Aid

Graduate students whose professional programs commence in the summer and need loans to manage their cost of attendance should fill out a Graduate Loan Application, available on the Student Financial Services website. Domestic graduate students applying for loans will also need to complete the FAFSA.

MIT does not award need-based aid from institutional sources for undergraduate summer enrollment. Undergraduates who plan to attend Summer Session and are seeking financial aid should contact Student Financial Services at 617-258-8600 or to discuss their options. More information can be found on the Student Financial Services website.

Veterans' Educational Benefits

New and continuing undergraduate or graduate students who expect to receive Veterans' Administration Educational Benefits should visit the Student Financial Services website for updated information, or contact