2020 summer tuition for students enrolled in courses
MIT’s residential system can accommodate 39% of its graduate students; the rest find housing in the Boston/Cambridge area. Graduate students’ costs for housing, food, books, medical insurance, and incidentals vary widely depending on marital status, quality-of-life expectations, and housing arrangements. For example, monthly charges for on-campus housing range from $884 to $3,250, depending on housing type and location.
Financial aid for graduate students is in large part provided by individual departments, and the amount of aid varies significantly. Financial support includes fellowships, traineeships, teaching and research assistantships, and loans. Most forms of support are granted for merit, while others are granted for financial need or a combination of merit and need.
Approximately 2,500 graduate students are primarily supported as research assistants and 810 are appointed as teaching assistants; 1,900 are supported on fellowships.
Doctoral Student Support, by Type and School,* 2019–2020
|School||RA||FE||TA||Other or none|
|Architecture and Planning||53%||17%||19%||11%|
|Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences||31%||36%||20%||13%|
Notes: RA=research assistantship, FE=fellowship, TA=teaching assistantship
*The Schwarzman College of Computing did not begin operations until September 2020.