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Cost & affordability: How to apply for aid

Applications for financial aid are processed by our office of Student Financial Services. You can learn more about the process on their site, but here’s a quick summary:

Domestic students

The following documents help us paint a detailed picture of what kind of aid you’ll need to be able to attend MIT affordably.

Three steps to apply for aid.

  1. FAFSA: the form you need to fill out to receive any federal or state student aid
  2. CSS Profile: a tool provided by the College Board that we use to determine if you qualify for a need-based MIT Scholarship
  3. Parental tax returns or income documentation: your parents’ tax returns or income documentation must be submitted through the College Board’s secure IDOC platform

International students

The following documents help us paint a detailed picture of what kind of aid you’ll need to be able to attend MIT affordably.

Two steps to apply for aid.

  1. CSS Profile: a tool provided by the College Board that we use to determine if you qualify for a need-based MIT Scholarship
  2. Parental tax returns or income documentation: your parents’ tax returns or income documentation must be submitted through the College Board’s secure IDOC platform. If your parents live outside the U.S., please provide the tax return from that country, along with a translation to English if applicable.

Aid deadlines

The deadlines below depend on whether you are applying to MIT Early or Regular
  • Early Action applicants must submit their required documents by November 30 in order to receive a financial aid award by mid-January.
  • Regular Action applicants must submit their required documents by February 15 in order to receive a financial aid award by mid-March.