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How does MIT use my name and preferred name?

You should use your current, legal first and last name when filling out those fields on the application. This is important so that our application matches your financial aid records.

We will also ask you what you would like us to call you—preferred first name. Preferred first name is the name we will use in all official print and email communication from our office. If we share your information with another MIT office (financial aid or the Office of the First Year, for example), they may use your preferred name or your legal name in communications, depending on the purpose. For example, financial aid will use your legal name and the Office of the First Year may use your preferred first name. If you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to us at 617.253.3400.

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