MIT scholarships are awarded based on financial need and come from endowed funds, gifts from MIT alumni and friends, and general MIT funds. You are automatically considered for an MIT scholarship if you apply for financial aid and fill out the CSS PROFILE.
Scholarship recipients must submit an annual Student Information Review Form to provide us with information about your background, interests, and experiences so that we may match you with the right scholarship. We will contact you when we need this form.
Our scholarship donors take an interest in learning about their scholarship recipients, so we may ask you to write your donor to share your experiences and thank them for their support.
MIT administers four federal grant programs you’ll automatically be considered for when you apply for financial aid each year. If you’re eligible, we include these federal grants in your aid package: on the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants.
Some states have their own financial aid programs, including need-based grants and merit-based scholarships. If you’re a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you may qualify for financial aid from your home state, which you can then use to study at MIT. If you’re eligible for one of these state grants, we will include it in your aid award once we receive the funds from your state.
Private Scholarships and Grants
There are many private scholarships and grants you can seek on your own. Reach out to the groups you have been involved in to see if they may offer private scholarships. If you receive one, we use it to replace your self-help before we reduce your MIT scholarship. There are many free scholarship search engines that you are encouraged to use. However, you should never pay for a scholarship search service.