Tuition Assistance Plan

Tuition Assistance Plan

MIT provides tuition assistance to help you build or improve the skills you need to develop your career at MIT. You may also be eligible to receive tuition assistance for career counseling or coaching sessions. With online tools, you can quickly check to see if your course qualifies and apply for reimbursement.


You are eligible to receive assistance under the Tuition Assistance Plan if you are paid by MIT, are appointed to work at MIT for at least one year, and work at least 50% of the full-time work schedule in your department, laboratory, or center. Learn more about eligibility.

Time to enroll: Whenever you are eligible — no need to wait for Open Enrollment.

Next Steps

  1. Confirm that you are eligible for the Tuition Assistance Plan.
  2. Determine if your course qualifies for reimbursement. To qualify for tuition assistance, a course must fall within one of the following areas of study: First Degree, Job-Related, Career-Related, and Career Counseling/Coaching.
  3. Request reimbursement upon successful completion.

What Is Covered

MIT provides tuition assistance to help you build and maintain the skills necessary to develop your career at MIT. The Tuition Assistance Plan covers:

What Is Not Covered

  • professional seminars, conferences, workshops, and private study
  • books and materials
  • printing expenses for resumes and course materials
  • travel expenses

More on Eligibility

Who is eligible

  • you have been appointed to work at MIT for at least one year
  • you work at least 50% of the normal full-time work schedule in your department, laboratory, or center
  • you are paid by MIT

Who is not eligible

  • visitor
  • contractor
  • postdoctoral fellow
  • affiliate
  • teaching or research assistant
  • honorary lecturer
  • consultant
  • paid by MITemps
  • student in a work-study program
  • member of the armed services assigned to MIT
  • family member who is not employed by MIT
  • employees on long-term disability

Additional Stipulations

Employees on unpaid leave or long-term disability
  • Reimbursement for eligible courses taken during an unpaid leave of absence will be made only if you return to work at MIT.
Members of collective bargaining units
  • If you are a member of a collective bargaining unit, all the provisions of the Tuition Assistance Plan are subject to the terms of your collective bargaining agreement.
MIT Advanced Study Program Students and MIT Special Students
  • If you are being reimbursed for a course taken as an MIT Advanced Study Program Student or an MIT Special Student, you may not be reimbursed for courses taken in any other capacity during the same term. Employees receive 100% reimbursement (prorated for part-time employees) for the successful completion of one MIT Advanced Study Program course or MIT Special Student course per term. Reimbursements for these courses do not count against the $5,250 (prorated for part-time employees) calendar year limit.


You must submit your request for reimbursement within one year of the course end date. You may request reimbursement online. Follow these step-by-step instructions to obtain reimbursement.

First-time prepayment option

First-time users of the Tuition Assistance Plan have the option of applying for prepayment before their courses begin. This one-time-only perk was created to alleviate some of the financial pressure associated with undertaking a course of study. The prepayment maximum is $750, and you must have been working at MIT for four months to qualify.

Prepayment is not available for correspondence courses, career counseling or coaching sessions, licensing or certification exams, or review courses.

Should you need additional tuition assistance beyond the $750 prepayment, you must submit your request for reimbursement within one year of the course end date.

If you do not complete a course for which you have received prepayment, you must return to MIT any money refunded to you by the educational institution.

Request prepayment in your online Tuition Assistance Account (in Atlas) at least four weeks before payment is due. If you want the prepayment check to be made payable to your school, complete an online request (leave the grade field blank). If you want to receive the prepayment directly, you must pay your tuition and then submit your proof of payment in addition to completing an online request (again, leaving the grade field blank). Important: Please note that this pre-payment option is available for your first course only and is not available once your first course has been completed or reimbursed.


Reimbursements of undergraduate and graduate tuition and fees up to $5,250 are tax-exempt at present. The tax codes are continually subject to change, however. MIT will evaluate the latest Internal Revenue Code and the information provided by you in your application to determine whether the benefits you receive from the Tuition Assistance Plan are taxable.

For complete plan rules, consult the Tuition Assistance Summary Plan Description (below). If any conflict arises between the information on this site and in the Summary Plan Description (SPD), the SPD will govern.


For information on the Tuition Assistance Loan available to members of the MIT Federal Credit Union visit here.

For questions about the Tuition Assistance Plan, please contact the Benefits Office.

For technical support with the online tools, contact the MIT Computing Help Desk at or 
(617) 253-1101.

Forms & Publications

Tuition Assistance Forms & Publications

Career Development Proposal Formhtml
Tuition Assistance Summary Plan Descriptionpdf
Tuition Assistance Request Form
Use this form only if you are unable to access your Tuition Assistance Account in Atlas.
Sample Student Account Statement Suitable for Reimbursementpdf