Tuition Assistance for MIT Graduate Degree Program Courses

Eligible MIT employees may receive a maximum of $5,250 per calendar year toward a graduate degree at MIT.

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Eligibility

Employees must apply and be accepted to the MIT graduate degree program and must fulfill all their work requirements and academic standards. 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.
  3. Request reimbursement.

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Guidelines

Tuition Assistance Plan guidelines for MIT graduate degree programs are the same as they are for undergraduate programs:

  • Just like any other applicant, employees who want to earn a graduate degree at MIT must apply and be accepted.
  • The $5,250 maximum benefit will be prorated for part-time employees.
  • Work requirements must be filled and academic standards met.
  • Tuition assistance for all graduate degree programs requires submission of a Career Development Proposal that qualifies the graduate study as career-related and verifies that relevant full-time employment opportunities in that field of study exist at MIT.

Find out whether your course is covered under this plan.

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
  • fellow
  • affiliate
  • teaching or research assistant
  • honorary lecturer
  • postdoctoral trainee
  • 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

Approval process

  • Employees must confirm that their supervisors reviewed the Career Development Proposal, approved the study plan, and sent confirmation to this effect to the Benefits Office.
  • To ensure that work requirements are met, the MIT employee and the supervisor should follow the guidelines for flexible work arrangements outlined in A Guide to Job Flexibility at MIT (PDF).
  • In addition to a flexible work plan, there may be other options that an employee and supervisor consider, such as leaves, vacations, temporary assignments, or new roles.

Reimbursement

Follow these step-by-step instructions to request reimbursement online.

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 at least four months to qualify.
  • Prepayment is not available for correspondence courses, career counseling or coaching sessions, licensing or certification exams, or review courses.
  • When you complete the course, you must submit proof that you have completed it successfully or return to MIT any money refunded to you by the educational institution.
  • Should you need additional tuition assistance beyond the $750 prepayment, you will be reimbursed for the balance (not to exceed the plan limit) at the end of the course, but you must meet the grade requirement for the type of course.
  • Request prepayment on your online Tuition Assistance Account at least four weeks before payment is due. The prepayment check will be made payable to the school and will be sent to you by campus mail.

Tax info

Reimbursements of undergraduate and graduate tuition and fees up to $5,250 are tax-exempt. These 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.

Detailed summary

For detailed plan rules, consult the Tuition Assistance Summary Plan Description (SPD) (PDF). If there is any conflict between the information on this site and in the SPD, the SPD will govern.

Questions?

Contact the Benefits Office.

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