An Advanced Study Program Student or a Special Student is an individual enrolled in coursework at MIT but not registered as a degree candidate. MIT employees who take these courses are eligible for tuition assistance provided that they meet the Tuition Assistance Plan’s eligibility criteria and follow the Plan’s rules.
Do you hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, are not currently enrolled in a degree program, and are interested in taking classes as a non-degree student at MIT?
If yes, apply as an Advanced Study Program Student.
If no, apply as a Special Student.
To use the Tuition Assistance Plan, you must be admitted as either a
The following steps need to be completed in this order:
According to the Internal Revenue Service, an employee who takes graduate-level courses as an ASP student or a Special Student at MIT (or graduate-level courses at another institution along with these MIT courses) and receives employer-provided tuition assistance above $5,250 during a calendar year is subject to taxes on the amount above $5,250. For courses taken in the fall term, any tax owed on the amount above $5,250 will be withheld from your pay in the following year; for courses taken in the spring and/or summer terms, any tax owed will be withheld from your pay later that year. The $5,250 limit applies to graduate ASP Student or Special Student courses at MIT whether or not the courses are job-related.