Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is offering fully funded scholarships to international students. MIT is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is one of the best universities in the world. This private university was founded in 1861 because of the rapid industrialization that was happening in the United States. The United States was experiencing a boom in the industry with new factories appearing in every corner of this nation. As a result, more engineers and scientists to design new factories and machines, and MIT was founded to satisfy the demand for new technicians.
MIT Scholarships (Undergraduate)
MIT offers many need-based scholarships to international students. For example, the average need-based MIT scholarships were approximately $75,000 a year. 33% of all students attended MIT for free, and 72% of the graduates graduated with no student loans. These figures show that MIT scholarships are excellent to provide you the means to study at MIT.
All MIT scholarships are need-based which means that the amount rewarded will depend on your individual family circumstances. MIT does not offer any merit scholarships to students because everyone who is admitted to MIT has a great academic background.
How to Apply to MIT
International students who are applying to MIT follow the same guidelines as the domestic students with one exception. International students need to submit a test of English proficiency such as TOEFL. I have broken down the application procedures for international students in these steps.
- All interested international students need to make a new account in the MIT Application.
- Students need to complete the MIT Application as well as to submit the required documents (see below).
- Students need to complete the financial aid documents also if they want to apply for MIT scholarships.
- Early Action- November 1
- Regular Action- January 1
How to Apply for MIT Scholarships (Undergraduate)
Applying to MIT scholarships is pretty straightforward for international students. However, international students are eligible for institutional scholarships, so they would need to fill out the CSS Profile.
Required Documents for MIT Scholarships for International Students
- CSS Profile
- Parents’ Income Statement
- If the parents are divorced, students need to submit Non-Custodial Parent’s Profile.
CSS Profile and Income Statement- December 15 2018
MIT Scholarships (Master’s and PhD)
For undergraduate students, financial aid is very centralized for all departments. However, financial aid is awarded by individual departments for graduate students. Therefore, the application and the financial aid documents differ from each department. In this section, I will do my best to break down the application procedure for graduate international students.
MIT Scholarships are limited for Master’s students, but there are still many opportunities for Master’s students such as the teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships. For PhD students, it is very common for them to receive MIT scholarships that give full tuition, stipend, and health insurance for all their years in this school.
Types of MIT Scholarships
Research Assistantships (RA)
- Doctoral- $37,128 per year
- Master’s- $33,924 per year
Teaching Assistantships (TA)
- Contact- $38,016 per year
- Support- $34,272 per year
How to Apply to MIT (Graduate)
As stated earlier, graduate admission procedure for each department is different from undergraduate admissions. However, there are some common aspects that can be found in the applications for different departments. This section will explain the common aspects.
- Submission of an online application that can be found on each department’s homepage.
- $75 application fee
- Letters of Recommendation
- Statements of Objectives
- Official GRE, TOEFL or IELTS scores
- CV or resume