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 related to your career. The Tuition Assistance Plan is not intended for professional development and training purposes.

How it Works

  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. Pay in full with your own funds.
  4. Request reimbursement upon successful completion.

Eligibility

Who is eligible

You are eligible to receive assistance under the Tuition Assistance Plan if:

  • you have been appointed to work at MIT for at least one year (12 months)
  • you work at least 50% of the normal full-time work schedule in your department, laboratory, or center
  • you are paid by MIT

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

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

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:

  • all levels of study, from GED to graduate level (including a tuition benefit for the MIT EMBA program)
  • courses related to your job or career
  • some career counseling or coaching sessions
  • tuition for courses at MIT if you have been accepted to MIT as an Advanced Study Program Student or a Special Student
  • tuition and some fees including registration, application, computer, library, lab, and curriculum support fees
  • a calendar-year maximum of $5,250 in reimbursements, prorated for part-time employees. Your course's start and end dates determine the calendar year from which your funds will be taken. In cases where a course begins in one calendar year and ends in another, the calendar year in which the majority of the course will have taken place is the calendar year from which your funds will be taken.

    The $5,250 amount is the maximum amount the IRS allows MIT to provide to benefits-eligible employees on a tax-free basis, per calendar year (not the fiscal year). More information can be found in IRS Publication 15-B.
What Is Not Covered
  • professional seminars, conferences, and workshops
  • private study
  • tutoring
  • books and materials
  • printing expenses for resumes and course materials
  • travel expenses
  • food
  • lodging
  • recertification programs
  • license renewals

Reimbursement

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.
Important: Please note that this prepayment option is available for your first course only and is not available once your first course has been completed or reimbursed.

For Courses Not Paid Prior to the Start Date
If you want the prepayment check to be made payable to your school, you will need to complete an online request and submit your proof of registration for the course. Leave the Grade field blank and choose “School” in the Check Payable To field.

For Courses Paid Prior to the Start Date
If you have already paid for your course, you will need to complete an online request and submit your proof of payment. Leave the Grade field blank and choose “Employee” in the Check Payable To (also for direct deposit) field so that we can issue the prepayment directly to you.

If you work on campus, submit your documentation to the Human Resources Department by e-mail to benefits@mit.edu or by interdepartmental mail to NE49-5000. If you work at Lincoln Laboratory, submit it to the Lincoln Laboratory Workforce Service Center by e-mail to tuitionassistance@ll.mit.edu or by interdepartmental mail to S2-112.

Additional stipulations

Employees on unpaid leave
  • 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 during the fall and spring terms. Reimbursements for these courses do not count against the $5,250 (prorated for part-time employees) calendar year limit.

Tuition assistance loan

Members of the MIT Federal Credit Union can visit their website for information on the Tuition Assistance Loan. 

Taxability

Reimbursements of undergraduate and graduate tuition and fees up to $5,250 are tax-exempt at present. However, the tax codes are continually subject to change. 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.

Related Documents & Forms

Forms

Complete this form only when the area of study for your course(s) is Career-Related.

Complete this form only if you are unable to access your Tuition Assistance Account in Atlas.

Resources