Children's College Scholarship Plan

The Children's College Scholarship Plan provides grants for your child to attend MIT and, in some cases, accredited universities outside of MIT.

This benefit applies to students who are admitted to and enroll at MIT (or other universities, where applicable). Note that the MIT Undergraduate Admissions Office does not give any preference in the admissions process for children of faculty or staff.

Eligibility

Your dependent child will be eligible for a tuition grant under the Children's College Scholarship Plan if you are an MIT employee with a paid appointment for at least three months, and work at least 50% of the full-time work schedule in your department, laboratory, or center. 

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

Who is eligible

To qualify, your child must be your tax dependent and attend an accredited school full time. Your dependent child is generally eligible to take advantage of the Children's College Scholarship Plan if you:

  • work at least 50% of the normal full-time work schedule in your department, laboratory, or center
  • have a paid MIT appointment for at least three months
  • retirees from MIT are eligible for this benefit under the same rules they enjoyed as active employees.

If you voluntarily terminate from MIT and later return, the amount of the grant available to your child will be based on your most recent date of hire, not your original date of hire. See the eligibility chart below for details.

Who is not eligible

Your dependent children are not eligible to take advantage of this plan if you fall into one of these employment categories:

  • visitor
  • contractor
  • fellow
  • affiliate
  • teaching or research assistant
  • honorary lecturer
  • post-doctoral trainee
  • consultant
  • paid by MITemps
  • member of the armed services assigned to MIT
Eligibility criteria
Eligibility CriteriaBenefit
All tenured faculty

MIT Undergraduate
100% Tuition - four years

Other Undergraduate Institution
Up to 50% of MIT's Annual Tuition - four years

Non-tenured faculty, other academic,
administrative, or research staff hired
on or before January 1, 1978

MIT Undergraduate
100% Tuition - four years

Other Undergraduate Institution
Up to 50% of MIT's Annual Tuition - four years

Non-tenured faculty, other academic,
administrative, or research staff hired
after January 1, 1978 and before July 1, 1998

MIT Undergraduate
100% Tuition - four years

Other Undergraduate Institution
Up to $2,000 - four years

Support staff hired on or before January 1, 1978

MIT Undergraduate
100% Tuition - four years

Other Undergraduate Institution
INELIGIBLE

Support staff hired after January 1, 1978

MIT Undergraduate
100% Tuition - four years

Other Undergraduate Institution
INELIGIBLE

Non-tenured faculty, other academic,
administrative, research, or support staff
hired on and after July 1, 1998

MIT Undergraduate
100% Tuition - four years

Other Undergraduate Institution
INELIGIBLE

Collective bargaining agreements

If you are a member of a collective bargaining unit, all the provisions of the Children’s College Scholarship Plan are subject to the terms of your collective bargaining agreement.

How it works

  • The Children's College Scholarship Plan covers full tuition for four years of undergraduate study at MIT and, in some cases, accredited universities outside of MIT, as long as your dependent child is a tax dependent and is a full-time undergraduate student at MIT.
  • Grants are only made for the cost of tuition and may not be used to pay required fees, duplicate other financial aid, or to pay room and board or other educational expenses.
  • You may apply for a grant for the first semester following your hire date.
  • The benefit is prorated for employees working less than 100% but at least 50% time.
  • If both parents are employed by MIT, only one will be eligible for Children's College Scholarship Plan benefits. If one parent is eligible for a greater benefit under the plan, the amount of the grant will be equal to that higher level of benefit.
  • Get full details in the Children’s College Scholarship Plan Booklet (below).

Payment schedule

If your child attends MIT, once your application is approved, the grant will be paid directly to the MIT Student Financial Services Office in late summer for the fall term and in late fall for the spring term. Checks from the plan cannot be issued in your name.

For children attending other colleges and universities, checks for tuition grants are made payable to the educational institution. Checks from the plan cannot be issued in your name. Grants payable to other colleges and universities are sent July 15 and November 15. For schools on a trimester schedule, payment will also be sent on March 1.

Tax info

Benefits from the Children's College Scholarship Plan are not taxable under current IRS rules. If there is a change, eligible employees will be notified.

To enroll or renew

You can apply for the plan by visiting the Children’s College Scholarship page in Atlas.

If you are a retiree, please contact MIT Benefits at 617-253-4251 or benefits@mit.edu to enroll.

Renewing enrollment

You need to annually confirm your child’s continued enrollment in the Plan in Atlas. You should complete your confirmation by June 30 to ensure your tuition check will be issued by July 15. You will receive an email reminder at the end of May.

If you are a retiree, you will receive your renewal reminder in the mail or by personal email at the end of May. Your reminder letter will have instructions on how to renew your enrollment.

To make changes

You can change the college or university your child is attending by visiting the Children’s College Scholarship page in Atlas. The change can be temporary (e.g. your child is spending a semester or year abroad) or permanent. A tuition bill is required to complete the application.

If you are a retiree, please contact MIT Benefits at 617-253-4251 or benefits@mit.edu to change your child’s enrollment. .