Financing Your MBA

MIT Sloan matriculates the most promising MBA candidates regardless of financial circumstances. After acceptance, each incoming student begins the three-tiered financial aid process:

  1. Establish eligibility for federal and private loans in collaboration with MIT Student Financial Services.
  2. Automatically considered for fellowships and scholarships awarded by MIT Sloan and other MIT departments or related organizations. For incoming students, these awards are granted after a review process that is independent of your acceptance. Except for the Legatum Fellowship and the MIT Public Service Center Fellowships, which are awarded through the respective organization, admitted applicants are considered for as many as nine different fellowships for which they are eligible.
  3. Apply for additional sources of financial assistance administered by external foundations and organizations.

After the first semester Core, students are eligible to serve as teaching or research assistants, opportunities that defray the cost of education while providing a unique learning experience.

Tuition and Expenses

Tuition and expenses for a single student for the academic year 2015-2016 are shown below. This student budget varies depending on family size and can be adjusted by MIT Student Financial Services upon request. Additional living costs may vary widely, depending on your lifestyle, the size of your household, and other personal details. Most of our graduate students make one tuition payment before each term. Students also can choose the MIT Monthly Payment Plan, which allows them to pay tuition in four installments during the term.

Academic Year 2015-2016

Tuition and Fees


Books and Supplies*


Computer* (1st Year Only)




Personal (Incl. Medical Insurance)*








* These budget figures are estimates based on the 2014-2015 student budget. 

We anticipate that you may require financial assistance. In partnership with MIT’s Student Financial Services, we will guide you through the financial aid process. Most MBA students rely on loans to help them finance their graduate education, and some qualify for additional need- and merit-based awards. You can learn more about potential sources of financial aid below.


Many MBA students take out loans to help pay for their education. U.S. citizens and permanent residents should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as they file their income tax returns. Upon acceptance in the program, all students intending to apply for loans, including international students, need to submit the MIT Graduate Loan Application form to MIT Student Financial Services.

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Teaching and/or research assistantships are available each academic year and are usually filled, selectively by MBA and PhD students. These competitive opportunities provide MBA students with exposure to some of the School's pioneering faculty members, as they develop cutting-edge research and breakthrough industry innovations.

Fellowships and Scholarships

MIT Sloan offers several fellowships and scholarships, most of which are awarded based on a combination of merit and need. Several additional sources of aid exist for international students and naturalized U.S. citizens, which have their own seperate application process.

Leaders for Global Operations Fellowship

All students accepted to the joint MBA/Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program receive generous fellowships funded by MIT industry partners. See the LGO website for more information.

G-LAB, KUALA LUMPUR Assessing the future of the Smart Card
"You have to manage what you can deliver for the company and what the company is expecting. The bottom line is that the CEOs of those companies want results. Even though we have to work five months in a row with the project, we have to deliver. This experience is more pragmatic than academic. It's a good opportunity to match those two worlds."
Camilo Syllos
INSTITUTE FOR WORK AND EMPLOYMENT RESEARCH Adapting to the changing nature of work

“We’re very interdisciplinary. Among the faculty in the group are an economist, a political scientist, a sociologist, and an industrial relations specialist. We’ve always made a big effort to be open to a variety of perspectives, but also to go beyond being open to them, to want to bring them in, because it makes for a richer environment.”

Thomas Kochan
Co-director, IWER
INDIA LAB: EDUCATIONAL ENHANCEMENT Creating employable workers to boost the economy

“I knew about American business, but not enough about what’s really become a global economy. … You can read about it all you want, but there’s no substitute for being there and seeing the context and seeing how completely different these [other countries] are.”

Ted Chan
COURAGE AND STRENGTH Supporting a student with breast cancer
"The Sloan community really rallied around me in a way that I totally didn’t anticipate. … It was just really nice to be a part of a community that I was totally comfortable in and felt completely supported by."
Kyle Maner
G-LAB: NAM MEE BOOKS, THAILAND Helping a book publisher mature

“It was really rewarding that they wanted to know what we thought. We left there being fairly certain that they will do some of the things that we suggested.”

Lia Cavalcante
G-LAB: WARMBATHS HOSPITAL, SOUTH AFRICA Improving staffing at a maternity ward

“The assistant to the CEO was like our host mom while we were there. She arranged our housing for us, she took us out to her friend’s game farm, and we got driven around in 4x4s. She was just wonderful to meet, and we developed a personal as well as professional relationship with her.”

Kelsey McCarty
G-LAB, RAS RESORT, INDIA Marketing in Mumbai
"The network of alumni was helpful because our team had a lot of experience in consulting, but not in private equity."
Gerardo Guzman
SLOAN FELLOW Merging disciplines for climate change
"I needed to get a better understanding of the interaction of management and technology. And I think MIT is an obvious place for that. There’s probably no better place in the world [for learning] how technology and management interact."
Pascal Marmier
INDIA LAB: BANGALORE Working toward market expansion

“These companies are really excited to work with MIT students.They reach out to the community to set up these projects and are great to work with. They give us access to all their resources and are very open to us.”

Katie Baron
$100K WINNERS: C-CRETE TECHNOLOGIES Reducing the environmental impact of concrete

“One of the reasons I came to Sloan was because I wanted to be at a top MBA institution worldwide. But I also wanted access to working with the latest innovations and the highest technology that was coming out of the MIT labs.”

Natanel Barookhian
SLOAN FELLOW Getting serious about going global
"This year we were so fortunate to have 26 nationalities. So it was amazing exposure. I feel much more well rounded as a global business maker than I was before."
Abner Oliviera
S-LAB: JAKARTA WATERSHED Combating a clean water crisis

“I came to Sloan because of its high rankings within the sustainability community, specifically the professors. The S-Lab class itself is part of what drew me to Sloan. And the reason I came to business school was to learn the business speak that really is what connects with people."

Ian Lavery
CENTER FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS RESEARCH Bringing people and machines together

 “For 35 years, we’ve been studying how companies get value from information. … We try to help organizations take a more holistic view of what they are trying to do.”

Jeanne W. Ross
Director and Principal Research Scientist, CISR
G-LAB: AIDS IN TANZANIA Striving for economic empowerment

“Because of the diversity of our backgrounds, when we hit the ground in Tanzania it almost was a natural play where different people assume different roles.”

Krishna Venugopalan
G-LAB: PRIVATE HEALTH CARE IN AFRICA Defining growth at a for-profit clinic

“At MIT Sloan you have a lot of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship. Especially in a place like Kampala where you have a lot of development, entrepreneurship can be very exciting.”

Anne Reilly
G-LAB: MERCY CORPS, INDONESIA Using business principles to address malnutrition

“The conditions in the neighborhoods we were visiting were different than what we realized before getting there. Beyond that, what was surprising was that there weren’t surprises!”

Libby Putman
MIT LEADERSHIP CENTER Changing views of leadership

“We are very much an action-learning environment. The way to learn leadership is not only through reading cases, not only through learning theory — in fact we don’t want people to regurgitate the theory. We want people to take theory and to live it, use it.”

Deborah Ancona
Faculty Director, MIT Leadership Center
SWITZER FELLOWSHIP WINNER JASON JAY Focusing on environmental research and leadership

 “I love being in a place that is such a nexus of people and ideas — people coming to learn something new and to define themselves. Being a part of that process is a real honor and a real gift.”

Jason Jay
Lecturer, Sustainability, MIT Sloan
G-LAB: INTERGRUPO, COLOMBIA Growing a business by cultivating relationships

"After we gave our recommendations, the great part was that the very next day the CEO was in the boardroom implementing them with his top vice presidents."

Ramy Hakim
RETAIL AND CONSUMER GOODS Luxury beauty and the multicultural consumer
"The goal of the Retail and Consumer Goods Club is to provide networking opportunities for students at MIT Sloan, and to educate students about different functions within the retail and CPG space. We bring in executive-level speakers to educate our community on this topic."
Nga Phan
MBA, co-president of Retail and Consumer Goods Club
LEADERS FOR GLOBAL OPERATIONS Connecting management and technology
“We are preparing leaders to run the world’s operations companies. And those leaders are at the cutting edge of both management and technology.”
Don Rosenfield
senior lecturer and director of the Leaders for Global Operations

“At MIT Sloan you will find faculty engaging in many different kinds of research and multiple forms of pedagogy, that taken together, reflect the value of a wide range of perspectives, skills, and expertise in organizations.”

- Wanda Orlikowski
Eaton-Peabody Professor of Communication Sciences