Everything you need to know as you join the MIT family
All of this is pretty exciting and perhaps even overwhelming, so we want to break down what you can expect over the next few months when it comes to getting everything set up for your student's first year at MIT.
Financial aid: Early Action applicants receive their financial aid awards in mid-January and Regular Action applicants receive their awards in mid-March. We recommend that every admitted student apply for aid—you may be surprised by what you receive. Our Student Financial Services website is a great resource where you can learn about financial aid, payment and billing information, and job resources for students.
Enrolling at MIT: All students have until May 2, to let us know their enrollment decision.
First-year info: The Class of 2026 will receive detailed information about housing, on-campus dining options, and orientation after May 2. First-year students begin arriving on campus in mid-August for orientation programs, and classes begin the first week of September.
Housing at MIT
"Where will my student live?" is one of the most common questions we hear from families. MIT’s housing system is unique compared to other colleges. Students choose where they live, and each living group is a community with its own distinct cultures and traditions. We have 10 residence halls to choose from; some are pristine and clean, others are full of murals and cats. Housing is guaranteed for all four years of undergrad, and many students stay within the same community for their entire time at MIT. Our Guide to Residences goes into detail about all the different options, but if you want a more student-produced view of life in each residence hall, check out some of the i3 videos.
Student health insurance
The MIT Student Medical Plan, included with tuition, provides students with access to most services at MIT Medical at no additional charge. The MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan provides further coverage, including prescriptions, off-campus specialty care, and hospitalization. Full-time MIT students are automatically enrolled in, and billed for, the MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan. However, if you already have comparable insurance from a U.S.-based insurer, you can waive this coverage. Nearly 70% of MIT students choose to enroll in the extended plan.
More information on health insurance options is available at MIT Medical.