The new MIT Grant for Graduate Students with Children is a need-blind pilot program for the 2020-2021 academic year, and has just finished its first round of funding. The grant may be used to cover expenses such as child care, health care, and housing. While it does not cover the bulk of child care expenses, the grant is intended to help alleviate some of the financial hardship our student parents face while allowing them budgeting flexibility.
This fall, 72 grants were awarded to graduate students, which will total $172,000 in disbursements by the end of the year. More than half of these were single-child households who were awarded $2,000 for the year; about a third were 2-child households awarded $3,000 each; and there were a handful of 3-child households awarded $4,000 each. All awards are made in two parts; the first part is now complete for all those whose applications were approved.
Eligible students who missed the initial deadline may still apply in the second round, which will be disbursed in the spring. Applications are due by February 28, 2020. Find out more about the grant or apply for spring funding.