Resources for grad families

Graduate students’ families (a spouse, partner and/or children) contribute to the rich diversity of the MIT community. For graduate student families with children, the dual role of parenting and being a graduate student is challenging, especially with regards to finances, childcare, and scheduling. Simultaneously, there is a great opportunity for families of graduate students to share in the rich MIT culture.

MIT is committed to supporting our graduate students with families; following is a list of available resources including various offices, services, groups, and networks. If you are a newly admitted graduate student, you are encouraged to look at resources for housing, childcare, and family health plans as early as possible. The MIT Guide for Students With Children is a comprehensive starting place for information.

Some of the OGE’s support for graduate student families includes:

  • Childbirth Accommodation and Parental Leave
    MIT graduate students have access (according to eligibility) to two different leaves when they give birth or undertake significant responsibilities for a newborn child or a child newly placed with them: Childbirth Accommodation and/or Parental Leave.
  • MIT Grant for Graduate Students With Children
    The MIT Grant for Graduate Students With Children is a need-blind program. All PhD students whose children live with them are eligible for this grant. In addition, Master’s students enrolled in most programs that award the Master of Science, and in programs awarding the Master of Architecture or Master in City Planning, are eligible if their children live with them.
  • Graduate Student Life Grants (GSLG) for family‐focused initiatives:
    Past grants have included funding for family-friendly gatherings and for group childcare for social activities for parents. The deadline for grant proposals is typically in mid-October. Contact the Grants program with questions at
  • Out‐of‐cycle funding for community‐building activities and events.
  • Graduate Student Council (GSC)
    Family activities are supported through the GSC Funding Board. Past activities have included Eastgate Fall Orientation BBQ, Westgate Christmas Party, Families 101.
  • GSC Housing and Community Affairs (HCA) Families Subcommittee
    The HCA has worked on increasing family housing options, advocating for more affordable on- and off- campus childcare options, maintaining high-quality and affordable health care, and improving campus safety for families.
  • iGrad
    Facilitates grad students’ financial knowledge and informed decision-making; includes budget support, fellowship listings, informational articles and much more.

Additional resources include:

MIT Spouses & Partners Connect

MIT Food Resources

MIT Council on Family and Work
The Council on Family and Work monitors the quality of life at MIT and shares its impressions with senior administrators, key committees, and the larger community. Committee membership includes two graduate students.