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Financial resources

Grant for Graduate Students with Children (GGSC)

The MIT Grant for Graduate Students with Children (GGSC) is a need-blind grant available to all full-time PhD students. Master’s students who are eligible for summer tuition subsidy are also eligible for the grant. Starting in fall 2023, MIT is also offering a Supplemental Need-Based GGSC of up to $10,000; eligibility restrictions apply. Grant funds may be used for expenses related to child care, health care, and housing. 

Families Food Grant & resources

The Families Food Grant is available to families who are having trouble accessing affordable, healthy food options for themselves and their families. It is part of a larger initiative to support food security for all graduate students.

Graduate Student Experience Grants

Graduate Student Experience Grant applications are open to students and spouses/partners to develop experiences that build community. In the past, grad student families have applied for funds to develop the Grad Moms Group and to offer kids’ arts and dance classes.

Spouse & Partners Professional Development Fund

The Spouses and Partners Professional Development Fund offers MIT students’ spouses and partners the opportunity to build their expertise in a particular field. Past grants have funded Harvard Extension School, MIT edX, Coursera Professional Conference costs, and membership dues for career-specific professional organizations. 

Short-Term Emergency Hardship Fund

The Short-Term Emergency Hardship Fund application is open to any student experiencing a one-time, non-recurring financial emergency, including unexpected and unavoidable expenses, when they have exhausted all other resources. 

Financial Literacy, iGrad & MIT Credit Union

Financial literacy workshops and resources are available to you to help you manage finances as an individual or a family. Topics covered include financial planning, saving, and investing. In addition, you can access iGrad, a financial web portal sponsored by the OGE and the MIT Credit Union. The MIT Federal Credit Union offers traditional savings and checking accounts as well as mortgages; auto, personal, and student loans; and mobile and online banking.

ARM – Access to Resources at MIT

ARM maintains a webpage listing of resources, including some already listed on this page, but also a host of others to support you and your family in maintaining a healthy affordable living situation. Some highlighted resources include:

SNAP & WIC (Eligibility restrictions apply)

SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can help you expand your healthy food budget by providing you with an EBT card with funding for food. Check your eligibility here.

WIC- Women, Infants, and Children is a nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and children under 5. Check your eligibility here.