Most research and teaching assistants receive a salary as well as full or prorated tuition remission, as appropriate. The compensation for research and teaching assistants is adjusted to make the appointments equally attractive, taking into account the availability of tuition support, the opportunities for thesis research, and other benefits connected with each. Salary levels are established by individual departments within guidelines set by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Normally, student employees are paid by direct deposit into their individual bank accounts. In some cases, however, payment by check may be necessary. The Institute is obliged to withhold federal and Massachusetts income taxes from the salaries of student employees. Employees must file the necessary federal and Massachusetts tax withholding forms through the MIT Atlas system. Failure to submit these forms will result in the required maximum tax being withheld.