Supporting you at MIT: Health & wellbeing

Part of bringing your whole self to MIT is caring for your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.

The Office of Graduate Education (OGE) and our partner offices are ready to come alongside you in that journey.

Want to learn more? Return to the admitted student resources page or read more about diversity at MIT and on-campus housing opportunities.

GradSupport: Supporting you on campus

The GradSupport team stand together, smiling, on a sunny autumn day on campus.

Starting graduate school can bring up a mix of emotions: Excitement, nerves, optimism, imposter phenomenon, pride, uncertainty about the future…. Throughout your time at MIT, you never have to face those feelings — or any challenges that might emerge — alone. 

GradSupport, a group of caring, dedicated staff in the Office of Graduate Education, is here to help. 

What’s a GradSupport meeting like?

Through in-person and virtual meetings, you can sit down with a GradSupport team member at any time during your grad school journey.

The team can provide advice and counsel on a variety of issues that you might encounter — navigating relationships with faculty; negotiating conflict; concerns related to finances, housing, family and friends; your rights and responsibilities as a student; and more. 

A conversation with GradSupport gives you space to talk over your situation with a counselor who cares about you, helping you develop strategies, approaches, and solutions for your individual circumstance. Depending on your situation, GradSupport can also be an advocate for you or help you find the information you need.

Have a quick question once you’re on campus? You can always email or call the team.

What other support resources are available at MIT?

GradSupport is just one of the support resources available to you at MIT. You’ll also have access to trained peer support through REFS, mental health services (see below), wellbeing resources, discrimination and harassment response, work-life support, and much more. 

We hope to meet you on campus soon!


Suraiya, Sara, Beth, and Liz

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Caring for your mental and physical health at MIT

MIT Health

MIT Health is here to help you stay healthy, safe, and well during your time at MIT. As an MIT graduate student, you can use most of the services at MIT Health with no out-of-pocket costs. Services like Urgent Care, Primary Care, Mental Health & Counseling, and many more are included as part of your tuition. 

Want to learn more? The MIT Health Student Guide provides the basic information you need to know. You can find more detailed information at

Student Mental Health and Counseling@MIT Health

Student Mental Health and Counseling (SMHC) provides individual and group counseling and psychiatry services. Our clinicians are available to any MIT students who feel stressed or troubled. It’s a sign of strength to recognize these kinds of concerns and make a plan to deal with them constructively. 

SMHC works directly with students to understand and solve problems. Visits are confidential and easy to arrange.

SMHC services are included in your Institute fees; you will have no copay, and your health insurance will not be billed. 

Additionally, SMHC can refer you to area providers. With the MIT Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), you are entitled to 52 therapy sessions per calendar year at no additional cost.

What’s the difference between GradSupport and Student Mental Health & Counseling?

While GradSupport and SMHC work closely together to assist graduate students during their time at MIT, GradSupport is a starting point for anything affecting the academic success and well-being of graduate students.

GradSupport provides advice and counsel on a variety of issues and SMHC assists students by connecting them with therapists and providers, referring them to relevant resources and working with students through any problem affecting their mental health.