Resources for Students


ARM Coalition (Accessing Resources MIT) 

The ARM Coalition helps MIT students experiencing financial hardship. Comprised of 16 representatives from different offices around the Institute, the ARM Coalition is dedicated to ensuring that all students, regardless of income level, have access to the resources they need to be successful personally, academically, and socially. The ARM Coalition connects students to campus resources through a website, which is available at https://studentlife.mit.edu/arm. The website lists specific resources on campus to help with such things as winter clothes, books, student tickets, food resources and emergency travel expenses. It also gives suggestions and tips for supporting low-income students, or any student experiencing financial challenges. Students can reach out to the ARM Coalition directly by emailing arm-coalition@mit.edu, and someone will respond within 24 hours. 

The CARE Team 

This is a team of staff who support all students through challenges they may experience during their time at MIT. A primary function of the CARE Team is to support students during hospitalizations and discharge, and with follow up care. The CARE Team is a student-focused resource that empowers students to be in control of their own personal information, treatment plans, and future. With student consent, the CARE Team will also work with families of students to support them in supporting their loved ones. If you are concerned about an MIT student or are concerned about a specific event, contact the CARE Team at 617-324-CARE (2273) or email: careteam@mit.edu. For non-urgent concerns, you can also fill out a CARE Form by visiting http://studentlife.mit.edu/careteam and clicking “Concerned About a Student”? In addition to supporting students, the CARE Team also coordinates training and education for faculty and staff on how to identify signs that a student is in distress and steps to take the connect students to support resources. Faculty and staff are encouraged to visit  http://facultyguide.mit.edu/ for more information and tools on how to support students in distress. For a hard copy of the Faculty Guide or to request information for a training, email facultyguide@mit.edu

Finances 

If a student is going to change their status from full time to any other enrollment status (half-time, less than half-time, etc.), their financial aid package may change. Direct them to their alpha-assigned financial aid officer for more information on how their package may change. 

  • LISTENER Credits do not count as credits for financial aid purposes. For example, if a student is taking 24 units for credit and 12 listener units, they are awarded aid based on half time status even though they are charged full tuition.
  • Semester bills are always due the month before the term starts.
  • A reduction in tuition may result in a matching reduction in MIT scholarship aid. Students should be encouraged to contact SFS for more information.
  • We encourage students to add authorized users to their student account on MITPAY. This allows parents and other third-parties the ability to view student account information, submit payments, or speak with a customer service representative over the phone.
  • A negative (-) credit balance on the student’s account may mean the student is eligible to receive a refund. Students can enroll in direct deposit by establishing their refund account in MITPAY by following the link for Refund. Students still must contact SFS in-person or send an email from their MIT email address in order to request that the refund be deposited into their designated account. 
  • Remember, if a student comes to you and explains they are having a rough time with finances and is worried about their financial aid or paying their bill, it’s important that they come and speak with us immediately. There may be something we can do to ease their burden.

First Generation Program (FGP)

The First Generation Program is committed to building a sense of community among first generation MIT students, faculty, alumni, and staff, and raising awareness of their unique experiences. Through this network, students enhance academic success, professional growth, and personal development. Our first generation tailored programs include networking within the MIT community and alumni, study breaks, faculty lunches, mixers & socials with local colleges & universities, peer mentor program, and financial literacy sessions. FGP is administered by the Office of the First Year. Contact is fgp.mit.edu. 

International Students Office (ISO)

The MIT International Students Office (ISO) provides guidance and support to international students through orientation and other programing events throughout the year, online resources, and in-person advising. Students, who have specific questions about their immigration status or documents, academic program, and employment authorization options, may contact their ISO Advisor directly: 

https://iso.mit.edu/about-iso/student-advisors-by-program/

International Student Travel 

During a student’s academic program, it is possible to travel outside the US and return to MIT to continue their program of study.  There are specific visa documents that must be valid to be eligible to return to the US. It is very important that each individual student’s visa documents may have different validity based on program of study, country of citizenship, and length of time abroad. Students also must consider not only required documentation for US visa status, but also procedures to obtain appropriate visas to travel to other countries throughout the world. 

Students are advised on maintenance of valid visa documentation and obtaining appropriate document signatures from the ISO prior to any travel outside the US.  Details on required documentation, as well as visa procedures and guidance on travel within the US and abroad, is available on the ISO website: https://iso.mit.edu/visas-and-travel/.

Employment Authorization for International Students (available only to students pursuing a degree at MIT) 

Employment authorization for International students depends on their visa status. International students may work on campus (at MIT, for MIT, and paid by MIT), while they are pursuing a degree, in a limited capacity. Authorization for on-campus employment is limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session (Fall and Spring terms), and can be more than 20 hours per week during official vacation periods (IAP and Summer term, unless academic program requires students to take classes during those periods).  J-1 visa holders require a special authorization letter from the ISO in advance of pursuing on-campus employment.

Students, after completion of their first academic year, may also be eligible to apply for off-campus work authorization for short-term internships or post-completion of degree positions. All off-campus work must be directly related to the student’s declared major field of study and the academic advisor must support the opportunity, as well as the student must obtain appropriate employment authorization from the ISO and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Detailed information about employment for international students, based on their particular visa status, is available on the ISO site.

MISTI 

MIT students develop these practical intercultural skills through hands-on experience working alongside international colleagues. MISTI's pioneering internship program matches students with projects in companies and labs around the world. Through teaching programs, students learn how to communicate with international peers by teaching STEM and entrepreneurship in foreign high schools and universities.

Office of Minority Education

The OME focuses on academic excellence for all students. The office offers several Signature Academic Excellence programs to help students succeed academically at MIT and beyond: 

  • Interphase EDGE is a two-year scholar enrichment program that students enroll, and includes a seven-week summer session as well as programming during the academic year to help ease the transition to MIT and to build community among new students. If your advisee is a scholar in the program, you contact interphase@mit.edu if they have questions or concerns about the scholar.
  • Mentor Advocate Partnership is a volunteer program designed to complement the current advisor system by helping first-year students to build relationships with staff and faculty; to monitor their academic performance and personal well-being; to offer encouragement; and to provide a proactive support network.
  • Talented Scholars Resource Room (TSR^2) provides academic support and resources to talented scholars in virtually any subject requested (with a focus on First Year GIR's) by utilizing academically advanced upper-class and graduate students, called teaching assistants (TAs), to deliver one-on-one and group tutoring services.

UPOP 

The Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program is a yearlong professional development program that prepares sophomores—regardless of major—to thrive in their careers. Students are taught to think strategically.  Gives students real-world skills, coaching from successful MIT alums, experiential workshops, company field trips, one-on-one counseling from UPOP staff, networking events, exclusive panel discussions with companies.  

UROP 

MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program cultivates and supports research partnerships between MIT undergraduates and faculty. UROP offers the chance to work on cutting edge research —whether students join established research projects or pursue their own ideas. UROP Benefits include: building connections with faculty & other researchers; exploring potential majors/minors or other fields of interest; gaining knowledge and practical skills necessary for graduate school, health professions, or a future career; applying classroom learning to real-world problems; and contributing to research outcomes—co-authoring papers, preparing posters, attending conferences, patenting inventions, etc. With UROP the possibilities are endless! Explore the UROP website urop.mit.edu for complete details on how to participate.