Cost & Financial Aid


Tuition is $24,790 per semester for academic year 2017-18, plus a summer intern tuition rate of 35% of the usual summer tuition, or approximately $5,780. The program is two semesters, plus the summer.  Tuition rates for the following year are established each spring. See the MIT Facts page for more information about costs.

 Living Costs

Living costs in the Cambridge/Boston area are among the highest in the U.S. Typical monthly expenses for housing, food, medical insurance, books, and personal items average about $2,700 for a single student. This figure is a guideline only, and should be carefully estimated based on individual circumstances and quality of life expectations. Call the MIT Graduate Housing Office for information on the availability and cost of student housing at 617-253-5148 or email them at

Student Financial Services

If you think you will need loans to help finance your graduate education, you may apply for federally subsidized loans by submitting the FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) any time after January 1. Application forms and details of the application procedure may be obtained from Student Financial Services, Room 11-120, or by calling 617-253-4971. This office is also a good source of information on other types of loans that may be available.

Departmental Financial Aid

For the 2017-18 academic year, financial aid was offered to students in the form of partial tuition fellowships, and partial research assistantships with the Sustainability Initiative at MIT, which assist with both tuition and provide a small stipend.  In the past students have also received competitive MIT fellowships, awarded to them through MIT‘s Office of the Dean for Graduate Education after being nominated by the program head. They include the Hennessy Fellowship, the Collamore-Rogers Fellowship, the Ida Green Fellowship, and the Lyons Fellowship. Please contact the Graduate Program in Science Writing for further information at 617-253-6668.

Other Sources of Financial Aid

In addition to the funds available at MIT, there are other sources of financial aid for graduate students worth exploring. The Office of the Dean for Graduate Education Financial Aid web page is a good place to start your search for outside funding. Past students have supplemented their departmental award with the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing Taylor/Blakeslee University Fellowship (specifically for graduate students in science writing programs), the Switzer Foundation Fellowship, and the National Press Club Feldman Fellowship.  We have also hosted international Fulbright Fellows.