What you need to know

Students who are pursuing a degree at an institution of higher education other than MIT and have been invited by faculty in an MIT department, laboratory, or center to do research here, may apply for visiting student status. Current regular MIT or special students, or MIT students who have withdrawn or are on a leave of absence, are not eligible.

2023-2024 fees 

Visiting students are subject to a monthly fee that includes registration, MIT’s Student Extended Insurance Plan (SEIP), and student life fees. The fee entitles visiting students to conduct research, use our fitness facilities, participate in student life programming, and have access to care at MIT Health. Full monthly fees are charged regardless of whether the student starts on the first or the 15th of the month. The total fee for the duration of their stay must be paid in full and in advance. Additional costs will be applied for those who wish to enroll family members in SEIP.

Fee Frequency Amount 

Allowable Payee 

Processing fee One-time $1,000 Principal Investigator (PI) discretionary funds
Visiting student fee  Monthly  $625 – includes registration, SEIP, and student life fees

Student, PI, or DLC discretionary


Additional family medical coverage (optional) Monthly 

Partner only – $305 per month

Dependents only – $93 per month 

Partner and dependents combined – $399 per month 

Student, PI, or DLC discretionary