Program Policies

Admissions Policy
Cancellation Policy
Deferral Policy
Discount Policy
MIT Policies
Substitution Policy
Visa Letter Policy

For answers to frequently answered questions, please visit our FAQ page.

Admissions Policy

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology admits students of any race, color, sex, religion, or national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Institute. It does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other Institute administered programs and activities, but may favor U.S. citizens or residents in admissions and financial aid. The Institute has adopted an affirmative action plan expressing its continuing commitment to the principle of equal opportunity in education.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be made in writing. Send a note to the Program Registration Team indicating that you wish to cancel your enrollment.  Cancellations fees are as follows:

  • 42 days or more prior to the program start date: $250 administrative fee
  • 41-22 days prior to the program start date:  50% cancellation fee
  • 21 days or less prior to the program start date: 100% cancellation fee

Deferral Policy

All enrollment deferrals must be requested in writing. Send a note to the Program Registration Team indicating that you wish to have your enrollment deferred to another session of the same program within one year.

Deferral fees are as follows:

  • 42 days or more prior to the program start date:  No fee
  • 41-22 days prior to the program start date: 25% fee
  • 21 days-1 day prior to the program start date: 50% fee
  • On or after the program start date: 100% fee

For all deferral requests, any balance remaining after the fee will be applied toward your tuition in the new session.

  • If you have paid in full: Your payment will be applied to the tuition in the new session, and you will not be charged any increase in tuition related to the new session.
  • If you have not paid in full: You will be billed for the remaining/outstanding tuition for the new session. Please note that there may be an increase in tuition for the new session.

If you choose to defer your admission to a future program session, you must attend that session or you will forfeit all funds previously paid. Only one deferral or substitution per registration is allowed and the new session must occur within one year of the original session date.  Changes to your program registrations may affect any previously applied discounts (e.g. the multiple program registration discount), and may result in an increase in individual program registration fees. There is no cancellation allowed on deferred admissions.

Certain programs require a non-refundable deposit upon acceptance to secure enrollment; this is indicated in the email sent confirming your registration in the program. Should you be unable to attend the program, the deposit is not eligible for refund, regardless of cancellation/deferral date or reason. Within 42 days of the program start date, the standard cancellation and deferral fees will still apply.

Discount Policy

Please note that you may take advantage of only one discount or special offer per program (e.g.,group pricing, MIT alumni discount, etc.). Discounts cannot be combined. Visit the FAQ to see a list of available discounts.

MIT Policies

The following link takes you to a list of MIT policies allowing you to perform a customized search: http://web.mit.edu/offices/category/policies.html. You may also see MIT's code of conduct polices here.

Substitution Policy

If your schedule changes and you can no longer attend the program, you may be able to send a qualified colleague in your place. Only one substitution is allowed per program registration. All substitutes require prior approval from the program faculty. Therefore, any requests for substitutes must be submitted in writing to the Program Registration Team at least 10 days prior to the start of the program. The new participant will also need to fill out an application form.

Visa Letter Policy

MIT will issue a visa invitation letter only after program acceptance and upon receipt of payment in full. $1,000 of your program payment will be considered a non-refundable deposit. Should you be unable to attend the program, the $1,000 deposit is not eligible for refund, regardless of cancellation/deferral date or reason. If you cancel or defer your program enrollment more than 42 days before the program start date, you may apply the $1,000 deposit toward another program enrollment within one year of the original program start date. Within 42 days of the program start date, the standard cancellation and deferral fees also apply.