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MIT to increase scholarships by 12%

Average MIT grant to increase by $1,500; Tuition, room & board up $1,100 (3.6%)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 8--The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced Monday that need-based scholarship grants will increase 12% next year. MIT projects that the average MIT grant will increase from $12,400 to $13,900, and MIT expects to spend $33 million on undergraduate scholarships. More than half of all undergraduates receive need-based grants.

MIT also announced that all students will get the full benefit of outside scholarships without any reduction in their MIT grant or Federal loan eligibility, where allowed by Federal law. In addition, their families will get the full $1,500 Hope Scholarship tax credit and the $1,000 Lifelong Learning tax credit per taxpayer without any reduction of a student's MIT grant.

MIT said that tuition, room and board for 1999-2000 will increase by $1,100 (an increase of 3.6 percent, the lowest percentage increase since 1970) to $31,900. Of that total, tuition will be $25,000. MIT estimates that the actual cost to MIT of educating a student will be approximately double that, as has been the pattern for the past 30 years. The difference is made up primarily through contributions by past graduates of MIT and through earnings on endowment.

In this year's freshman class of 1,047 students, more than 600 students received financial aid. Of this group, more than 200 families with incomes ranging from $80,000 to over $140,000 had circumstances that qualified them for aid. Families earning over $100,000 who received aid typically had at least two children in college, or other extraordinary financial circumstances.

With nearly three-quarters of MIT undergraduates coming from public high schools, 58 percent qualified for financial aid this year and 52 percent qualified for scholarship grants from MIT.

This year, the parents of roughly 300 undergraduates who have very limited income and assets are not expected to pay anything for the student's education. About 200 of these students need to borrow or earn --from term-time work at MIT-- the student contribution of $7,600. MIT provides scholarship funds for the remainder of their educational costs. The other 100 students have economic circumstances which are so limited that they will be expected to borrow or earn as little as $4,100.

About 25 percent of MIT students and/or their parents pay the full amount of tuition, room, and board, MIT estimates. Fully 75 percent receive various forms of financial aid and educational financing. For example, about 15 percent of students, who are from wealthier families who fail to qualify for financial aid from MIT nevertheless receive scholarships from sources outside of MIT. Such scholarships may be based on academic merit, geography, participation in ROTC, or other factors.

The tuition and financial aid for 1999-2000 were approved by the Executive Committee of the MIT Corporation and announced by President Vest at a meeting of the Corporation, MIT's board of trustees.

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