Health and Family

Help with medical, dental, and child care expenses


  • Backup Child Care for Students The MIT Work Life Center offers subsidized back up child care for graduate students at a reduced cost. Free referrals for ongoing child care servcies are also offered through the Graduate Assistance and Information Network (GAIN) as part of the MIT Work Life Center.

  • As of September 1, 2018, MIT graduate students have access (according to eligibility) to two different leaves when they give birth or undertake significant responsibilities for a newborn child or a child newly placed with them: Childbirth Accommodation and/or Parental Leave.

  • Donate and pick up recycled items. Everything at Choose to Reuse is free! Items include clean and usable clothes, books, and other household items. You don’t have to give items to get items! Events are held the third Thursday of the month during the academic year in Stata Center.

  • Graduate Residential Life offers a Family Food Grant to graduate student families who are experiencing food insecurity.

  • Held in October and April, Spouses & Partners Connect Kids' Clothing Exchange offers free kids' clothing, outerwear, shoes, toys and books for children ages birth-5. Expectant parents welcome. Find dates in their calendar.

  • The Miller Fund is a resource available to help with medical costs not covered by insurance. For more information, undergraduates should make an appointment with a dean in Student Support Services by calling (617) 253-4861. Graduate students should contact of the Deans in the Office of Graduate Education at (617) 253-4860. You can meet to discuss your individual circumstance with a dean to see if you are eligible for the Miller Fund.

  • MIT Reuse List is a group email list for exchanging free and for-sale items located at MIT or within the greater Boston area.

  • The MIT Student Furniture Exchange (FX), a service project of the MIT Women's League since 1960, sells used furniture and household goods at bargain prices and is open to the MIT, Harvard, Suffolk, and BU communities.

  • Tufts School of Dentistry offers low fee services.