Financial Aid News - 2015

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  • On Friday, March 13, Student Financial Services released the new SFS website. The old website has been retired and all links to the former URL will now redirect users to the new homepage.Student Financial Services new website

    To create the new site, the SFS web team worked with DCAD and Moth Design to develop an extensive project plan with several key components: researching the needs of our students through a discovery phase, building the information architecture (the “bones” of the site) using our research, and finally designing and developing a site that met all of our stated goals.

    To understand our current audience and to improve upon the quality of our content structure, we surveyed our users via focus groups and one-on-one interviews with undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, parents, and staff. In our research we discovered that students and our users wanted:

    • More clarity and transparency in understanding how financial aid works
    • Easy-to-find dates and deadlines
    • Resources dedicated to parents
    • Automated forms and processes

    Next, we created our information architecture and sitemap to address the issues users identified, along with others we found through our daily interactions with students...

  • Undergraduate financial aid budget to grow 8.8 percent; tuition and fees will rise 3.75 percent.

    MIT undergraduate financial aid 2015-16Underscoring its commitment to preserving broad access to MIT, the Institute will allocate $103.4 million next year to ensure affordability for its 4,500 undergraduate students — the first time MIT’s annual financial aid budget will exceed $100 million.