The Standard Professional Development Fund Reimbursement Request Form

Submit this form to request a reimbursement that will deduct from your annual $400 Professional Development Fund. You will receive an email response that will indicate an approved request, the need for more information, or a denied request. The fund replenishes in accordance with MIT’s fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). Members can access their funding at any time during the year with assistance from OME staff.


  • Reimbursements may take 2-3 weeks to be processed.
  • Include the best mailing address to reach you. MIT campus mailing addresses are valid.
  • MIT will not reimburse for sales tax.
  • Receipts must display your name and indicate the item was paid for. An invoice that displays a due balance but no record of payment will not be accepted.

Funding can be used for (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Graduate school standardized test prep and registration fees (e.g, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT)
  • Internship-related travel expenses (e.g., airfare)
  • Conference-related expenses (e.g., registration, airfare, hotel)
  • Special program fees (e.g., Management Leadership for Tomorrow)
  • Graduate school application fees
  • Skill building activities related to a future job (e.g., coding books, Coursera subscription, etc.)
  • Professional dress clothes (through special permission)
  • Other expenses approved by OME staff

Funding cannot be used for:

  • Electronics
  • Textbooks for classes
  • MIT fees (e.g., registration hold fees, etc.)
  • Meals

If you have questions about whether something would qualify as professional development, email thestandard [at] (thestandard[at]mit[dot]edu).

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