That may sound extreme, but how else can one interpret this policy stated in the Admissions FAQ on its departmental web site?
3. What if I cannot afford the application fee? We understand the financial difficulties associated with application to graduate programs. However, the $70.00 application fee cannot be deferred or waived, except in the case of US minority applicants.
Elsewhere on its web site the Department of Urban Studies and Planning defiantly declares:
Long a goal of both the Department and MIT, strengthening of diversity continues despite the recent national assault on affirmative action.
In the view of the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, “diversity” can only be provided by “US minority applicants.” The web site does not declare whether those US minorities must be native-born American citizens.