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Carnegie Mellon University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$64,495 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$49,610 tuition
$12,830 on campus room & board
$1,000 books and supplies
$1,055 fees
(Based on stats from 2014/2015)

$64,495 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$49,610 tuition
$12,830 on campus room & board
$1,000 books and supplies
$1,055 fees
(Based on stats from 2014/2015)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$22,517 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
70% of students receive aid
13% get federal aid ($7,219 avg)
4% get state aid ($2,608 avg)
54% get institn'l aid ($22,517 avg)
36% get loans ($8,740 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 4.81% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.81% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $24,246 54%
Federal Grant Aid $7,219 13%
Pell Grants $4,293 13%
Other Federal Grants $2,982 12%
Institution Grant Aid $22,517 54%
State Grant Aid $2,608 4%
Student Loans $8,740 36%
Federal Loans $6,289 35%
Other Loans $20,108 5%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: February 15
Financial aid deadline: May 1
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: March 15
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Does Carnegie Mellon University offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
(412) 268-2000


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
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  • Sep-15-2015 I am a current student here

    This could easily be a 3 if you let the years just fly by given the cost of the education. But if you commit to your studies, the rewards are very lucrative with a very high expected starting salary for grads.

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  • 5
  • Anonymous User from PA
  • Nov-06-2014 I am a current student here

    Carnegie Mellon is expensive, but that's because you're paying for an awesome education. I cannot recommend a better place to study - you will learn more here in a day than you ever thought was possible, both inside and outside of the classroom.

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  • 4
  • Theodore from Butler, PA
  • Mar-23-2014 I am a current student here

    It's ridiculously expensive, but will all be worth it when you get a job with a great salary due to your attendance here.

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  • 4
  • Allyson from Arlington, TX
  • Mar-14-2014 I am a current student here

    CMU is good about preparing you for the real world. If you keep in mind how you'll compete in the job market, you'll succeed after graduation. There are some people who majored in let's say art history and minored in cello performance and have a hard time getting a job and had to settle for job that's beneath their skill level. Instead, if you are interested in art, think of getting your minor in it and getting a major that has more job openings or vice versa. CMU is seriously so flexible with academics. If you are interested in writing and art or technology and music there is a major here for you. Just look through the course catalog and do your research. If you however are not getting a significant amount of fin aid, do not stress yourself out, go to a cheaper school or transfer in later. Some people pay almost the whole amount of tuition themselves and it is not worth it.

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