Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$31,102
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$11,370
$30k - $48k
$13,608
$48k - $75k
$18,049
$75k - $110k
$28,240
$110k+
$48,918
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$55,465
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$55,465
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$14,418
Books and Supplies
$1,000
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: thehub@andrew.cmu.edu

Aid & Grants

0
100
97%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
12%
Average Aid Per Year
$38,163
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
12%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$7,534
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$35,978
Students receiving state aid
2%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$3,325
Students receiving federal aid
14%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$7,534
Average Grant & Scholarship By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$55,057
$30k - $48k
$50,372
$48k - $75k
$49,866
$75k - $110k
$41,431
$110k+
$21,431
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
$93,729,338
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$9,724,701

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
37%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$6,155
Students receiving federal loans
36%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$3,951
Average Other Loans Per Year
$24,418
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$24,500
Loan Default Rate
1%
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$281

What Students Are Saying

4.06 Average Rating
The average carnegie mellon graduate gets a lot of money per year, and has better opportunities for advancement than the average. This college will pay for itself if you put your effort in.
Mathew from Jensen Beach, FL
This can always be up for debate. Although the cost is very high, the experience is priceless.
Jacob from Pittsburgh, PA
It is true that Carnegie Mellon doesn't have the most amazing financial aid services, but the education that you are receiving here is definitely worth it. Also, you would definitely enjoy being a part of the great history and fun family that is CMU.
Hira from Hamilton, NJ
Carnegie Mellon University is insanely expensive, but the amount of learning that goes on in one week shows why it is so expensive. They are kind of random when it comes to giving out scholarships so even if you really deserve a large financial package, you might not get it. However students earn inordinate sums of money after graduating so it is worth your while.
Paige from Elk Grove, CA
Carnegie Mellon is very expensive. The school does however offer good financial aid, and can often bring down the price to meet other colleges.
Sam from Pittsburgh, PA
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.
-M
Our tuition is a hefty price tag, but doing things like living off campus and cooking for yourself can greatly reduce the cost. Additionally, CMU actually offers very generous need-based grants, so you never know exactly how much you'll end up paying until you sit down and work closely with a financial aid officer. I'm paying less than I would at a state school in CA as a resident, which is amazing and a serious blessing.

The people you will connect with and the supportive network of professors, instructors, and professionals is very much worth the money spent.
R from PITTSBURGH, PA
This school knows how to get you a job. The teachers know their stuff. There are resources everywhere to make sure that you are doing well in school. The career center is great! The tutoring is also very useful, and almost everyone takes advantage of Academic Development.
Hailey from Ridgefield, CT

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