Financial aid applications are now open! You may now submit the 2021-2022 FAFSA and CSS Profile

Carnegie Mellon offers need-based financial aid to admitted students and is committed to meeting their demonstrated need. This means our admitted students receive financial aid based not on their grades or test scores but on their family's financial need. If you're eligible for need-based financial aid and would like to learn how to apply, read on!

Carnegie Mellon follows a need-blind admission policy, which means we don’t admit U.S. citizens or permanent residents based on their ability to pay for their education. Applying for financial aid will have no effect on your chances for admission. However, it may affect those students we’re able to admit from the waiting list.  

When you complete a financial aid application, the university can determine if you’re eligible for all forms of financial assistance, including federal, state and Carnegie Mellon aid. We offered need-based assistance to 76% of first year students who applied for financial aid for the 2019-2020 school year.  

Carnegie Mellon only offers financial aid to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students. If you don’t fit any of these criteria and plan to enroll at Carnegie Mellon, you and your family must assume the total cost of attendance. Review our International Student Cost & Payment webpage for further information.  

Our Invest in Your Future brochure provides information about the value of a Carnegie Mellon education as well as an overview of the financial aid process, the types of financial aid we offer and how eligibility is determined. 

When Is My Financial Aid Application Due?

Please submit the documents below by November 15 if you're an Early Decision applicant and February 15 if you're a Regular Decision or Early Admission applicant. We'll continue to take documents after these dates, but it may delay your financial aid offer.


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to be considered for federal financial aid and there is no cost for filing this form. Carnegie Mellon's institutional code is 003242. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students are not required to submit the FAFSA.

CSS Profile

The CSS Profile is required to be considered for Carnegie Mellon institutional financial aid. If you need a fee waiver for the CSS Profile, please call the Office of Admission at 412-268-2082. Carnegie Mellon's institutional code is 2074.

Providing the student Social Security Number (SSN) is critical to correctly matching your file. Please note that if this field is left blank or an incorrect number is entered, your financial aid processing may be delayed.

More questions? Check out our CSS Profile Resource Guide webpage.

Tax Documents

Carnegie Mellon requires signed parent and student tax returns, W-2s and all related tax schedules to be considered for institutional financial aid. Non-US tax filers must also submit their foreign tax returns and wage statements, along with a translation. All tax documents must be submitted via the College Board IDOC service. If you made an error on the CSS Profile or have extenuating circumstances, please see our Special Circumstances Request form. We'll only review these documents for admitted students or those on the waiting list. 

In order to guarantee the privacy of your personal information, the Office of Admission doesn't accept any documents pertaining to financial aid via fax or email and will shred these submissions for your security. 

Financial Aid Special Circumstances

Our office reviews special circumstances for students who are either admitted or offered a spot on the Waiting List. If you're an enrolled student, please reach out to your HUB Liaison to review your special circumstances. If you're a prospective student, please check back in the fall for review process instructions.

Financial Aid Principles & Practices

Carnegie Mellon allocates resources carefully and judiciously to the benefit of the high-quality students we seek to enroll in the university. 

  • Federal and state financial aid resources, offered on the basis of financial need, are distributed under federal and state guidelines.
  • Carnegie Mellon values diversity, access and inclusion, and we seek to build a community of people of varied gender, race, academic interest, talent and background to accurately reflect the global community and to provide an enlightening experience for our student body. We use our financial resources to ensure our commitment to diversity.
  • We seek to enroll students of the highest academic and artistic caliber in each of our six undergraduate colleges. We use our financial aid resources to enroll a class that reflects this goal.
  • Carnegie Mellon offers financial aid based solely on demonstrated financial need in order to distribute our resources as equitably as possible to the highly talented students we’ve selected for admission. Applicants who complete a financial aid application will be considered for every available fund from Carnegie Mellon.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Read the instructions