Carnegie Mellon follows a need-blind admission policy, therefore, applying for financial aid will have no effect on your chances for admission. It may have an effect, however, on which students we’re able to admit from the waiting list.   

By completing a financial aid application, we can determine if you’re eligible for all forms of financial assistance — both from federal and state governments and from Carnegie Mellon.  

Carnegie Mellon only offers financial aid to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students. If you're an international student who plans 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 Financial Aid Assistance Guide provides a detailed overview of the financial aid process, from how eligibility is determined, to the types of financial aid Carnegie Mellon offers. 

Requested Documents when Applying for Financial Aid

Please submit the documents below by our February 15 financial aid deadline.


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 submit a document to IDOC that explains the error or situation. 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. 

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Read the instructions