Carnegie Mellon Press Release: February 20, 2004
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Teresa S. Thomas
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For immediate release:
February 20, 2004

Carnegie Mellon Fall 2004 Tuition Set; Increase Is 5 Percent

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University has announced a 5 percent increase in undergraduate tuition. Tuition will be $30,650 for students entering in fall 2004.

The university also instituted a 0.5 percent, or $150, technology fee that will be used to substantially upgrade Carnegie Mellon's unique computing environment. The fee will help the university "retain and sustain its traditional competitive advantage in the field of computing," Vice President for Enrollment William F. Elliott said.

The university announced that room costs for all students will increase to $4,964, a 5.5 percent increase. Board costs will rise 4 percent to $3,590. The university's Board of Trustees authorized the increases at its Feb. 20 meeting.

The overall cost to attend Carnegie Mellon will be $39,589 for students entering in fall of 2004. This includes tuition, room and board, the technology fee and a $235 student activities fee.

Tuition covers only about 70 percent of the cost of an undergraduate's education. Elliott also noted that nearly two-thirds of all Carnegie Mellon undergraduates receive some form of financial aid.

Funds resulting from the tuition increase will be used by the university to attract and retain outstanding students and faculty. Tuition also supports expansion of undergraduate education initiatives and improvement of teaching and student facilities.

"We want to offer the best possible learning environment for our students, one that is comprehensive and vibrant, extending beyond the classroom into all aspects of student life," said Jared L. Cohon, president of Carnegie Mellon.

"Because of our national and international reputation, we have been able to attract students of the highest caliber. These students come to Carnegie Mellon with high expectations, and we are required to meet those expectations with educational programs, technology advantages, and student services and facilities that are of the highest quality," he added.

Tuition for students who entered in the fall of 2003 will be $30,650, reflecting the 5 percent increase. Students who entered Carnegie Mellon from 2000-2002 will also see a 5 percent increase. Their tuition will be $30,200.

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