Costs and Support-Modern Languages - Carnegie Mellon University

MA in Applied SLA - Costs and Support

Tuition Remission Scholarships

All students (domestic and international) accepted into the Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition program receive a tuition remission scholarship that covers 50% of the graduate tuition. Additional aid may be available for highly qualified candidates in languages under-represented in the program.

Current Tuition and Fees

Graduate tuition for full-time students for the 2014-15 academic year, as set by the university, is $39,140 per year, or $19,570 per semester. After the 50% tuition remission scholarship, graduate tuition for students in the Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition program during the 2014-15 academic year is $19,570 per year, or $9,785 per semester.

Academic expenses beyond tuition include several university fees.  Fees for 2014-15 have not yet been set, but current amounts can be used as an estimate for 2014-15.  Current fees include an activity fee of $99 per semester, a technology fee of $185 per semester and a transportation fee of $60 per semester (this allows you unlimited free use of the local bus system 24/7). Books and supplies costs vary depending on a student's specific course choices but are generally in the range of $600 per academic year. Additionally, all graduate students are required to purchase a university-sponsored medical insurance plan or provide proof of current enrollment in an existing medical insurance plan.

All international students are required to provide proof of financial support. See the Office of International Education at Carnegie Mellon for detailed information for international students.

Federal Government Loans for Graduate Study

All admitted students who are US citizens or eligible non-citizens can apply for Federal Stafford Loans to cover living costs and educational expenses, including tuition. There are two types of Federal Stafford Loans: subsidized and unsubsidized. Subsidized loans are based on financial need and do not begin to accrue interest until after graduation. Unsubsidized loans are awarded regardless of student or family income. For unsubsidized loans, interest begins accruing when the loan is awarded and may be paid while the student is in school or deferred until after graduation.

The maximum amounts available under each type of loan vary from year to year. You can learn about loans and other federal and state financial aid options from Carnegie Mellon's Office of Financial Aid.

Payment Options

Carnegie Mellon provides a tuition payment service, TMS, which allows you to pay academic year expenses in 10 interest-free monthly installments. The only cost is a small initial application fee. Additional information on payment options through TMS is available through the indicated link above.