Graduate Aid at Carnegie Mellon
Federal Aid Eligibility
A student's federal aid eligibility is determined by a student's financial circumstances. While a student (and his/her spouse, if applicable) has the primary responsibility for paying for school, financial aid can bridge the gap between the total costs and the student's ability to pay.
Students are considered for federal financial aid programs by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are considered for institutional financial aid programs by completing the CMU Graduate Student Loan Form.
Maximum Graduate Loan Eligibility
Using the cost of attendance, students can calculate their estimated loan eligibility. Cost of attendance will vary depending on school/college.
- Minus -
Scholarships, Fellowships, Tuition/Fee Stipends (untaxed only)
- Equals -
Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan Eligibility (Maximum is $20,500)
Effective beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, graduate students are no longer eligible to recive direct subsidized loans. View information regarding the Budget Control Act.
If students need additional funds after borrowing the Federal Direct Student Loan, they may wish to consider a Federal Direct Grad PLUS or private loan program.
More information on funding options.