Presidential & Carnegie Scholarship Programs-Student Financial Aid - Carnegie Mellon University

Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship Program was established in 2014 to attract exceptionally gifted prospective students and to address financial barriers in supporting these students’ desire to attend Carnegie Mellon University. This prestigious program provides both financial support and high-level recognition for this exceptional group of students.

A Presidential Scholarship is renewable for eight (8) semesters of undergraduate education (10 semesters for students in the School of Architecture), as long as satisfactory academic progress and full-time enrollment are maintained.

Students do not need to complete a separate application process to be considered for a Presidential Scholarship; however, applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS PROFILE. A student and his/her family must demonstrate some level of financial need based on the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE information in order to qualify for a Presidential Scholarship. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to be considered for a Presidential Scholarship. 

Carnegie Scholarship

Carnegie Mellon awards the Carnegie Scholarship to qualified incoming first-year students. Carnegie Scholarships are awarded to academically and artistically talented middle income students who qualify for little to no need-based financial aid.

The Carnegie Scholarship is renewable for 8 semesters of undergraduate education (10 semesters for students in the School of Architecture), if satisfactory academic performance is maintained (cumulative 2.0 QPA) and Carnegie Mellon tuition is assessed.

All qualified U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to be considered for the Carnegie Scholarship. Students do not need to complete a separate application process to be considered for the Carnegie Scholarship; however, applicants must complete the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE in order to be considered. Scholarship winners are notified in their financial aid award letter. Those awarded a Carnegie Scholarship must submit all of the required forms associated with applying for financial aid before the scholarship can be credited toward the student account. The scholarship is only awarded to incoming first-year students during the admission process.

Dependents of Carnegie Mellon employees who qualify for tuition remission are not eligible for a Carnegie Scholarship. External transfer applicants are also not eligible for scholarship consideration.