Funding & Financial Aid Options at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Financing your Graduate Program

Carnegie Mellon understands that attending a graduate program can be financially challenging. For this reason, we work closely with students who are truly passionate about becoming technology leaders to develop plans for financing their graduate education.

Full-Time Programs

  • INI MSIT Scholarship: As a highly competitive department, the Information Networking Institute (INI) is able to offer all accepted students, including the Pittsburgh-Silicon Valley MSIT programs, financial awards in an amount that varies based on need and merit. The INI awards both partial and full tuition scholarships. Students receiving assistance through the INI must remain in good academic standing. Good academic standing is defined as maintaining a GPA of at least 3.0 in core courses and all courses taken, excluding the project, and having no academic or administrative violations on your record.
  • Research Assistantships: These are available to select full-time students through the bicoastal PhD associated with the CyLab Mobility Research Center.  To apply for an Research Assistantship, please go to our online application and complete the required essay and submit it with your online application.
  • Federal Financial Aid: To be eligible for financial aid, you must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen who is enrolled on at least a half-time basis. You must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, available at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/, the Carnegie Mellon Financial Aid Application (tax returns must be submitted with this form), the Federal Entrance Loan Counseling, and the Federal Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note. We recommend that you complete and return the financial aid applications no later than June 1. Applications may still be completed after this date, but it may delay the receipt of your funds. Please see http://www.cmu.edu/finaid/graduate/index.html for more information.

Part-Time Programs

  • Corporate Tuition Assistance: Most Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley students receive some level of tuition assistance through their companies’ benefits programs. Please be sure to explore this opportunity with your manager or company’s human resource department.
  • Federal Financial Aid: To be eligible for financial aid, you must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen who is enrolled on at least a half-time basis. You must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, available at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/, the Carnegie Mellon Financial Aid Application (tax returns must be submitted with this form), the Federal Entrance Loan Counseling, and the Federal Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note. We recommend that you complete and return the financial aid applications no later than June 1. Applications may still be completed after this date, but it may delay the receipt of your funds. Please see http://www.cmu.edu/finaid/graduate/index.html for more information.

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