Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

Where artistry and innovation share center stage

Financial Aid

81% of students in the School of Music have some form of financial aid or scholarship.

If you're a US citizen or permanent resident, the FAFSA is required to be considered for federal and state financial aid programs. The CSS PROFILE, along with the FAFSA, is required to be considered for all institutional grant and scholarship programs. Regardless of need, we encourage you to complete these documents in order to be considered for any type of funding.  Follow instructions from the Office of Undergraduate Admission.  Deadline: February 15.  


All applicants to the School of Music are eligible for scholarship and assistantship based on their audition/portfolio review. Assistantships are available in most areas. Students apply for a GA assignment through the School of Music online application.

The School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University offers competitive fellowships and assistantships based on merit and institutional need. The average award covers 70% of tuition.

A Graduate Assistantship, available only for Master's candidates, reduces tuition by $10,000 per year and requires the student to work 10 hours per week for their assigned supervisor.

Graduate applicants will apply for assistantships through the School of Music online aplication.

Fellowship and Assistantships are typically not available for Certificate candidates.

The School of Music awards each enrolling Artist Diploma candidate a full-tuition fellowship with no requirement of assistantship responsibilities.

TUITION 2019-2020

  • Master of Music (Per year): $39,900.00
  • Certificate in Advanced Music Studies (Two semesters of study): $ 9,900.00
  • Music Education Certification: $555.00 per unit

All admitted domestic graduate students at Carnegie Mellon are eligible for federal loans through The Hub. Please visit Graduate Financial Aid for further information on funding options and note that your FAFSA is processed after you choose to enroll at Carnegie Mellon.

Carnegie Mellon makes comprehensive student consumer information available to all students and interested parties. 

Admitted student appeals for fellowship or assistantship should be sent directly to:

Director of Recruitment and Enrollment
School of Music
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890