Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

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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. Carnegie Mellon is committed to providing competitive need-based financial aid. Follow instructions from the Office of Undergraduate AdmissionDeadline: February 15  

Less than 15% of undergraduate applicants receive music scholarship. We participate in a "reaction" process with the Office of Admission every April, to review music student packages with interested families, for consideration of music scholarship. The process is very competitive, but we encourage all interested students to apply as cases are reviewed holistically. While we do not have significant scholarship for undergraduate applicants, we hope that the competitive need-based aid will allow admitted students to consider Carnegie Mellon University. Please contact Megan Grady, Director of Recruitment & Enrollment (mgrady@cmu.edu) to learn more.

All Master's applicants to the School of Music are eligible for scholarship and assistantship based on their audition/portfolio review. Assistantships are available in most areas for master's students. Students indicate interest in consideration for a graduate assistantship through the School of Music online application.

All Advanced Music Studies applicants to the School of Music are eligible for scholarship based on their audition/portfolio review. AMS candidates are not eligible for assistantships.

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 and related expenses.

New for Fall 2021 and beyond: A Graduate Assistantship, available only for Master's candidates, includes a stipend of $10,000 per year (paid biweekly during the academic year) and requires the student to work up to 10 hours per week for their assigned supervisor.

Graduate applicants will apply for assistantship consideration through the School of Music online application.

Fellowship and Assistantships are not available for Music Education Certificate candidates.

TUITION 2021-2022 (UPDATED March 2021)

  • Master of Music (Per year): $41,000.00 - no increase from 2020-2021 tuition
  • Certificate in Advanced Music Studies (Two semesters of study): $ 9,900.00
  • Music Education Certification: $569.00 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. Estimated Cost of Attendance can be found here. This is typically updated each summer, but costs do not change drastically year-to-year. Please note: there is no graduate campus housing - the room and board estimates are to assist with rent and cost of living estimates for Pittsburgh.

Admitted student appeals for fellowship or assistantship should be sent directly to:
Megan Grady, Director of Recruitment and Enrollment, School of Music
mgrady@cmu.edu 
Please do not mail appeals requests.