Carnegie Mellon University

Costs and Support

Current Tuition and Fees

Graduate tuition for full-time students for the 2020-21 academic year is $46,690 per year, or $23,345 per semester. All students (domestic and international) accepted into the Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition program for the 2020-21 academic year will receive a tuition scholarship of $22,660 per year, or $11,330 per semester.

Academic expenses beyond tuition include several university fees. Fees for 2020-21 include an activity fee of $111 per semester, a technology fee of $220 per semester, and a transportation fee of $122 per semester (this gives you unlimited free use of the local bus system, 24/7). Costs for books and supplies vary depending on a student's specific course choices, but are generally in the range of $600 for the academic year. Additionally, all graduate students are required to purchase a university-sponsored medical insurance plan or provide proof of current enrollment in an existing medical insurance plan.

All international students are required to provide proof of financial support. See the Office of International Education at Carnegie Mellon for detailed information for international students.

Federal Government Loans for Graduate Study

All admitted students who are US citizens or eligible non-citizens can apply for Federal Stafford Loans to cover living costs and educational expenses, including tuition. There are two types of Federal Stafford Loans: subsidized and unsubsidized. Subsidized loans are based on financial need and do not begin to accrue interest until after graduation. Unsubsidized loans are awarded regardless of student or family income. For unsubsidized loans, interest begins accruing when the loan is awarded and may be paid while the student is in school or deferred until after graduation.

The maximum amounts available under each type of loan vary from year to year. You can learn about loans and other federal and state financial aid options from Carnegie Mellon's Office of Financial Aid.

Payment Options

Carnegie Mellon provides a tuition payment service, TMS, which allows you to pay academic year expenses in 10 interest-free monthly installments. The only cost is a small initial application fee. Additional information on payment options through TMS is available through the link above.