Carnegie Mellon University

CMU Enrollment Bulletin

The CMU Enrollment Bulletin showcases the latest research on financial aid, national student data, higher education hot topics and more. 

Financing a college education takes commitment, creativity and perseverance. This bulletin examines the financial aid landscape for undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon, including need-based financial aid, types of aid, Pell Grant dollars, average borrowing, and graduates' loan default rates. 

Undergraduate Financial Aid Landscape (pdf)

Updated February 2021

Like many of its peers, Carnegie Mellon is a high-cost institution; at the same time, we are committed to making a CMU education attainable for students from all socio-economic backgrounds by applying over $109.5 million of CMU dollars (in 2019-20) for need-based financial aid. In comparison to our peers, CMU provides a good value to our students in terms of annual expenditures that support student instruction.

Cost of Attendance (pdf)

Updated February 2021

CMU's Career and Professional Development Center provides updated post-graduation salary information that helps to tell the story of the value of a Carnegie Mellon educational experience.

Note: While Enrollment Services no longer updates Return on Investment (ROI) bulletin, an archived copy (pdf) that was last updated in 2017 is available. The bulletin provides information regarding earning potential for CMU graduates and median salary by job (from a 2017 PayScale report), in addition to information currently provided by the Career and Professional Development Center.

Carnegie Mellon is home to over 200 students, faculty and staff identifying themselves as veterans. These members of the CMU community contribute to the vitality and hard-working spirit of the campus. This bulletin focuses on CMU's military veteran and ROTC students, and shares information about financial aid resources, campus services and career opportunities. 

CMU Military Veterans & ROTC Community (pdf)

Updated January 2020