Carnegie Mellon University

Tuition & Fees

Note for Fall 2021 Incoming Students: Tuition for 2021-22 academic year will be published later in the Spring 2021 semester.

Students matriculating in the INI will be assessed tuition at the start of each semester (including summer) they are enrolled in courses at the established tuition rate for the current academic year. Tuition for the 2020-21 academic year is set at $25,050/semester. 

If students are registered for fewer than 36 units in any given semester, they will be assessed tuition at the per unit tuition rate for the current academic year. Per unit tuition for the 2020-21 academic year is set at $696/unit.   

Please note:

  • In the summer prior to matriculation, tuition for Summer 2020 courses will be charged at a per unit rate of $466.
  • Students are billed at the beginning of each semester.

Additionally, the following standard university fees apply to all graduate students in 2020-2021: 

2020-21 Academic Year Fees

Fall 2020

Spring 2021

Activity Fee

$90 (amended)*

$55 (amended)**

Public Transportation Fee*** $122 $122
Technology Fee

$220

 $220

*Amended Activity Fee Rationale for Fall 2020: The Graduate Student Assembly will continue its on-campus and national advocacy efforts to serve and support the academic and professional experience for all graduate students at Carnegie Mellon, whether locally or abroad. The fee has been reduced after reevaluating funds for in-person Orientation programming and other large fall events/expenditures that are not going to require the normal funding capacity.

**Amended Activity Fee for Spring 2021: Given the ongoing global pandemic and rationale similar to Fall 2020, student government bodies on the Pittsburgh campus voted to amend the activity fee for Spring 2021. 

***Pittsburgh & Silicon Valley Students: The Transportation Fee will be assessed at the regular rate for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 to all students living locally (Pittsburgh area or Silicon Valley area), regardless of whether they live on-campus, off-campus independently or off-campus as a dependent.

Additional expenses for INI students in AY 2020-21 are estimated as follows: 

Additional Expenses*

 Estimated Cost* for AY 2020-21

Books and Supplies $2,278
Food/Lodging $15,434
Health Insurance** $2,603
Personal and Miscellaneous $2,701
Travel $1,158

*These expenses are based on preliminary estimates and may be subject to change
**Health Insurance estimate based on 2020-21 Academic Year cost for the individual standard plan

Tuition Rates for INI Students Enrolled in Fall 2019 and Earlier:

Please refer to the drop down section below for tuition information relevant to your program start.

For students enrolled in the INI in Fall 2019, the total tuition for the program is $87,500.

This rate is fixed, without the typical tuition increase in your second year. The program tuition fee will be charged at the per unit rate of $608 each semester, with a cap of $29,167 per semester and $87,500 for the entire program. 

  • Summer courses, if taken, are charged additional tuition at a per unit rate of $608.
  • Students are billed each semester based on the number of units in which they are enrolled, subject to the caps listed above.

For students enrolled in the INI in Fall 2018, the total tuition for the program is $85,000. 

This rate is fixed, without the typical tuition increase in your second year. The program tuition fee will be charged at the per unit rate of $590 each semester, with a cap of $28,333 per semester and $85,000 for the entire program. 

  • Summer courses, if taken, are charged additional tuition at a per unit rate of $590.
  • Students are billed each semester based on the number of units in which they are enrolled, subject to the caps listed above.

For students enrolled in the INI before Fall 2018: tuition for the 2020-21 academic year is $50,100 ($25,050/semester). 

International students must complete the Carnegie Mellon University "Financial Statement," which reflects the minimum estimated cost for a Carnegie Mellon graduate student.

Billing & Payment

All admitted students who return a Graduate Student Data Sheet to the INI to accept the admission offer are entered into the Carnegie Mellon Student Services System (S3). This system is the basis for class registration and tuition billing, among other online services.

Please Note: Students who receive tuition scholarships through the INI will not receive these funds directly. The INI will apply the tuition scholarship to the student's account.

The tuition billing and payment process for all INI students are handled centrally by Enrollment Services (The Hub).

Access the HUB 

Health Insurance

Health insurance is mandatory for all students. The estimated expense listed above is based on an individual student plan.

A foreign student who is married and whose spouse and children are in the United States with him/her is required to purchase the family plan health insurance. The current estimated cost for the family standard plan is $7,739 per year.

The health insurance rates listed are estimates only; the actual cost of student health insurance is set annually. Anyone enrolling in the university health insurance plan must pay the full premium at the time of registration.

All tuition bills include a charge for the least expensive of all the health insurance plans offered.

Students who already have health insurance comparable to the plans offered by Carnegie Mellon may submit a waiver form and have the charge removed from their tuition. Students may also upgrade their health insurance plan if they desire more coverage.

Visit Health Services website for more information