Carnegie Mellon University
February 23, 2021

CMU Freezes Undergraduate Tuition Rate for 2021-22 Academic Year

Dear Members of the Carnegie Mellon University Community: 

Each year the university reviews the cost of providing a world-class CMU education and sets tuition, room and board and associated fees accordingly. While those costs ordinarily may have led us to a corresponding increase in tuition, in recognition of this extraordinary time and the circumstances our students and their families are currently facing, I write to share that the Board of Trustees has endorsed the university’s decision to not increase undergraduate tuition for the 2021-22 academic year. Please note that graduate tuition rates are set by individual schools and colleges at the program level.  

As such, undergraduate tuition will remain fixed at $57,560. The rates for room and board are $9,614 for a standard double room and $6,536 for a traditional first-year meal plan, which represents an 0.8 percent increase to the total undergraduate cost of attendance for the 2021-22 academic year. Approved rates for other associated fees may be found at the Student Financial Services website. The most current information about financial aid, cost of attendance, and the role of tuition in operating revenue and educational expenses in the university’s annual budget can be found on the CMU Enrollment Bulletin website.

We recognize the sacrifices students and their families have made during the pandemic. As we prepare for the year ahead, Carnegie Mellon maintains a commitment to providing financial aid to meet the demonstrated need of our students and we will continue to leverage philanthropy to the university and institutional aid to assist students who have been especially impacted by these challenging times. We are humbled by the commitment made by CMU students and their families to attend CMU, and value the trust placed in the university to deliver a quality learning experience. 

In the coming weeks, we will also share information on the 2021-22 academic calendar and more details about the summer and fall semesters to allow our students and their families as much time as possible to plan.

Jim Garrett
Provost and Chief Academic Officer