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Feb. 16: Carnegie Mellon Sets Tiered Tuition Increase for Undergraduates in Fall 2007


Teresa Thomas

Carnegie Mellon Sets Tiered Tuition
Increase for Undergraduates in Fall 2007    

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University has announced a tiered tuition increase for incoming and current undergraduate students for the 2007 fall semester. Tuition for entering undergraduate students will be $36,950, an 8.1 percent increase over last year. Current students will see a tuition increase of 4.1 percent. Students who entered Carnegie Mellon in 2003, 2004 or 2005 will have tuition of $34,405. Tuition for students who came to Carnegie Mellon in 2006 will be $35,580. Carnegie Mellon has used a tiered tuition approach in the past for students already enrolled at the university.    

In 2007, room costs for all students will increase 4.1 percent to $5,663 and board will increase 4.1 percent to $3,997. The university's Board of Trustees authorized the increases at its Feb. 16 meeting.    

Carnegie Mellon uses tuition to sustain and grow the kind of programs that allow it to compete for outstanding students and faculty. Tuition also supports the expansion of undergraduate education initiatives and the improvement of laboratory facilities. However, tuition alone does not cover the average cost of $54,500 for educating a full-time student. The university engages in energetic fundraising efforts to build its endowment and funding for student programs, facilities and scholarships.    

"We aim to offer the best possible learning environment for our students," said Carnegie Mellon Vice President for Enrollment William Elliott. "The student experience here extends beyond the classroom into all aspects of student life. We provide a positive experience for our students and provide them with a strong start on their futures."

Carnegie Mellon offers competitive financial aid packages, and raising money for additional scholarships and student support continues to be a university priority. Elliott said that more than 63 percent of Carnegie Mellon's students receive some form of financial aid. "It is very important for us to be able to reach out to students interested in the great experience of a Carnegie Mellon education," he said.

Competition for a spot in Carnegie Mellon's freshman class continues to intensify. As of Feb. 1, Carnegie Mellon reported a record 22,052 applications for the 1,360 spots in its first-year class, a 19.2 percent increase over last year. "The increase in applications tells us that students value what we deliver — an interdisciplinary, diverse, international approach to education that is also of great quality," Elliott said.

Carnegie Mellon is ranked among the top national research universities by U.S. News & World Report magazine and is one of the top international universities, as ranked by the London Times Higher Education Supplement. Other recent rankings place the university and many of its research programs and academic departments among the top ten nationally.