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Feb. 22: Carnegie Mellon Sets Tiered Tuition Increase For Undergraduates in Fall 2008


Ken Walters                           

Carnegie Mellon Sets Tiered Tuition Increase
For Undergraduates in Fall 2008 

PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Mellon University has announced a tiered tuition increase for incoming and current undergraduate students for the 2008 fall semester. Tuition for entering undergraduate students will be $39,150, a 6 percent increase over last year.

Current students will see a tuition increase of 4 percent. For students who entered Carnegie Mellon in 2003, 2004 or 2005, tuition will be $35,780. Tuition for students who came to Carnegie Mellon in 2006 will be $37,000. For students who entered the university in 2007, tuition will be $38,430. Carnegie Mellon has previously used a tiered tuition approach to help reduce the impact of tuition increases on students who are already enrolled at the university. 

In 2008, room costs for all students will increase 4.1 percent to $5,860 and board will increase 4.1 percent to $4,160. The university's Board of Trustees authorized the increases at its Feb. 22 meeting.  

Carnegie Mellon uses tuition to sustain and grow 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 falls far short of the total cost of educating a full-time student. As a result, the university engages in energetic fundraising efforts to build its endowment and funding for student programs, facilities and scholarships.  

"Our goal is to provide the very best learning environment for our students," said Carnegie Mellon Vice President for Enrollment William Elliott, who noted that the university asks for input from parents and students when considering tuition increases.

"When we talk with parents and students about tuition, they always note how important it is that we maintain the quality of our educational programs," he said. "The increase will help us to maintain that quality and provide a positive experience that allows students to lay the foundation for future success, both professionally and personally."

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 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.

Landing a spot in Carnegie Mellon's freshman class remains highly competitive. As of Feb. 1, Carnegie Mellon had received 21,747 applications for the 1,360 spots in its first-year class. "The number of applications tells us that students value what we deliver - an interdisciplinary, diverse, international approach to education that is also of great quality," Elliott said.

In 2008, Carnegie Mellon was ranked among the top 25 national research universities by U.S. News & World Report magazine. It is also one of the top international universities, ranking 20th in the world according to the 2007 London Times Higher Education Supplement. Other recent rankings place the university and many of its research programs and academic departments among the top 10 nationally.