Carnegie Mellon University

Departmentally Supported Graduate Students

Payroll deductions for departmentally supported graduate students are established by their respective departments and typically cover tuition and/or mandatory fees such as technology, student activities and/or transportation fees. Graduate student workers are paid semi-monthly.

Student Responsibility

Departmentally supported students are responsible for all charges not covered by their departments. Failure to make payments for these charges may result in delayed registration for the following semester. Students may view their current account charges on their most recent invoice in SIO.

Charges such as health insurance, library fines, summer housing, and other miscellaneous charges are not supported by any department through payroll deduction and students should resolve associated balances by the standard payment deadlines included in the student's invoice.

Please view available payment options that may be used to satisfy your personal obligation to CMU above your pay deductions.

Students with Financial Aid

Graduate students receiving financial aid in excess of their amount due to CMU, should not enroll in the Nelnet Health Insurance Plan, as the charges will be deducted from their financial aid.

Graduate Student Transition Loans

The Graduate Student Transition (GST) Loan is a no-interest, semester loan available to first-semester Carnegie Mellon graduate students only to assist with transitional expenses. GST loans may not exceed 75% of the student's monthly gross salary/stipend (exclusive of tuition). 

To obtain a GST loan, students must contact their department to complete a Transition Loan form. An additional $25 processing fee will be deducted from the student’s  pay in semi-monthly equal installments each semester. Graduate students must receive tuition funding by their academic department in order to qualify for a transition loan.

Students who do not qualify for a GST loan and are in need of a short-term loan may apply for an Emergency Loan.