Carnegie Mellon University

Summer Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to eligible degree-seeking Carnegie Mellon undergraduate students enrolled in summer courses. Here, you will learn more about the types of aid that are available and how to apply. 

Have a question about financial aid? Email thehub@andrew.cmu.edu. 

Summer Grant Options

Tartan Summer Grant

The Tartan Summer Grant program was established to assist Carnegie Mellon undergraduate students interested in taking summer coursework to stay on track for major requirements or on-time graduation, to proactively prepare for a particularly difficult upcoming semester, or for other academically driven reasons. Eligible students must have demonstrated financial need or extenuating circumstances, such as those that may have occurred as a result of COVID-19-related financial impacts.

Students who wish to be considered for a Tartan Summer Grant should email summer-studies@andrew.cmu.edu after registering for summer  2020 courses. In the email, please indicate whether the courses for which you are registered are required for your major and/or on-time graduation. The preferred deadlines to request grant funding are May 18 for Summer One and Summer All, and June 15 for Summer Two. 

Academic advisors and student support staff may also recommend eligible students for grant funding.

PHEAA Summer State Grants

Students may qualify for a PHEAA summer state grant by completing an application at www.pheaa.org by the August 15 deadline. The summer grant counts toward one of eight full-time semesters of state grant eligibility. Awards are determined by PHEAA with a maximum full-time award of $2,174. To be eligible for a PHEAA State Grant:

  • Student must meet Pennsylvania residency requirements as defined by PHEAA, and
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (36 units) for the combination of all summer sessions.

Federal Pell Grants

Pell Grants are only available for enrolled CMU degree-seeking students registered for summer coursework at CMU who did not receive a full-time Pell Grant during the preceding fall and spring semesters.

Summer Loan Options

Federal Direct Loan

Federal Direct Loans are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. There are two types of Federal Direct Loans: subsidized (for undergraduates only) and unsubsidized. Students interested in applying should submit a Summer Loan Application (pdf). Eligibility will be determined once the application is received by The HUB and processed.

Students who choose to borrow a Federal Direct Loan for summer coursework should keep in mind that their loan eligibility may be reduced for the following academic year. First-time borrowers at Carnegie Mellon should contact their HUB liaison prior to applying for a summer loan. Students taking classes outside of CMU are required to submit Consortium Agreement (pdf) and a letter from their academic department verifying that their units/credits will count toward their CMU degree.

Private Loans

There are other loan options provided by private lenders that may provide supplementary funding for students during the summer. Private loans are not part of federal programs like Federal Direct Loans or PLUS Loans. They are loans provided by private lenders and institutions; therefore, loan terms and limits vary by program and lender. Private loans are based on creditworthiness and may require a co-signer. View more information about private loans