Interest Free Student Loans

Emergency Student Loans

Through the generous gifts of alumni an interest free Emergency Student Loan service is made available through the Office of the Dean of Students at 301 Warner Hall. The Emergency Student Loan is an emergency based loan repayable within 30 days. Loans are available to enrolled students for academic supplies, medication, food or other unforeseeable circumstances.

Student Maternity Loans

Any student who gives birth to a child is eligible to apply for an interest free Student Maternity Loan. Students seeking any of the Maternity Accommodations described below must register with the Office of the Dean of Students by calling 412-268-2075 or visiting the office at 301 Warner Hall. Student Maternity Loans are repayable within one year of the loan disbursement with a repayment plan set up through Office of the Dean of Students. 

Student Maternity Accommodation Protocol

The birth of a child is a significant life event that may require time away from academic pursuits for delivery and recovery from delivery of a newly born child. Female students whose anticipated delivery date is during the course of a semester may need to take time away from their academic responsibilities. Female Carnegie Mellon students seeking time away are afforded two options as possible Maternity Accommodation:

  •     Short-Term Maternity Accommodation – A short term absence from academic responsibilities up to a maximum of six (6) weeks.  Short-Term Maternity Accommodation may be extended by two (2) weeks, for a total of eight (8) weeks, where a longer absence is medically necessary.  Prior to the absence students must work with relevant university faculty and staff to adjust their course work, research, teaching and other academic responsibilities during the period of absence.  This may include extensions of time to complete assignments, incomplete grades, and/or dropping courses, shifting research responsibilities and adjusting TA assignments.  Students who take a Short-Term Maternity Accommodation will remain enrolled.

  •     Formal Leave of Absence– A formal leave of absence under the Student Leave Policy.  Generally, the Student Leave Policy permits students to take a leave of absence for a full-semester, mini-semester, or for the time remaining in the semester during which the leave is taken.  Students who take a Formal Leave of Absence drop all remaining courses for the semester and are unenrolled for the semester.  International students must consult with the Office of International Education before considering this option due to visa implications.

Carnegie Mellon also offers financial assistance to female students who give birth to a child:

  •     Interest Free Loan – Any female student who gives birth to a child is eligible to apply for an interest-free Maternity Loan from the Office of the Dean of Students.

  •     Stipend Continuation – Doctoral students who receive an academic stipend funded by Carnegie Mellon are eligible to continue to receive stipend funding for up to six (6) weeks during a Short-Term Maternity Accommodation or a Formal Leave of Absence.  Continued academic stipend funding may be extended by two (2) weeks, for a total of eight (8) weeks, if an absence longer than six weeks is medically necessary.  

Female students are encouraged to register with the Office of the Dean of Students ninety (90) days in advance of the anticipated delivery and should register no later than sixty (60) days in advance of the anticipated delivery.  At the time of registering, students will have the opportunity to consult about resources, procedures, funding options and preparation for discussing academic accommodations with the student’s academic department.  Students should also consult with their academic advisors either before or in conjunction with registering with the Office of the Dean of Students.

Renee Camerlengo
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Suzie Laurich-McIntyre, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education

For more information: CMU Student Maternity Accommodation Protocol and Resources (pdf)