Carnegie Mellon University

Graduate Tuition and Financial Aid Office

The Tepper School Graduate Financial Aid Office provides support to students applying for educational funding and, to the extent possible, helps them to address financial constraints that limit access to higher education.

The Financial Aid Office (FAO) supports the school’s goal of enrolling and graduating a diverse group of top-qualified students by facilitating the financial aid process and by serving as an educational resource to prospective and current students.

A fundamental characteristic of a successful and timely financial aid process is that it is proactive, requiring action and communication between the student, the FAO and, in many cases, external participants. We encourage and expect engagement on the part of the student in order to effectively facilitate students’ financial aid processes.

The philosophy of the Tepper School of Business FAO includes a core set of objectives developed to support Tepper School graduate students in their goal of achieving advanced degrees.

Our primary objectives are to:

  • Foster a high student-service environment.
  • Provide effective and timely communications to Tepper School of Business graduate students, alumni, and Tepper School and Carnegie Mellon staff and business partners.
  • Treat students with respect and empathy based on their unique and individual needs.
  • Comply with institutional policies and federal and state regulations governing the student aid programs.
  • Always act in the best interest of the student within the confines of institutional policies and federal and state regulations.
  • Ensure confidentiality of students’ data and all personal information shared orally or in writing with the FAO.
  • Seek new knowledge through training and remain current on financial aid options for students.

In addition to meeting the objectives established by our office, all FAO staff members adhere to the university’s Federal and Private Loans and Lender Relationships Code of Conduct [pdf] and accept and follow the ethical standards adopted by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).

Statement of Ethical Principles

The Tepper School Financial Aid Office adheres to the NASFAA Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for Financial Aid Professionals.