Cost and Financial Aid for Incoming Freshmen
A CMU degree is an investment in your future. Here, you'll not only gain the knowledge to earn your degree but get the experience to launch your career. In fact, nearly 94 percent of our graduates are either working in their field or pursuing further education within six months of graduation.
We're here to help make that happen. If you're a U.S. resident, you'll pay in-state tuition. And, 91 percent of our students receive some type of financial aid, bringing their out-of-pocket cost down as much as 100 percent.
Estimated CMU costs
When estimating the expenses you may incur during the course of a school year, consider the expenses you pay directly to CMU (tuition, for example), and those you do not (such as personal or travel expenses). Keep in mind your actual cost is likely to be lower due to course load, housing and food selection, scholarships, and financial aid.
Direct costs billed by CMU
|Tuition (based on lower-level rate)||$13,740|
|Food & Housing||$12,150|
|Student Services Fee||$450|
|Total Direct Costs*||$26,340|
*Based on 30 credits per year at the 2023-2024 lower-level tuition rate. Rates may change.
Tuition: CMU charges tuition based on credit hours. All U.S. residents pay in-state tuition. Lower-level tuition is $458 per credit hour for students with less than 56 credit hours. Upper-level tuition is $498 per credit hour for those with 56 credit hours or more. Students with fewer than 12 credits per semester are considered part-time and may receive less CMU, federal, and state aid.
Food & Housing: CMU requires first- and second-year students to live on campus. Exceptions may be requested for qualifying students.
Other anticipated expenses
Indirect costs are also part of college. These costs, such as books, supplies, and transportation, will vary depending on your personal needs and decisions.
Net price calculator
Plug in a few numbers to get an estimate of your true cost to attend CMU.
Scholarships, grants and loans
From federal grants and loans to a full-ride scholarship, we customize your financial aid to meet your needs.
How to apply for financial aid
It’s easy to apply, and we’re here to help.
Assess your eligibility
Learn more about the criteria you need to meet to receive financial aid at CMU.