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Each year, we award financial aid to about 91 percent of our students. As a freshman, you may qualify for financial aid if you meet the following eligibility requirements.

Eligibility requirements

Listed here are the general eligibility guidelines for receiving financial aid as a freshman at CMU. You may need to meet additional requirements for specific scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. Your award may be adjusted if we receive information that affects your eligibility. For example, if you receive additional aid beyond what was listed on your award notice, we may reduce your award package.

    You must be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen to receive financial aid at CMU. You cannot be in default on a federal loan or owe a refund or repayment on any federal or state program. You will also need to sign all certification statements.

    Your award is based on full-time enrollment in on-campus courses. If you enroll on a part-time basis, your aid may be reduced or canceled.

    Your financial aid award is based on regular admission to an eligible degree or certificate-granting program of study. Guest students are not eligible for aid from CMU.

    Students who have been admitted on a conditional, provisional, or nondegree basis are not eligible for aid from CMU unless they are enrolled in our teacher certification program or completing prerequisite coursework for regular admission to a CMU graduate program.

    CMU Online students are not eligible for campus-based scholarship programs.

    You must make satisfactory academic progress toward your degree to remain eligible for financial aid.

    Types of aid

    From federal grants and loans to a full-ride scholarship, we customize your financial aid to meet your needs.

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    Your award is contingent on the accuracy of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may be asked to supply additional documentation to support your application.

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