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>> 85% of CMU students receive some form of financial assistance

>> $50+ million in scholarships awarded annually

We offer merit-based and competitive scholarships based on a variety of factors including academic success, community engagement, multicultural awareness and more. U.S. citizens and permanent residents graduating high school in 2020 and entering college that fall as freshmen are eligible for the following awards.

Merit-based scholarships

Our Maroon and Gold Merit Recognition Scholarships consider high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores. These scholarships cover anywhere from 20–75 percent of tuition (30 new CMU credits per academic year) for up to four years. The value of these scholarships increases as your tuition increases for higher-level courses. 

Incoming freshmen who have applied to CMU are automatically considered for these awards. Submit a complete application including all supporting materials by Dec. 1 for priority consideration.

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Renewal Requirements

All students must live on campus for two years. In your first year, as long as you're enrolled full-time (12 credits fall/spring), and you earn 30 credit hours over the academic year (summer included), you'll keep your merit scholarship for your second year.

In order to renew your scholarship for year three, you must have a 3.0 GPA and have earned 60 new CMU credits.


Competitive awards for new freshmen

Competitive awards require a supplemental application. In addition to the scholarships below, be sure to research scholarships provided by CMU academic departments.

100 percent of tuition (up to 33 credit hours per year), fees, room and board, and $5,000 to study away
Admission to the CMU Honors Program
Winners of the Centralis Scholarship competition 
Minimum 3.70 GPA and 1260 SAT (or 27 ACT)  to qualify for competition
Up to 20 awarded annually
100 percent of tuition (up to 33 credit hours per year) and $5,000 to study away
Admission to the CMU Honors Program
Winners of the Centralis Scholarship competition 
Minimum 3.70 GPA and 1260 SAT (or 27 ACT)  to qualify for competition
Up to 80 awarded annually

$5,000 one-time stipend to study away (in addition to earned merit award)
Admission to the CMU Honors Program
Winners of the Centralis Scholarship competition 
Minimum 3.70 GPA and 1260 SAT (or 27 ACT)  to qualify and must fill out Centralis application
Up to 50 awarded annually

$2,000–$8,000 per year
3.0 GPA
Up to 40 awarded annually

100 percent of tuition, room and board, and books
Up to 10 awarded annually​
Download application (PDF)​​

$4,125 per year
Up to 60 awarded annually​​
$4,125 per year
Up to 10 awarded annually​
Incoming freshmen from a Detroit high school​
Download application (PDF)​​
100 percent of tuition, room and board
One scholarship awarded annually​
Incoming freshman or transfer majoring in journalism, broadcast and cinematic arts, or a related field.