SCS Graduate Application Fee Waiver

The School of Computer Science offers graduate application fee waivers for reasons related to financial hardship and to participants of certain programs. 

Please note that applicants who are granted a fee waiver will be reviewed for admission in the same manner as all other applicants. Reviewers of your academic credentials will not have access to any information about fee waiver requests.

Waivers for Participants of Programs

We provide fee waivers for participants of certain programs and organizations (see the list below). If you qualify, you are able to submit your fee waiver right from the SCS Graduate Application's application/payment screen. After selecting your program, include evidence of participation by uploading the appropriate documents (receipt for registration, membership card, certificates of participation, etc.). Application fees will be waived for up to two of our programs.

ProgramShort Name
ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing 
American Indian Science and Engineering SocietyAISES
Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized ScientistsABRCMS
Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving InstitutionsAAPISIs
Association for Computing Machinery's Council on Women in Computing ACM-W
Black in AIBAI
CMU alums who graduated with one or more degrees at any level (undergrad, master's or Ph.D.) in any department/college at CMU. CMU Alum
CMU Rales Fellows
CMU students currently enrolled in a degree-granting program at any level (undergrad, master's or Ph.D.) in any department/college at CMU.CMU Student
Engineers Without BordersEWB
Grace Hopper Celebration 
HCII Summer Undergraduate Research Program at CMU
Hispanic-Serving InstitutionsHSIs
Historically Black Colleges and UniversitiesHBCUs
International Society for Computational BiologyISCB
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars Program 
LatinX in AILXAI
Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program 
Lesbians Who Tech
Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority ParticipationLSAMP
Masakhane NLP 
McNair Scholars
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship ProgramMMUF
National Society of Black EngineersNSBE
Out for Undergrad O4U Tech

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

oSTEM Financial Aid and Application Review Programs

Queer in AI
Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Software Engineering Program at CMUREUSE
Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing & Technology ConferenceRESPECT
Robotics Institute Summer Scholars at CMURISS
Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science SACNAS
Society of Asian Scientists and EngineersSASE
Society of Hispanic Professional EngineersSHPE
Society of Women EngineersSWE
The Sadie Collective 
Tribal Colleges and UniversitiesTCUs
United States Military
Widening NLP 
Women in Cybersecurity ConferenceWiCyS
Women in Data Science WorldwideWiDs
Women in Machine LearningWiML
Women Who Code

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If you would like to suggest an organization/event for us to add to our list above, please complete our suggestion form with the name of the organization/event and a link to a website or provide another source of background information about the organization/event. We will update our organization/event list on November 1, 2024.

Waivers Related to Financial Hardship

  • If the application fee presents financial hardship to the applicant, we will consider a fee waiver request.
    • If you are currently attending a U.S. based institution and feel that you are financially unable to pay, obtain a letter from your Financial Aid Office explaining your inability to pay and their support of a waiver. Upon receipt of this letter, your fee will be waived.
    • If you are not a current student, are living outside of the U.S., or are unable to obtain a financial aid letter, include a brief description of your financial need and any documentation that supports your request (such as a tax return form, W2, etc.).
      • Please do not include information about exchange rates, we are aware of those situations. 
  • After submission we will confirm your need and waive the application fees for up to two programs.

Financial Fee Waiver Deadline

  • We will accept financial fee waiver requests starting on September 4, 2024.
  • The final deadline to submit a financial fee waiver request is December 4, 2024 at 3 p.m. EST. 
    • We will not consider any late submissions by email.

        The financial fee waiver request is closed for the 2023-2024 Application Season.


Deadline for Requesting Fee Waivers:
December 6, 2023 (3 p.m. EST)

Deadline for Application:
December 13, 2023 (3 p.m. EST)