Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science

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 living in the U.S. and feel that you are financially unable to pay, please 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 either living outside of the U.S., not a current student, 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.).
  • In your request you must also include the degree program on which you plan to apply.
  • All application fee waiver requests must be emailed to Please allow up to 3-5 business days for your request to be processed. We will confirm your need, and provide a voucher code which can be used to waive the application fees for up to two programs.

Waivers for participants of "pipeline" programs

For qualified participants of certain events, organizations and programs (see list below), an applicant may apply for a waiver during the application process. On the payment screen, you will be presented with the same list that appears below. If you have participated in any of them, you will indicate this and provide evidence of that participation by uploading the appropriate document (receipt for registration, membership card, certificates of participations, etc). Application fees will be waived for up to two of our programs.                                                            

  • ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
  • American Mathematical Society (AMS)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Society of Mechnical Engineers (ASME)
  • Association for the Advancement of Artifical Intelligence (AAAI)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Association for Computing Machinery's Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W)
  • Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI)
  • Black in AI (BAI)
  • Engineers without Borders (EWB)
  • Grace Hopper Celebration
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society (IEEE Computer Society)
  • International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)
  • Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars Program
  • LatinX in AI (LXAI)
  • Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Indentification Program 
  • Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
  • Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, & Technology (RESPECT) 2020 Conference
  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
  • Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • The Sadie Collective
  • Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Conference
  • Women in Machine Learning (WiML)