Carnegie Mellon University

Waivers related to financial hardship

  • If the $75 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.).
  • Application fee waiver requests must be emailed to
    • In your request you must also include the degree program on which you plan to apply.
    • We will confirm your need, and provide a voucher code which can be used to waive the application fees for up to two programs within SCS.
    • Please allow up to 3-5 business days for your request to be processed.

Waivers for participants of 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, indicate this and provide evidence of that participation by uploading the appropriate document (receipt for registration, membership card, certificates of participation, etc).
  • Application fees will be waived for up to two SCS programs.   

Program: Short Name:
ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing  
American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS
American Indian Science and Engineering Society AISES
American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE
American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME
Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence AAAI
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 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 Identification Program  
Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation LSAMP
Masakhane NLP  
Mathematical Association of America MAA
National Society of Black Engineers NSBE
Out for Undergrad O4U Tech
Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics oSTEM
Queer in AI
Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, & Technology 2020 Conference RESPECT
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  
Widening NLP  
Women in Cybersecurity Conference WiCyS
Women in Machine Learning WiML