Financial Information

With the combination of tuition, lodging and other living expenses, the total cost of earning a graduate-level education intimidates many students. The INI wants to ensure financial need is not a barrier for students who are passionate about becoming a leader in information networking, information security, or mobility. Therefore, the INI offers students a variety of awards and financial assistance.


Tuition for the INI graduate degree programs is set in the spring for the class entering in the following fall. Read more.

Financial Assistance

As a highly competitive department, the INI is able to consider all accepted applicants for financial awards in an amount that varies based on need and merit. The INI awards both partial and full tuition scholarships. Students receiving assistance through the INI must remain in good academic standing. Good academic standing is defined as maintaining a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in core GPA (average of all core required courses) and cumulative GPA (average of all units taken), excluding the project, and having no academic or administrative violations on your record.

Through corporate and government programs, several unique opportunities in the form of scholarships, fellowships and awards are available to INI students. Read more.

CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service

Carnegie Mellon University has been designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a:

  • National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education (CAE-IA/CD);
  • National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R); and
  • National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-Cyber Ops). 

In that capacity, graduate students in information security may be eligible to participate in the CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) program.The SFS provides full financial assistance to a few highly qualified applicants each year who express an interest and who satisfy all the requirements. Several scholarships are awarded each year (funding permitting). Read more.

Teaching & Research Assistantships (TA/RA)

INI students have the opportunity to work as teaching interns or assistants for courses in other departments. These assignments typically offer a stipend that is determined by the offering department. In addition, students may have the opportunity to work on research projects through affiliated research centers that may offer additional stipends.

Lisa Currin, associate director of admissions, can provide students with more information about financial assistance.

University Financial Aid

The Hub website provides information on financial aid for graduate students, including the Graduate Financial Aid Guide, information about funding options and how to apply for financial aid and other helpful links.

Once enrolled, a student in need of immediate funds for emergency situations should contact the Office of the Dean of Students Affairs to inquire about an Emergency Student Loan.

Non-University Funding Assistance

Students looking for scholarships and other funding not administered by the INI or CMU may consider the awards listed below. The list will be added to as such awards are discovered, but it is the applicant’s/student’s responsibility to make contact with organizations offering the awards. Neither the INI nor CMU endorse these awards; the INI is providing this information simply as a courtesy to assist those who may be looking for additional funding. INI staff does not have any information on the awards listed; you must contact the organization offering the funding for details on applying.

Xerox Scholarship