Heinz College MSISPM Scholarships and Student Funding (2023)

Your education is one of the most valuable investments you will ever make. We can help you pay for it.

How to fund your education is undoubtedly a factor in your decision to apply to graduate school and where to apply.

We're here to help you determine the cost of your master's degree and provide you with payment strategies and options.

Below is detailed information on scholarships, student employment opportunities and loans to help offset the cost of your MSISPM education. If you have any questions about financing your studies, please send an e-mail to the Admissions Office athnzadmit@andrew.cmu.edu, or call 412-268-2164.


Applicants to the MSISPM program may be considered for any of the following applicable scholarship opportunities:

  • merit grants
    MSISPM program grants

    These merit scholarships are awarded to exceptional students who participate in the MSISPM program based on their academic and/or professional achievement.

    Pittsburgh Regional Leaders Scholarships

    Heinz College offers a limited number of Regional Leaders Scholarships to full-time and part-time students who have served the Pittsburgh community. If you are interested in a regional leadership fellowship, we require that an individual who can attest to their commitment and impact to the Pittsburgh community write at least one of their acceptance recommendations.

    Grants for American Security Experts

    Heinz College awards a minimum scholarship of $10,000 per semester up to a full scholarship to eligible students. To be interested in an American Security Professionals Fellowship, you must be a US citizen, wish to apply full-time, and have a strong commitment to IT management.

    it lab: intensive summer fellowships in security (ssi) and information systems in the community (isc)

    If you successfully complete the IT Lab: SSI or ISC summer program at Carnegie Mellon University prior to completing your bachelor's degree and are admitted to the MSISPM program, you may be eligible for a scholarship ranging from half tuition to full tuition.

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    Excellence in Technology Scholarships

    Heinz College offers a limited number of medium-term Technology Excellence scholarships each year. These scholarships are awarded to exceptional students participating in the MSISPM program. The awards are based on the student's potential for excellence and leadership in the field of information technology and management. Preference will be given to students who (i) have shown interest and commitment to promoting women in technology-related areas, (ii)Gender Studies/Theory majors/minor students, (iii) HBCU and HSI graduates, (iv) students who are the first in their families to enter graduate school, and/or (v) students majoring in English is their second language.

  • partnership grants
    Heinz College Strategic Partners Scholarships

    Heinz College has partnered with several organizations to provide financial support to its members to reduce the cost of attending graduate school. If you are affiliated with one or more of these partner organizations, your affiliation qualifies you for a Heinz College Strategic Partners Scholarship. In order to be considered, you must indicate your experience or involvement with one or more of the partner organizations in your application.Click here for full details of the grant benefits for each partner organization.


    Future Master's students who are completing their Bachelor's in aHistorically Black College or University (HBCU)can apply for a full scholarship (100%) to attend Heinz College. To be considered, students must indicate their bachelor's degree from an appropriate undergraduate institution in their application for admission to Heinz College. Please note that there is a limited number of scholarships available for this scholarship; However, all HBCU alumni are eligible for a minimum 30% HBCU partnership scholarship.No separate or additional application is required for these scholarships and they are awarded upon admission.


    Prospective master's students who are doing their bachelor's degree in one of theHACU Hispanic Service Institution (HSI)Member schools may apply for a full (100%) scholarship to attend Heinz College. To be considered, students must indicate their bachelor's degree from an appropriate undergraduate institution in their application for admission to Heinz College. Please note that there is a limited number of scholarships available for this scholarship; However, all HSI alumni are eligible for a minimum 30% HACU/HSI partnership scholarship.No separate or additional application is required for these scholarships and they are awarded upon admission.

    Fellow in Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA)

    Successful completion of one of the PPIA Junior Summer Institutes and acceptance into the MSISPM program grants full (100 percent) scholarship and $8,000 annual tuition. see thePPIA program websiteFor more information.

    Fulbright grants

    Heinz College awards scholarships of a minimum of $6,000 per semester to eligible Fulbright scholars enrolled in the MSISPM program. see theSite do programa Fulbright FellowshipFor more information.

    Scholarships for West Point applicants

    If you are an active duty officer in the U.S. Army who is licensed, enrolls in the MSISPM program, and has a repeat assignment as an instructor at West Point, you will receive a tuition grant of 55% of current tuition (approximately $11,000) each semester USD per year). Semester). If you are interested in the West Point Candidate Scholarship, please contact Debra Scully, Assistant Dean for Military Personnel at the United States Military Academy at 845-938-2695; DSN 688 ordebra.scully@us.army.mil.

  • Regional and national grants for educational partners
    Regional Education Partners (REPA) Alumni Scholarships

    Master's students who have completed their bachelor's degree at a regional education partner of Heinz College receive a REPA scholarship. Heinz College awards a scholarship of at least $6,000 per semester to eligible full-time students.Click here for full details of the grant benefits for each partner organization.

    National Education Partners (NEPA) Alumni Scholarships.

    Master's students who have completed their bachelor's degree with a national education partner of Heinz College receive a NEPA scholarship. Heinz College awards a scholarship of at least $6,000 per semester to eligible full-time students.Click here for full details of the grant benefits for each partner organization.

  • Scholarships/Benefits for US Military Veterans
    US Military Veterans Scholarship

    US military veterans who do not receive a 100 percent TU tuition through the US Department of Veterans Affairs are eligible for a stipend of up to 30 percent of tuition costs. This scholarship benefit is available to spouses and children of US military veterans. Applicants must indicate their eligibility in their application for admission.

    Students may receive an additional scholarship from the Admissions Committee beyond this specific award.

    Other U.S. Military Veteran Benefits

    US military veterans can learn more about the benefits available on ourVeterans Education Benefits-Seite.

    Fallen Heroes Scholarship Program

    The Heinz College Fallen Heroes Scholarship Program aims to provide scholarships for the surviving spouses/partners and children of our fallen heroes. see oursFallen Heroes Scholarship Program pagefor more information on program eligibility and benefits.

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  • Heinz College Scholarship General Information

    If you are eligible for more than one Heinz College scholarship, you may not be eligible for the second scholarship minimum award. Typically, scholarships or scholarship percentages offered by Heinz College are renewable for subsequent semesters of enrollment. However, any scholarship or fellowship offered may be curtailed or terminated for any of the following reasons:

    • Change of course
    • A difference in the number of units originally enrolled, used to calculate eligibility
    • Extension of the normal program duration
    • Postponement of the admission offer
    • Inability to make satisfactory academic progress
    • Grant of financial support*

    *Total scholarship from all sources generally cannot exceed the cost of tuition and fees. The total financial support from all sources must not exceed the total cost of care.

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"External" or "external" scholarships are scholarships that are not awarded by the university.

Prospective students and admitted/enrolled MSISPM are encouraged to apply for theDoD SMART Fellowship-Programm.CLICK HEREFor more information. The selection process and related policies (including timing) are determined by the Department of Defense. Between 2008 and 2020, 32 CMU students received this scholarship.

Prospective and admitted/enrolled MSISPM students are also encouraged to consider applying to the State DepartmentInformation Technology in Foreign Affairs (FAIT) Scholarship.Heinz College will provide students selected as FAIT Fellows with the difference between their tuition and FAIT Fellowship tuition assistance (in addition to a stipend provided by FAIT Fellowship).

MSISPM is an eligible program for several other external grants specific to the cybersecurity field. For more information about these awards, seeCLICK HERE.

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In general, finding outside scholarships can be a lengthy process if you don't know where to start.Click hereInformation on the Carnegie Mellon website to help you find outside grants from a variety of organizations and outside sources. Additionally,MSISPM students can use theCybersecurity Scholarship Guideto focus their search for subject-related awards to use to support their graduate education.

Job Opportunities for Students

For many MSISPM students, working through a paid internship or graduate position is a big part of life at Heinz College. Each year, over 200 students at Heinz College subsidize the cost of their education by taking advantage of student employment opportunities during the academic year and summer. These positions allow students to earn $16,000 in tuition and work awards to which they have access. They also provide valuable skills and networking opportunities that students can leverage as they enter the workforce after graduation.

As a student at Heinz College, you may qualify for Federal Work Study (FWS), Federal Community Service Work Study (FCSWS), or Non-Federal Work Study positions to help meet your educational expenses.

Below is a brief description of each job opportunity for students:

  • Federal part-time studies (FWS) - Jobs at Heinz College

    As a Heinz College student, you may be eligible to work part-time at Heinz College to help meet your educational expenses. FWS positions typically pay $17 per hour and do not include academic credits. All employment under this federal program must be approved by the Heinz College Office of Admissions before accepting employment or hiring students.

  • Federal Community Service Work Study Program (FCSWS) - Off-Campus-Jobs

    As a Heinz College student, you may be eligible to work for a qualifying public, governmental, or 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization whose mission and work benefits the community to earn money to help meet education-related expenses. FCSWS positions typically pay $17 per hour and do not include academic credits. All employment under this federal program must be approved by the Heinz College Office of Admissions before accepting employment or hiring students.

  • non-nationwide work study employment

    If you do not qualify for a federal work study program, you may work in a non-state work study position. Non-federal academic places are particularly helpful for international students, who often do not qualify for federal academic positions. Non-state work study positions generally pay $17 per hour and do not include academic credits.

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As a student at Heinz College, you may be eligible for federal direct loans or private educational loans. Learn more about the loans you may be eligible for, including detailed instructions on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form,Visit the Carnegie Mellon University Student Financial Services website.

Estimated cost of care

Please visit the website of student finance forestimated cost of carefor students of the Master of Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM) before scholarships. All figures are estimates and are subject to change. These budgets provide information about the costs associated with participation in the program and serve as a basis for determining federal funding.


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frequently asked questions

Didn't find what you were looking for? For more information on any of the topics or processes described above, please visit our Financial Assistance FAQ page.

frequently asked questions

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Will scholarships affect my FAFSA? ›

A scholarship will affect your other student aid because all your student aid added together can't be more than your cost of attendance at your college or career school.

Why would applying to as many scholarships as possible reduce your student debt? ›

Because scholarships do not need to be paid back, pursuing scholarships can make loans more manageable because you can borrow less.

Does Carnegie Mellon give full ride? ›

Scholarships cover full tuition and fees plus $1,200 per year for books. All contracted students also receive a monthly stipend of $300 to $500 per month. Carnegie Mellon has a company at the Three Rivers Battalion headquartered at the University of Pittsburgh.

What is the minimum score for TOEFL CMU? ›

TOEFL iBT or iBT Home Edition

We require at least a 102 overall score and give consideration to those with subscores of 25 and above. Carnegie Mellon's TOEFL Code is 2074.

Does scholarship money count as financial aid? ›

Scholarships aren't like student loans, meaning they don't need to be repaid. Grants are a form of financial aid that don't require repayment. Generally, grants are awarded based solely on financial need.

Does financial aid and scholarships count as income? ›

You may also wish to review the IRS FAQ on Grants, Scholarships, Student Loans, Work Study. Non-Degree Students: If you are a non-degree student, the full amount of any grant, scholarship or fellowship you receive is subject to federal income tax, even if it is spent on educational expenses.

What happens if you have more than enough scholarship money? ›

What happens to leftover scholarship money. If you earned scholarships and grants that add up to more than your total cost of attendance, your school may send you a refund of the leftover scholarship money. Keep in mind, you may have to pay taxes on that amount.

How do I argue for more scholarship money? ›

Ask the school if it can offer more scholarship money to make your attendance more feasible. Applicants should use family circumstances as compelling reasons for the school to reconsider. A substantial income change, medical issues, or childcare expenses could help sway the decision in your favor.

What can make you lose your scholarship? ›

If you spend the scholarship on something other than what the scholarship is for, you could lost it. GPA – If the scholarship required a minimum grade point average to qualify or to maintain the scholarship and you fall below, you could lose the scholarship.

What GPA will get me a full-ride? ›

A 4.0 Grade Point Average is not only a high GPA, it's an impressive GPA that's sure to catch the eyes of many scholarship providers. Since the minimum GPA for a full-ride scholarship is usually set at 3.5, a 4.0 is sure to always be above and beyond what's required.

What is the middle 50% at Carnegie Mellon University? ›

ACT Scores and Requirements

The middle 50% of students admitted to Carnegie Mellon received a composite ACT score between 33 and 35, while 25% scored above 35 and 25% scored below 33.

What kind of students get into Carnegie Mellon? ›

No single grade, factor, score or activity will automatically gain or deny you admission to Carnegie Mellon. We treat every applicant as an individual, taking great care to make our admission decisions fair, thorough and sensitive.

What is the minimum TOEFL score for Ivy League? ›

ii. What is a good TOEFL score for Ivy League colleges? For acceptance into an Ivy League college, TOEFL scores generally need to be above 100. For this, it's wise to aim for a score of 105 or more – with a sectional score of at least 26.

What is the minimum TOEFL for Harvard? ›

Receiving an undergraduate degree from an academic institution where English is the primary language of instruction. * Earning a minimum score of 80 on the Internet based test (iBT) of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)**

What is the Heinz score? ›

The Net Promoter Score of Heinz is a number from -100 to 100 calculated by subtracting the percentage of detractors from the percentage of customers who are Promoters.

Do you have to report scholarships as income? ›

Generally, you report any portion of a scholarship, a fellowship grant, or other grant that you must include in gross income as follows: If filing Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR, include the taxable portion in the total amount reported on Line 1a of your tax return.

What happens if I don't report my scholarship? ›

If you don't report your outside scholarship awards to your college's financial aid office, you might receive what's called an “overaward” — and you'll have to pay back that money.

What happens if scholarships exceed tuition on 1098-T? ›

If scholarships exceed tuition, then a student is expected to declare this via 1098-T and all other education expenses on his tax return, which means that you'll have to pay tax on the amount exceeding your tuition and other school expenses.

At what income should you not apply for financial aid? ›

Did You Know? There is no income cut-off to qualify for federal student aid. Many factors—such as the size of your family and your year in school—are taken into account.

Does financial aid look at student income? ›

The information you report on your FAFSA form is used to calculate your EFC. The EFC is calculated according to a formula established by law. Your family's taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) all could be considered in the formula.

Do you have to pay taxes on financial aid refunds? ›

Financial aid and grants are generally not considered taxable income, provided the money is spent for tuition, fees, books and other supplies for classes,” he said. “Grants and scholarship money used for other purposes, like room and board, must be reported as taxable income.”

How much money is considered a full scholarship? ›

And not just tuition—a full-ride scholarship also covers your housing, meals, books, lab fees, and sometimes even living costs. In money terms, it can be worth anywhere from $20,000 to more than $50,000, depending on your school's costs.

How much scholarship money does the average student get? ›

Scholarships statistics

The average scholarship award was $6,041 in 2022 — a 22 percent decrease from last year. During the 2021-22 academic year, 60 percent of American families used scholarships to pay for college.

Is there a limit on how many scholarships you can get? ›

There is no limit to the number of scholarships you can apply for, and you actually should apply to many. Scholarship awards can vary greatly, so you might apply for a few scholarships with huge awards, and you might also apply for some that are only worth a few hundred dollars.

How do you answer scholarship questions about money? ›

Explain why you need additional money to fund your education so they do not automatically disregard your application because of your other scholarships. The specific plan you have for the money, like books, fees, expensive school supplies, etc. Financial support you may get from your family, or lack thereof.

What do you write to win a scholarship? ›

  1. Plan ahead. Don't procrastinate! ...
  2. Talk about your accomplishments. Be clear and to the point. ...
  3. State your need. What is your financial situation? ...
  4. Keep it simple. Don't use unnecessary words (i.e., don't use three words when one will do) ...
  5. Make it easy on your reader.

What are two things you should never do when applying for a scholarship? ›

  1. What Not To Do When Applying for. Scholarships. ...
  2. Don't Go Over The Word Count. ...
  3. Don't Forget About Grammar and Spelling. ...
  4. Don't Write An Insincere Essay. ...
  5. Don't Just List Your Accomplishments. ...
  6. Don't Try To Force Another Essay to Fit. ...
  7. Don't Be Too Negative. ...
  8. Don't Wait Until The Last Minute.

Can a college coach take away a scholarship? ›

Coaches can pull a scholarship mid-year for 3 reasons: 1) you are ineligible, 2) misrepresent information in a university document or 3) withdrawal from the team. The interpretation of these rules falls to the university and the coach.

Can you get denied a scholarship? ›

Scholarship applications are rejected for several reasons. It could be that the essays submitted weren't as high in quality as those submitted by other candidates, poor GPA, low amounts of extracurricular activities, neglecting to submit all required materials, etc.

Where is the best place to look for scholarships? ›

Try these free sources of information about scholarships:
  • the financial aid office at a college or career school.
  • a high school or TRIO counselor.
  • the U.S. Department of Labor's FREE scholarship search tool.
  • federal agencies.
  • your state grant agency.
  • your library's reference section.

What is the lowest GPA to get a scholarship? ›

Some scholarship committees only consider applicants whose GPA meets a certain threshold. Minimum requirements range from around 2.0 on the lower end to 3.75 or higher for competitive academic scholarships. Generally speaking, a 3.0 GPA or higher will give you a decent shot at qualifying for a variety of scholarships.

How many classes to boost GPA? ›

The fewer credit hours you have earned, the easier it will be to raise your GPA. If you have a 3.0 GPA and 15 credit hours, by earning straight A's during your next (15 credit) semester, you can bump your GPA to a 3.5.

Is Carnegie Mellon a little ivy? ›

Q1. Is Carnegie Mellon University an Ivy League school? Answer – Carnegie Mellon is not an Ivy League school. However, it is one of the many New Ivies coined by Newsweek in 2006.

What is 75% SAT score for Carnegie Mellon? ›

To be safe, you should aim for the 75th percentile, with a 1560 SAT and a 3.84 GPA or higher to be above average.

Is Carnegie Mellon stressful? ›

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood is one of the 10 most stressful colleges in the nation, according to a new list from The Daily Beast. CMU is No. 8 on the list of The 50 Most Stressful Colleges.

What is the average GPA for Carnegie? ›

Average GPA: 3.84

The average GPA at Carnegie Mellon is 3.84. (Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA. With a GPA of 3.84, Carnegie Mellon requires you to be near the top of your class, and well above average.

What GPA does Carnegie Mellon want? ›

A GPA of 3.0 or higher. (Students should report raw university GPA scores and NOT converted scores. Please DO NOT convert your international score to a US GPA or weighted GPA or other system). GRE scores: GRE is required.

Does Carnegie Mellon care about class rank? ›

There are six factors that Carnegie Mellon ranks as being “very important” to their admissions process: rigor of secondary school record, class rank, GPA, extracurricular activities, volunteer work experience, and paid work experience.

Is 1500 good enough for Ivy League? ›

As you can see, your score of 1500 is an average or slightly below-average score for most Ivy League universities. Your score is slightly above-average at Cornell and Brown. However, admissions experts say that students applying to Ivy League universities should aim for a minimum score of 1470.

Can you get into Ivy League with a 1600? ›

For the Ivy League, competitive scores range between 1500-1550. For other highly competitive schools, it's above 1400. 1300 and above will make you a competitive applicant for most other public universities and private universities.

Is 93 a bad TOEFL score? ›

Having a score between 90-100 in TOEFL exam is pretty decent with a variety of college options to explore. These requirements differ from university to university, from course to course, and occasionally even from section to section.

What is the minimum TOEFL for Yale? ›

English proficiency exams

Yale's most competitive applicants have scores of at least 100 on the internet-based TOEFL. The IELTS offers proficiency tests in locations around the world. Pre-registration is required. Yale's most competitive applicants have IELTS scores of 7 or higher.

How rare is 120 in TOEFL? ›

Your total score uses a scale of 0-120 and consists of your four section scores — Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing — which are each scored separately on a scale of 0-30. Although it is possible to score 120 (i.e., the maximum TOEFL score), doing so is extremely rare.

What happens if I get more scholarship money than I need? ›

What happens to leftover scholarship money. If you earned scholarships and grants that add up to more than your total cost of attendance, your school may send you a refund of the leftover scholarship money. Keep in mind, you may have to pay taxes on that amount.

Are there any downsides to applying for scholarships? ›

Academically demanding: Scholarships are academically competitive, making it difficult for more students to qualify and receive the funding. This can also put a lot of pressure on students to produce outstanding academic results.

What will affect my FAFSA? ›

Your family's taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) all could be considered in the formula. Also considered are your family size and the number of family members who will attend college or career school during the year.

What happens to a college fund if you get a scholarship? ›

You don't lose all or even most of your savings.

It's a myth that you'll lost your 529 plan if the child wins a scholarship. A 529 plan offers tax-free earnings and tax-free withdrawals as long as the money is used to pay for qualified education expenses.


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