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At Carnegie Mellon University Africa we are committed to making our education affordable for all African students. The generous support from the Government of Rwanda and the Mastercard Foundation enables CMU-Africa to offer comprehensive, need-based financial aid designed for students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds regardless of financial circumstance to attend our institution and successfully complete a master of science program
All CMU-Africa students are eligible for need-based financial aid. Our need-based financial aid is awarded to students who can demonstrate financial need for assistance with educational costs.  Many of our students are awarded a financial package that covers a substantial fraction of the cost of attendance.  Prior to enrollment, all students are given a financial aid award letter to ensure there is a full understanding of their contribution for educational and living expenses.
The figures below are the 2024-2025 academic year estimated cost of attendance for CMU-Africa.

Cost of attendance

All figures are in USD.

Cost of attendance

Tuition for academic year 2024-2025

African students $16,000
International students $57,435
Estimated annual cost of living Low range High range
Housing $1,800 $3,000
Food $1,200 $1,500
Transportation $180 $360
Internet connectivity $120 $300
Miscellaneous expenses $900 $1,350
International student visa fee $20 $20
Total for estimated living expenses $4,220 $6,530

Resources provided:

  • Laptop
  • Textbooks
  • Technology fee
  • Health insurance
  • Campus shuttle service
  • Student life activities

Types of financial aid

At CMU-Africa there are various types of need-based financial aid to ensure our education is accessible and affordable to eligible students. The forms of financial aid include: 

logos of financial aid partners

Payment options

Wire transfer payment

For wire transfers, please allow a minimum of 10-14 days to process your wire transfer. Carnegie Mellon University is not held responsible for incorrect remittance wire transfers. If you make a mistake with your wire transfer, please contact the company to resolve your issue. Please use the information below to execute a wire transfer to Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Bank name: Ecobank Rwanda
  • Account name: Carnegie Mellon University
  • Account number: 6775003004
  • Account currency: USD (United States dollars)
  • Swift number: ECOCRWRW
  • Student name: first, middle, and last name
  • Andrew ID: Student Andrew ID*

*For example, if "" is your student email address, for the wire transfer, you will only insert "smith" for your Andrew ID.

Check and cash payments

Carnegie Mellon University Africa does not accept check or cash payments at the Kigali, Rwanda location. You can visit the Ecobank in person and deposit the USD check or cash into the Carnegie Mellon University bank account stated above.

  • Step one: Please make your check payable to Carnegie Mellon University. Please insert your full legal name and Andrew ID on the check memo line.
  • Step two: Ecobank will provide you an advice slip to confirm receipt of your payment.
  • Step three: Please email the advice slip to Reginald Donkor at You can also hand deliver your advice slip to the financial officer in the Operation Hub at A205.

Other payment options

For other payment options, please visit The Hub.