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Contact information

For assistance, current SFS students at Carnegie Mellon may contact:

Linda Whipkey
Career Services and External Relations Program Associate
Information Networking Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
(412) 268-5085

Prospective students may request program information from the Admissions offices as follows:

Admissions, MSIS program

Admissions, MSISPM program

SFS: hiring statistics

Over the past few years, Carnegie Mellon's SFS graduates have been hired by the following:

Aerospace Corporation
Defense Computer Forensics Lab
Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Department of Justice
Department of Labor
Defense Intelligence Agency
Department of Defense
Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
Federal Reserve Bank
Idaho National Laboratory 
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
NASA Johnson Space Center
National Security Agency
Office of Naval Intelligence
Pacific Northwest National Labs
Sandia National Laboratories
Space & Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR)
U.S. Agency for International Development
U.S. Army Intelligence & Security Command (INSCOM)
U.S. Postal Inspection Service 
U.S. Secret Service

Scholarship For Service: Funding & Cost

Get answers below to frequently asked questions about costs and funding for the SFS program.

How is my stipend paid?

You will be paid the stipend in two checks. You will receive a check around the beginning of each semester in the amount of $17,000 for incoming students in fall 2016.

Can I be reimbursed for any other expenses?

In addition to the stipend, the following allowances are reimbursable each year:

  • Health insurance allowance up to $3,000 for incoming students in fall 2016 (must be University Health insurance and not be outside coverage or parents).
  • Professional development allowance: $4,000 (SFS job fair and other travel, professional certification, etc.)
  • Book allowance up to $2,000 (no software or hardware).

Please note--if you accept a concurrent job on campus, there may be complications or tax issues. 

When is my stipend paid?

The stipend checks will be available around the beginning of each semester and all students will be notified when and where they are available for pickup.

What do I need to do to get the stipend?

The SFS scholars must be sincerely dedicated to serve in employment of the federal government. You must review the agreement and sign it as confirmation of your commitment.

What does the stipend cover?

The stipend is intended to help defray the fees charged by the University. You may use the money as you wish, but you are responsible for the fees assessed by the University above and beyond tuition. Typically, these are things such as health insurance, Port Authority fee, Technology fee, student activity fees, etc.

What is not covered by SFS explicitly?

The SFS program at Carnegie Mellon does not explicitly cover room and board. The scholarship provides for 100% tuition and an academic stipend that is provided at the beginning of each semester.

How is my tuition paid?

The tuition payment process is a manual process handled by CyLab Administration. Once your academic department verifies the payment, CyLab submits payment through a series of accounting entry requests to Enrollment Services. There is nothing that you need to do to have this paid. In the event you see a late notice on your student bill, you should contact CyLab. CyLab will ensure that any late fees are removed due to timing issues and administrative errors.


Who to contact for financial assistance:

Tina Yankovich
Assistant Director of Business Operations

Michael Balderson
Director of Business Operations