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How Financial Aid Works at NYU

NYU recognizes that your education is an investment for both you and your family and the Office of Financial Aid is here to help guide you through the application process.

It’s important to apply on time to be considered for as much aid as possible. Also, the amount of aid a student receives their first year is often the amount they will receive in following years. Filing late can affect eligibility in the future.

To get you started, here are three key categories of aid to be aware of and the name of the application that applies to each.

  • Institutional. Non-government funds, such as academic or need-based scholarships from NYU. (CSS Profile)
  • Federal. Funds provided through the U.S. government. They can be scholarships you don’t have to pay back or loans that typically have lower interest rates than private loans. (FAFSA)
  • New York State. For residents of New York State, the New York State Tuition Assistance Program offers funding. (TAP)

If you’re accepted to NYU, you will receive a letter about your financial aid package that explains the types and amounts of aid for which you're eligible.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

What you’ll need to submit and when depends on a few factors, such as your decision type (e.g. early), the school you’re applying to, and if you live in the United States or another country.

Step-by-step guidance and deadlines:

Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

Learn more about the types of financial aid that may be available to you:

A Glossary of Financial Aid Terms

Here’s a glossary of common financial aid terms you’ll come across as you explore your options.