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Financial Aid

Here are the most important things you need to know about financial aid at NYU:

  • Financial aid comes in three forms: scholarships and grants (funds that you do not have to pay back), loans (funds that you do have to pay back with interest), and work-study grants (funds that allow you to work for NYU in exchange for pay).
  • The majority of financial aid that we award is need-based and the average scholarship/grant for the Class of 2017 was nearly $26,000.
  • There are no separate applications for merit scholarships at NYU. We use your admission application to determine if you qualify for any scholarship where merit is considered. Please keep in mind, however, that just 1-2% of our most recent entering freshmen received exclusively merit based scholarships, which ranged in value from $1,000 to $25,000.

Applying for Financial Aid at NYU

The following are the only forms you need to complete online for whatever possible financial aid we award at NYU - including all need-based and merit-based scholarships.

1) The College Scholarship Service/Financial Aid PROFILE
The CSS PROFILE is required of all applicants, regardless of citizenship, who would like to be considered for any NYU financial aid, including any and all NYU scholarships and grants. Note that scholarships/grants for international students applying to our New York campus will be limited. Also note that students with divorced, separated, or unmarried parents will need to submit the CSS Non-Custodial Parent PROFILE (or the CSS Non-Custodial Parent PROFILE waiver request) by the deadlines below to qualify for scholarships/grants. Transfer applicants and Chinese nationals applying to NYU Shanghai (using the Gaokao to qualify for admission) should not complete the CSS PROFILE.

  • Click here to begin and submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.
  • Click here to begin and submit the CSS Non-Custodial Parent PROFILE.
  • Click here to begin and submit the CSS Non-Custodial Parent PROFILE Waiver Request.
  • The NYU school code number is 2785.
  • Our CSS/PROFILE deadlines are:

Freshman Applicants

Early Decision I:

November 15 (to receive a financial aid estimate in mid-December)
Early Decision II: January 15th (to receive a financial aid estimate in mid-February)
Regular Decision: February 15th (to receive a financial aid award in April)

2) The Free Application for Federal Student Aid
The FAFSA is also required of all financial aid applicants to our New York and Shanghai campuses who are U.S. Citizens and/or Permanent Residents. NYU Abu Dhabi applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents should only submit the FAFSA if they are also interested in being considered for our New York or Shanghai campuses.

  • Click here to begin and submit the FAFSA. Alternatively, you can complete the paper version, which may be found in your high school or college or by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID.
  • You must list "New York University" as a recipient and include our code number (002785) when completing your FAFSA.
  • Do not complete the FAFSA until January 1st if you are applying for Fall admission.

Our FAFSA deadlines are:

All Freshman Applicants: February 15 (to receive a final financial aid award in April)
Transfer Applicants seeking Fall/Summer Admission: April 1 (to receive a final financial aid award in May/June)
Transfer Applicants seeking Spring Admission: November 1

If you submit the FAFSA after the deadlines above, you may be eligible to receive federal financial aid.

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