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Aid and Costs

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The vast majority of students use financial aid to offset what they or their families contribute to college costs.


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Here’s a short overview on financial aid at NYU:

The three types of financial aid:

Scholarships and grants = funds you do not have to pay back

Loans = funds you do have to pay back with interest

Work-study grants = funds that allow you to work for NYU in exchange for pay

The majority of financial aid NYU awards is need-based. The average scholarship/grant for the Class of 2018 (excluding state, federal, and outside scholarships) was $28,179.

NYU and the U.S. government are the main sources of financial aid. Below are instructions for applying for each type.


Aid and Costs

How to Apply for Financial Aid

You’ll need to submit forms to be considered for financial aid. Which forms depend on your citizenship and the NYU campus where you begin your studies. Use the chart below to determine the forms you’re responsible for. Then read the instructions and deadlines that follow. Please note that the CSS/PROFILE is for financial aid from New York University. ALL applicants must fill out the CSS/PROFILE, except for NYU Shanghai transfer applicants and Chinese nationals using the Gaokao.


New York City Campus

Abu Dhabi Campus

Shanghai Campus

Permanent Residents






Permanent Residents





Submitting the CSS/PROFILE for NYU Financial Aid

Submit the PROFILE that applies to you by the deadlines listed below:

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (general)

CSS Non-Custodial Parent PROFILE (for students with divorced, separated, or unmarried parents)

CSS Non-Custodial Parent PROFILE Waiver Request (for use in the event the required information cannot reasonably be obtained from a non-custodial parent)

Undocumented students in New York may also be eligible for NYU financial aid. Learn more.

What you will need: Important to know:
  • 9-digit NYU ID number. NYU will email you the number within seven days of submitting your Common Application (the application you use to apply to NYU). Please keep those seven days in mind when timing your submission of the Common Application with the PROFILE deadline.
  • Scholarships and grants to international students applying to NYU’s campus in New York are limited.
  • The NYU school code: 2785


Deadlines to Complete Your CSS PROFILE

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)


Submitting the FAFSA for Federal Financial Aid

U.S. Citizens and/or Permanent Residents Applying to NYU in New York City or NYU Shanghai

  • Complete the FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid). List "New York University" as a recipient and include our code: 002785

U.S. Citizens and/or Permanent Residents Applying to NYU Abu Dhabi

  • Only submit the FAFSA if you are also interested in being considered for NYU’s campuses in New York or Shanghai.

For a paper version of the FAFSA application, ask your high school or college, call 1-800-4-FED-AID, or download a PDF from the FAFSA site.

Important to know:  
  • If you submit the FAFSA after the deadlines below, you may not be eligible to receive federal financial aid.
  • Do not complete the FAFSA until January 1 if you are applying for fall admission.


NYU FAFSA Deadlines

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 15

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