1831 Fund FAQ

What is it?
The 1831 Fund is a scholarship fund for students by students. 100% of your donation goes directly to financial aid for incoming freshmen and transfer students who are in need at your specific school. For example, if you attend CAS, your generosity will help the next class of CAS students.

How are scholarships distributed?
Scholarships are distributed by the Office of Financial Aid to the students who need it most.

How many incoming freshmen does this fund assist?
In 2016, 80 students received 1831 Fund scholarship support this year, with an average award $2,000.

How does the “matching” system work when we donate?
Your donation is matched dollar for dollar up to a specific amount. That means that every donation has more impact!

Why should I donate? I didn’t receive any financial aid as an incoming freshman…

  1. It kind of makes you a hero. (It’s not something you have to do. But when you do, you are inspiring everyone around you.)
  2. You add value to your degree by ensuring that the best and the brightest are able to attend NYU in the future.
  3. Have you changed and grown at NYU? Then share that spark with someone else.
  4. You send a message to your fellow students and the entire NYU community that you care about each other.

How can I donate?
The easiest way is on the 1831 Fund website or via Venmo @TheFund – include your name and net ID in the comments – but you can also find us at events throughout the year. Please contact 1831fund@nyu.edu or (212) 998- 6933 if you’d like to make a gift by phone or through the mail.

When can I donate?
There’s no time like the present! But, you can donate any time between now and August 31, 2018.

Who can donate?
Anyone is welcome to donate to the 1831 Fund. We especially encourage the Class of 2018 and our alumni to give. Only student contributions will be eligible for the match.

How can I get involved?
If you’d like to join the 1831 Fund Leadership Committee, please contact 1831fund@nyu.edu. And please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

How many students have donated in the past?
In 2011, the first year of the 1831 Fund, 275 students donated. The Class of 2012 doubled that, with 550 students giving; the Class of 2013 broke records with 977 donors; and the Classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016 raised over $20,000. 50% of the Class of 2017 donated over $45,000 towards students scholarships! Let's see what we can do in 2018! 

What if I am not able to donate the full $18.31, can I still donate what I have?
Absolutely! Just as important as the dollars we raise are the number of people who get involved.

What is the University doing about financial aid?
Increasing financial aid is NYU’s top fundraising priority. The University has announced a $1 Billion scholarship campaign to help address this critical issue.