How to Apply for Aid
Applying for financial aid is an important and necessary part of the college application process. Fortunately, you can complete the process in a few easy steps.
There are two general categories of aid to be aware of:
- Need-based aid: depends on your family’s financial situation
- Merit-based aid: depends on your academic achievements
To be considered for need-based aid, you must file all financial aid applications on time.
For merit-based aid, you will automatically be considered when you submit your application to attend New York University; however, it is important to note that only 1–2% of undergraduate scholarships are based solely on merit. The majority of undergraduate students receive a combination of need– and merit-based aid.
Deadlines and Applications
Deadlines and requirements change depending on if you’re applying as an early decision, regular decision, through the SPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies, as a transfer student, or as a student receiving a second bachelor’s degree.
Learn more about the deadlines and requirements for each type of enrollment:
- Early Decision I and II
- Regular Decision
- SPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies
- Transfer/Second Bachelor’s
Tax Information and Income Verification
Submitting copies of your tax returns or other family financial records to the Office of Financial Aid isn’t necessary unless they are specifically requested.
These documents could be requested or needed for reasons that include:
- An unusual financial circumstance that may increase your financial aid eligibility. In this case, contact us after you have received your award letter.
- Your application for financial aid being chosen by the U.S. Department of Education for income and asset verification. You will be notified if this is necessary. Following the verification process, your financial aid award could be adjusted. The verification process can happen at any time of the year. Failure to provide tax documents could result in your financial aid being revoked.