Scholarships and grants are types of gift aid that do not have to be repaid. They may take the form of University scholarships, federal or state grants, or outside scholarships. A financial aid package at NYU takes into account both financial need and academic merit. NYU awards very few exclusively merit-based scholarships, as we are committed to using the vast majority of our scholarship funds to assist students whose families are unable to pay the full cost of an NYU education. If you would like to be considered for merit-based scholarships, please be sure to complete the FAFSA and/or CSS Profile (depending on citizenship and campus of interest). We are unlikely to award scholarships to students who have not submitted these items by our deadline.
For most undergraduates, eligibility for a merit-based and/or need-based scholarship is determined upon entrance to the University based on prior academic strengths and, if you apply for financial aid, your demonstrated financial need. Typically you will continue to receive for subsequent academic years the amount of scholarship you received for your first year (subject to the availability of funds), as long as the following criteria are met:
Note: If your eligibility for any federal aid you receive is jeopardized for reasons other than financial need or academic merit (e.g. if you are in default on a federal loan, or if you did not respond to the University's requests for tax information and income verification), then your NYU scholarship may also be affected.
NYU awards very few exclusively merit-based scholarships, as we are committed to using the vast majority of our scholarship funds to assist students whose families are unable to pay the full cost of an NYU education. If you would like to be considered for merit-based scholarships, please be sure to complete the FAFSA and/or CSS Profile (depending on citizenship and campus of interest). We are unlikely to award scholarships to students who have not submitted these items by our deadline.
Descriptions of University-Wide and School-Based scholarships at NYU for which you may qualify are provided in the Undergraduate Admissions area of the NYU website. All applicants to NYU are automatically considered for merit based aid with the on-time submission of the admissions application; however, it is important to note that a majority of the undergraduate scholarships at NYU are based on a combination of need and merit and require filing all financial aid applications by our deadlines.
Graduate students are usually offered scholarships for each separate academic year as determined by their individual schools within NYU.
New York University has established five scholarships in memory of the uniformed fire, police, and emergency workers who were killed in the September 11, 2001 tragedy at the World Trade Center to enable their dependent children to attend NYU.
Preferred consideration is given to the dependents and spouses of uniformed members of the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY), the New York Police Department (NYPD), the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD), and other emergency response workers who died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. (The dependents of other victims of 9/11 are not eligible.) There is no New York State residency requirement, however most require students to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students must apply and be admitted to a four-year undergraduate degree program at New York University under normal admission standards.
Transfer students from other undergraduate programs are also eligible.
Students in graduate, professional, non-degree, or non-credit programs are not eligible for these scholarships.
Students must maintain full-time matriculation during each semester in which they receive scholarship funds and they must maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue to be eligible. Students may receive scholarship funds for up to eight semesters at NYU.
Once admitted, eligible students must first submit all the required financial aid applications by our published NYU deadlines and also apply for the New York State World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship. NYU scholarship funds will then be used to accommodate any remaining need, up to the full cost of education at New York University.
Scholarship awards may be used to support tuition, registration fees, and room and board (for NYU housing only), but not health services or other activity and support fees.
Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 212-998-4444.
The Federal Pell Grant Program provides assistance to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need according to economic criteria and program requirements established by the federal government. To be eligible, you must enroll in a degree program and be matriculated for your first bachelor's degree. (You are not eligible if you have already completed a bachelor's degree.) An estimated award will be listed in your award package if we think you will be eligible. Your Student Aid Report (SAR) contains the official evaluation of your eligibility from the U.S. Department of Education. When you review your SAR, follow the instructions to make changes if necessary—including updating your record to reflect actual tax figures if you used estimated data in order to meet the NYU application deadline—and then save the final SAR for your records. You may also review and make changes to your SAR in the "FAFSA Follow-up" area of the FAFSA Web site.
Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $3,965* per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.
* Per federal mandate, the maximum amount for TEACH Grant awards for academic year 2018-2019 first disbursed on or before 09/31/18 is $3,736. The maximum amount for TEACH Grant awards for academic year 2018-2019 first disbursed on or after 10/1/18 and before 10/1/19 is $3,752.
The FSEOG program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by New York University to provide assistance to students with exceptional financial need. All students who qualify are automatically considered for this grant. However, our funds from this program are very limited.
New York State offers a wide variety of grants and scholarships to residents, subject to the annual availability of funds. Although application is made directly to the state and grants are awarded by the state, the amount each student is expected to receive is estimated and taken into account by NYU when assembling the student's financial aid package.
A financial aid program to help New York State residents pursuing part-time undergraduate degree study offers awards in amounts of up to $2,000 per academic year. To be eligible, the student must have filed a FAFSA and demonstrate financial need, must not have exhausted their TAP eligibility, must be otherwise eligible for financial aid, and must be enrolled for 3 to 11 credit points per term. A separate application is necessary, and is available here.
Some students from outside New York State may qualify for funds from their own state scholarship programs that can be used at New York University. Contact your state financial aid agency (call 1-800-433-3243 to obtain contact information) to ask about program requirements and application procedures. When you receive an eligibility notice from your state program, you should submit it immediately to the NYU Office of Financial Aid.
In addition to the sources of gift aid described above, you may also be eligible for a private scholarship or grant from an outside organization or agency. Some sources to explore are employers, unions, professional organizations, and community and special interest groups.
In 2016, the Affordability Steering Committee and Working Group partnered with Scholly, a scholarship search tool, to provide NYU students free access to a nationwide portfolio of $420 million in potential scholarships. Scholly matches students with appropriate scholarships based on specific criteria the student enters, such as their anticipated major (healthcare, engineering, social work, etc), interests (volunteering, theatre, religious affiliation), artistic or athletic talent, or background (child of a veteran, first generation college student, financial need, etc). Average awards are between $500 and $1,000.
To access Scholly, simply:
Various other scholarship search services are available free online, and a representative sample is included on the drop menu below. The scholarships and information presented by such services are not verified or endorsed by NYU. You must notify the Office of Financial Aid if you receive funds from any outside organization*.
The alphabetical list below is a representative survey of free scholarship search services and related information. New York University is not affiliated with, and does not endorse, any of the organizations included in this sample.
See also: National Scholarship Competitions (only for students already enrolled at NYU as application requires NYU endorsement).
* Outside scholarships are considered a financial aid resource and must be added to a student's financial aid award. The Office of Financial Aid first applies the outside scholarship to a student's unmet need that is not already covered by financial aid. In some cases, loans not based on financial need may be reduced (private loans, Federal Unsubsidized Loans, Federal PLUS Loans, Graduate PLUS) in order to accommodate the addition of an outside scholarship. If the student's need is already met by need-based aid, then that aid is replaced with the outside scholarship. Need-based loans are first replaced. If the outside scholarship exceeds the loan amounts, work-study and need-based grants are the next to be replaced. In most cases it is not necessary to reduce an NYU scholarship. Total aid (including outside assistance) cannot exceed the cost of attendance.