What’s included in the “cost of attendance”?

The budget shown approximates* your cost of education for the academic year and includes an amount for tuition and fees; an allowance for room and board (which varies according to where you live); a standard amount for books, supplies, and personal expenses; and a transportation allowance. Typical budgets are presented here to help you understand how your cost of education was determined.

* The amounts shown are not officially approved until July 2020. Financial aid awards for 2020-21 are based on estimated expenses which are comparable to the finalized cost of attendance.

Cost of Attendance 2020-20211
Tisch School of the Arts

Undergraduate Students (two semesters, full-time)

  On/Off Campus Student Commuter Student
Tuition and Mandatory Fees $60,282 $60,282
Room and Board2 $19,244
DIRECT EXPENSES $79,526 $62,798
Books and Supplies
$718 $718
Transportation3 $1,110 $0
Personal Expenses4 $2,790 $2,790
TOTAL $84,144 $66,306

Direct Expenses are institutional charges billed to you by New York University via the Office of the Bursar.

Indirect Expenses are estimates of costs that may be associated with your attendance, but are not typically University charges.

1 NYU encourages each student to assess their specific expenses and resources, and to finance/borrow only as much as needed.

2 Actual room and board charges depend on several factors, including whether a student lives on or off campus. There is a range of housing and meal plans available on campus at NYU. The standard figure for financial aid purposes represents room and board for an on-campus student living in a double occupancy room and selecting a typical 225 meal per semester "flex" dining plan. NYU housing provides local telephone service, wi-fi internet access, and cable television to the residence hall room at no additional charge. The on-campus standard rate is also used to represent the room and board costs for an off-campus student since costs on average are similar to on-campus options. Individual costs for off-campus living vary as the New York City area has many different housing options and associated costs, depending upon location, number of roommates, amenities, etc. Also, note that University meal plans are available for students who live off-campus.

3 This amount represents an average cost for one round-trip travel home during the academic year.

4 This category represents miscellaneous expenses, including local transportation within New York City, that will vary widely by student.

5 Students who borrow federal loans will have the mandatory federal loan fees included in their Cost of Attendance budget.