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 were officially approved in June 2020. Financial aid awards for 2020-2021 were based on estimated expenses which were comparable to the finalized cost of attendance. Cost of attendance information for the 2021-2022 academic year will be available on April 1, 2021.

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 Fees2 $60,282 $60,282
Room and Board3 $19,244
DIRECT EXPENSES $79,526 $62,798
Books and Supplies
$718 $718
Transportation4 $1,110 $0
Personal Expenses5 $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 The registration and services fees furnish resources to fund a portion of the budgets for a variety of services, operations, and activities that serve students and enhance University life in support of our academic program. These services may include, but are not limited to, the Registrar, Student Health Center, the Wellness Exchange / Counseling Service, the Wasserman Center, Information Technology, and Student Life.

3 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.

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

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

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