NYU Scholarship Overview

Scholarships and grants are types of financial aid you don’t have to pay back — rejoice! NYU offers or recognizes myriad scholarship options, including programs for new students, current NYU undergraduates, and scholarships from outside sources. In addition, NYU schools and colleges award their own scholarships.

NYU & Need-Based Scholarships

At NYU, we created a straightforward process for first-year applicants to apply for need-based scholarships and grants.

If you’re a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen and complete the following documents by the due dates, you’re automatically considered:

  • Common Application
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*
  • College Board's CSS Profile

* Applicants applying ONLY to NYU Abu Dhabi do not need to complete the FAFSA

If you’re an international student complete the following:

  • Common Application
  • CSS Profile*

* Chinese nationals applying to NYU Shanghai and UAE nationals applying to NYU Abu Dhabi are not required to complete the CSS Profile.

If you're an undocumented student, complete the following:

  • Common Application
  • CSS Profile
  • Undocumented Student Financial Aid Application

NYU & Merit-Based Scholarships

All first-year students are considered for merit-based scholarships that are NOT dependent on demonstrated financial need by successful submission of their Common Application.

NYU Scholarships

Below are the most generous scholarships available to students at our New York City campus. More information about scholarships and grants is available on the Financial Aid website.

For details about scholarships and grants offered to students at our Abu Dhabi and Shanghai campus refer to their respective financial aid websites. 

PLEASE NOTE: At present, NYU does not provide institutional aid to transfer students with the exception of certain partner or specialty programs such as CCTOP, Phi Theta Kappa, Horizon, GUIDE, POISE, and Second Degree Transfer program at Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Our financial aid counselors are here to help prospective transfer students consider financial options including federal financial aid.

Available to Incoming Students

AnBryce Scholarships

This scholarship is awarded to academically-motivated students who demonstrate financial need and who are the first generation in their family to attend college. The award will cover up to the cost of tuition and is renewable over four years of undergraduate study at NYU. Students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 and must remain active in program activities.

Arch Scholarships

These are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and are committed to having a positive impact on the world. A focus of the program is to introduce scholars to career options and to help them develop career potential and marketable professional skills. The award is renewable over four years of undergraduate study at NYU.

Lewis Rudin City Scholarships

Rudin Scholars are outstanding entering first-year students selected from public and parochial high schools in all five boroughs of New York City. In addition to their scholarship, they participate in academic and cultural activities throughout the city. The program is named in honor of the late real estate developer and NYU alumnus Lewis Rudin.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholarships

These are awarded to incoming first-year students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to the principles of community service, humanitarianism, and social progress. As MLK Scholars, they plan and participate in academic and cultural events that draw on the vast resources of NYU and New York City. They explore cultural diversity through domestic and international travel and take the lead in helping others through community service.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to outstanding community college transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges. Transfer students from all colleges who are members of the society and who have participated in its programs are eligible for consideration.

Yellow Ribbon Scholarships

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Yellow Ribbon is a scholarship designed to help military or veteran students supplement their Post 9/11 GI Bill tuition benefits.

Available to Current NYU Students

Global Pathways Scholarships

Want to see the world? We can help with that. This need-based award of up to $4,000 per semester goes toward the additional costs of studying away. You must have a current FAFSA on file with the university to be considered. Award notifications occur in June for the fall semester and November for the spring semester.

Scholarships and Scholar Programs Offered by NYU Colleges and Schools

NYU Abu Dhabi

Students who qualify can receive need-based grants and merit-based fellowships.More information is available on the NYU Abu Dhabi Financial Support website.

NYU Shanghai

Students are automatically considered for a variety of need- and merit-based scholarships and grants regardless of their citizenship status. More information is available on the NYU Shanghai Financial Aid website.

Outside Scholarships Honored at NYU

NYU also honors scholarships from outside sources, such as parents’ employers, unions, professional organizations, and community and special interest groups. If you’re awarded an outside scholarship, NYU may be required to reduce the amount of any loan you were initially allocated, allowing you to apply your scholarship or grant to the cost of attending NYU.

To find additional outside scholarships, there are a number of free search services available. We recommend, however, that you avoid paying for any scholarship search service.