Graduate Financial Aid

Attending graduate school is an investment in your future and a serious commitment of time and money. NYU Steinhardt is committed to assisting graduate applicants in the process of financing their education. One way we do this is by offering partial tuition scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships that are based on merit and financial need. Such types of aid, combined with loans, college work-study, and student employment help both full-time and part-time students complete their advanced degrees.

Each year, we award several million dollars in scholarships to new students and in effect reward previous hard work by offering the larger scholarships to those candidates who have the strongest credentials and the greatest financial need.

Early application is crucial for the fullest consideration. Please read this section to explore the possibilities. Do not let the perceived high cost of graduate education dissuade you from considering NYU Steinhardt.  Because of our scholarship award process, attending NYU may be well within your reach.

General Application Procedures

  • Required Form: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using FAFSA on the Web, available each year on January 1. The University's institution code is 002785.  

    All applicants starting in Summer 2014 will need to complete two FAFSA applications. File the 2013-2014 FAFSA in addition to the NYU Summer Aid application, which is available in mid-February on NYU's Office of Financial Aid's website, as well as the 2014-2015 FAFSA for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 aid.

  • Deadlines: Submit the FAFSA by February 1 for Fall/Summer enrollment or October 1 for spring enrollment. Do not wait to be accepted.
  • Supplemental Applications: Several scholarship programs require a separate application. Please see the scholarship descriptions listed below for details and deadlines.
  • Eligibility: Master's and advanced certificate applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents and eligible for federal financial aid may receive consideration for school based financial aid. Citizens of Canada and Mexico should review the detailed information below for special scholarship and loan opportunities. Citizens of other countries may be eligible for specifically developed loan programs and non-NYU sources of funding. Find out more information. Full-time doctoral applicants who submit completed applications for admission by the December 1 deadline, regardless of country of citizenship, will receive consideration for scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships.
  • Timing: File the FAFSA by the appropriate deadline. Do not wait to be accepted. Do not wait until your taxes are done. Although it is better to do your taxes early, it is acceptable to use estimates of your income, so long as they do not vary significantly from the actual values. You can make corrections later on the FAFSA website. Applying after the deadline will delay the processing of federal aid and student loans and result in loss of consideration for scholarships. NYU's Office of Financial Aid will begin sending notifications via email in late March for Summer/Fall and in early December for Spring.

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Funding for Full-Time Doctoral Students

Steinhardt Fellows Program and Research Assistantships

The Steinhardt School offers all full-time PhD students who matriculate in September 2010 or later a complete funding and mentoring program. All students offered full-time admission to our PhD programs are awarded a competitive full funding package in the form of a fellowship or research assistant  and are assigned to a faculty mentor. There is no special application required. In addition, a small cohort of part-time students are also admitted annually. Part-time students do not receive funding.

The Steinhardt Fellows program is designed to help PhD students undertake full-time study and research, to participate in superior academic and scholarly experiences, and to complete their studies in a timely manner. Depending on the student's program of study and degree requirements, financial support includes two or three years of full tuition and fees and a generous living stipend of $23,000 through the completion of the student's required coursework, and one to three years with a $15,000 scholarship to support the development and completion of their dissertation. In addition, each of the School's academic departments has developed a set of benchmarks and milestones, such as conference presentations, exhibitions, authored manuscripts, grant submissions, and sample syllabi, that faculty mentors help their students achieve in order to prepare them academically and professionally for post-doctoral work.

Selected doctoral students may alternatively be appointed to a Research Assistantship. Research Assistants are funded by external grants and work with a principal investigator on a funded research project. Unlike Steinhardt Fellows, RAs agree to work 20 hours per week on an ongoing research project, typically with a team of faculty and other students. Steinhardt Fellows may become Research Assistants when Steinhardt faculty win funding for projects that require research assistance.

NYU-IES Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunities

NYU's Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC) in association with faculty from six academic units - Applied Psychology, Humanities and Social Sciences in the Profession, Teaching and Learning (Steinhardt); Economics and Sociology (FAS); and the Wagner School of Public Service – was recently awarded a 5-year, $5-million award to train 28 doctoral students from diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences.

This interdisciplinary fellowship program is designed to train the next generation of quantitative educational researchers in methodological techniques developed to more accurately identify educational effects. These techniques include the utilization of randomized experimental designs, quasi-experimental methods, and other statistical approaches appropriate for causal inference and the analysis of multi-level data on students, teachers, schools, and developmental contexts.

Eligible applicants for 4-year fellowships are nominated by program-affiliated faculty from participating departments during the admissions process. Strong candidates will be those that demonstrate clear commitment to the goals of the fellowship in their application materials to their respective departments. To apply for a 4-year fellowship, we recommend that you make your interest in the IES-PIRT fellowship program clear in your application materials to the department to which you are applying.

Visit the IES-PIRT website for more information or contact Claudette Carter at claudette.carter@nyu.edu or 212-992-7673.

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Scholarships for Full-Time Students

21st Century Scholarships are offered to full-time, newly admitted master's and advanced certificate applicants showing the greatest potential and who show the strongest fit with the vision and mission of NYU Steinhardt. Applicants must meet all application deadlines (admission and FAFSA) for automatic consideration. No scholarship application required.

Steinhardt Graduate Scholarships are offered to full-time master's and doctoral students who are academically talented and show a need for financial assistance. Applicants must meet all application deadlines (admission and FAFSA) for automatic consideration. No scholarship application required.

The Deans Opportunity Scholarship is a competitive award for newly admitted master's and advanced certificate students from underrepresented groups (African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans) who intend to pursue full-time study. A completed scholarship application, separate from the admission application and FAFSA, must be submitted by March 1 for the Fall/Summer and October 1 for the Spring to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Click here for the application and instructions.

The Next Step Scholarship is a competitive scholarship available to graduates of NYU Steinhardt's Community College Transfer Opportunity Program (CCTOP) who are enrolling in a master's program for full-time study. A completed scholarship application, separate from the admission application and FAFSA, must be submitted by March 1 for the Fall/Summer and October 1 for the Spring to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Click here for the application and instructions. Applicants should have completed or will complete their undergraduate degree at NYU Steinhardt.

The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Scholarship is a competitive scholarship open to newly admitted Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who are enrolling in a master's program for full-time study. A completed scholarship application, separate from the admission application and FAFSA, must be submitted by March 1 for the Fall/Summer and October 1 for the Spring to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Click here for the application and instructions.

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges Scholarships are offered on a competitive basis to newly admitted students and designed for graduates of HBCUs, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and tribal colleges who wish to pursue graduate study on a full-time basis. A completed application, separate from the admission application and FAFSA, must be submitted by March 1 for the Fall/Summer and October 1 for the Spring to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Click here for the application and instructions.

The Health Professions Opportunity Scholarship is designed to assist newly admitted full-time graduate students from historically underrepresented groups (African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans) enrolled in any of the following health-related areas: physical or occupational therapy, community and international health, health education, nutrition, and speech pathology. A completed scholarship application, separate from the admission application and FAFSA, must be submitted by March 1 for the Fall and October 1 for the Spring to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Click here for the application and instructions.

The New York University Opportunity Fellowship is awarded on a highly competitive basis to newly admitted students from underrepresented groups (African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans) who exhibit strong academic ability. Several scholarships are offered each fall to those intending to pursue full-time study.  A completed scholarship application, separate from the admission application and FAFSA, must be submitted by March 1 (only available for the Fall semester) to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Click here for the application and instructions.

The Graduate Education Scholarship for North American Scholars is a partial scholarship program for citizens of Canada or Mexico who wish to pursue graduate study at the Steinhardt School. Several awards are offered on a competitive basis. A completed scholarship application, separate from the admission application, must be submitted by March 1 for the Fall and October 1 for the Spring to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Click here for the application and instructions.

AmeriCorps Alumni Scholarship was created to provide scholarship support for AmeriCorp alumni interested in pursuing full-time graduate study in one of our master's degree or advanced certificate programs.  We will provide up to 5 scholarships of $12,500 per year. We do not match the Education Award. In addition, we will waive the application fee for all AmeriCorp members. A completed scholarship application, separate from the admission application must be submitted by March 1 for the Fall semester. Click here for the application and instructionsWhile we will waive the application fee for all applicants regardless of the semester they apply the scholarship is only available to those applying for fall enrollment. You are eligible to apply if you complete your service by the start of the fall semester.

Teach For America Alumni Scholarship was created to provide scholarship support for alumni of Teach for America interested in pursuing full-time graduate study in one of our master's degree or advanced certificate programs. We will provide up to 5 scholarships of $12,500 per year. In addition, we will waive the application fee for all TfA members. A completed scholarship application, separate from the admission application must be submitted by March 1 for the Fall semester. Click here for the application and instructionsWhile we will waive the application fee for all applicants regardless of the semester they apply the scholarship is only available to those applying for fall enrollment. You are eligible to apply if you complete your service by the start of the Fall semester.

The Phyllis and Gerald LeBoff Doctoral Fellowship in Media Ecology is a highly competitive and prestigious fellowship for new P.D students in the Media, Culture, and Communication Program. The LeBoff Fellowship is designed to train the next generation of communications professorate and provides up to three years of full tuition assistance for full-time study as well as a generous stipend and individualized faculty mentoring. All full-time PhD applicants to the Media, Culture, and Communication Program (MDPH) who submit a completed application for admission by the December 15 deadline are automatically considered for this fellowship. No scholarship application required.

Jim Joseph Foundation Graduate Scholarships in Jewish Education
The Jim Joseph Foundation has graciously provided the financial support for this scholarship program. The grant was awarded to address a need to invest in training the next generation of Jewish educational leaders. Applicants to the dual degree MA in Education and Jewish Studies and MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies (EJHJ) are eligible for consideration and are automatically considered for this scholarship. Click here to read the full press release.

NYU's America Reads/America Counts program, the largest university-based tutoring program in the nation, is an excellent opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to earn their Federal Work Study funds while working in a rewarding job. Working under the supervision of classroom teachers, NYU America Reads/America Counts tutors help to ensure that the children with whom they are working are reading and doing math at or above their grade level. Tutors need not be enrolled in a teacher preparation program or have prior tutoring experience, but must be able to make a minimum weekly commitment of six hours in blocks of no less than two hours. Tutors must have a federal work-study allotment determined on the basis of the FAFSA. Get more information.

The ASPIRE (A Scholarship for Service Partnership for Interdisciplinary Research and Education) Program from the National Science Foundation will prepare its recipients with strong technical training and a security mindset that looks beyond just technology while approaching problems. As part of the Federal Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, it will nurture leadership, community service, and good citizenship in its scholars, producing a cadre of Scholarship for Service graduates ready for some of the most crucial challenges of our time. An interdisciplinary cross section of one of world's foremost universities will provide qualified students with skills in the technological (NYU School of Engineering), business (NYU Stern), cultural (NYU Steinhardt), public policy and management (NYU Wagner), and scientific (NYU Courant Institute) aspects of real world security and privacy problems. Applicants interested in information security who have backgrounds in non-technical fields such as law, business, policy, or media studies are encouraged to apply. Click here for application, instructions and deadlines.

The INformation Security and Privacy Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) Program is an IGERT scholarship to provide the best Ph.D. students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research in cybersecurity, information assurance and privacy. As a partnership between the NYU School of Engineering, the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and faculty from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, INSPIRE is built around the interdisciplinary research projects initiated by our world-class faculty.

Students who have an interest in security and privacy in information technology, and plan to enter a Ph.D. program in science, mathematics, technology, or engineering that includes multidisciplinary dimensions or perspectives are encouraged to apply to INSPIRE. The scholarship is open to U.S. permanent residents as well as citizens. If accepted, the student's tuition will be paid in addition to an annual $30,000 stipend. They will also receive the focused support of our faculty and the IGERT community. Click here for an application, instructions, and deadlines.

Resident Assistantships (RAs) are available to full-time, matriculated graduate students. RAs are carefully selected and trained to provide support and assistance in various University residence facilities. The application and selection process for these highly competitive leadership positions begins early.  Applicants interested in applying for RA positions should contact the Department of Residential Education at 212-998-4311 or 33 Washington Square West, New York, NY 10011-9154. See their website for more information

Scholarships for Part-Time Study

Centennial Scholarships, for new part-time (six credits) master's and advanced certificate students, are awarded on a competitive basis and recognize superior academic achievement.  All applicants who indicate part-time study on their application for admission and meet the appropriate application deadline are automatically considered. No scholarship application required.

The Jonathan Levin Urban Education Scholarship was created in memory of Jonathan Levin - an English teacher and graduate of the Steinhardt School warmly remembered by his colleagues and the high school students he taught in the Bronx. This award provides partial financial support to teachers who have provisional or initial certification. To be considered, applicants must have at least one year of teaching experience in a New York City school and have New York State certification. Also, applicants should be enrolling part-time in one of our master's degree programs which leads to professional/permanent certification.  A completed scholarship application, separate from the admission application and FAFSA, must be submitted by March 1 to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Click here for the application and instructions.

The Mayor's Graduate Scholarship Program offers up to five partial tuition scholarships for part-time study to full-time New York City employees. Admission applications must be completed and submitted by February 1. Scholarship applications are available from the Department of Citywide Administrative Services.

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Yellow Ribbon Program - Veterans Benefits

NYU is pleased to be participating in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The program is designed to help students finance, through scholarship assistance, up to 100 percent of their out-of-pocket tuition and fees associated with education programs that may exceed the Post 9/11 GI Bill tuition benefit. Find out more more about the program.

NYU is committed to our student veterans, but must also balance the limited resources of scholarship funding among all our eligible students with financial need. Students receiving Yellow Ribbon benefits who have also been awarded NYU scholarships may receive combined veterans benefits, Yellow Ribbon benefits, and NYU scholarships as eligible up to, but not exceeding, their tuition and fees.

 External Funding Opportunities

The American Association of University Women Educational Foundation is one of the world's largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women. This organization supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented. Get information on fellowships, grants, and awards.

The Janet H. and C. Harry Knowles Foundation was established in 1999 to strengthen the quality of science and mathematics teachers teaching in grades 9-12 in United States schools. The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation supports individuals and programs designed to encourage and sustain young scientists and mathematicians as they dedicate their lives to teaching other young people and to becoming leaders in the field of education. The Foundation also supports efforts that provide insight into how to best prepare high school science and mathematics teachers. Learn more about the Foundation's Teaching Fellowships, Research Fellowships, and Conference Series.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private independent foundation established by Jack Kent Cooke to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education. The Foundation focuses in particular on individuals with financial need by offering four scholarship programs: Graduate; Undergraduate Transfer; Young Scholars; and September 11. Learn more.

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is the nation's largest, oldest, most successful, and most comprehensive minority higher education assistance organization. UNCF provides operating funds and technology enhancement services for 38 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), scholarships and internships for students at almost 1,000 institutions, and faculty and administrative professional training. The UNCF website provides information on thousands of scholarships and grants administered by the UNCF and other organizations.

The Jacob K. Javitzs Fellowship Program provides financial assistance to students who have demonstrated superior academic ability and achievement, exceptional promise, and financial need and who undertake graduate study leading to a doctoral degree or a master's degree in which the master's degree is the terminal highest degree in the selected field of study. The U.S. Department of Education awards fellowships in selected fields of study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Panels of experts appointed by the Javits Fellowship Board select fellows according to criteria established by the board. Students must demonstrate financial need by filing the FAFSA. The selected fields of study supported by the Javits Fellowship Program are available for review on the website

National AMBUCS Scholarships for Therapists are available to students in a program accredited by the appropriate health therapy profession authority in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and hearing audiology. Awards are based on financial need, U.S. citizenship, commitment to local community, demonstrated academic accomplishment, character for compassion and integrity, and career objectives. For more information, see the website.

The National Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) offers different scholarship programs for students of various educational backgrounds. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents of Hispanic heritage. Deadlines are typically in early fall. For more information, see the website.

Making College Affordable: An Online Guide for Hispanic Students is a new guide dedicated to helping Hispanic students navigate the often-challenging world of college affordability, financial aid, and scholarships.  For more information, see the website.

Teach New York - The Graduate Scholarship Program was created to address the staffing needs in critical shortage areas and to improve the delivery of service to New York City Public School students. This program prepares participants to serve in the areas of Bilingual Special Education, Monolingual and Bilingual Speech Language Pathology, Monolingual and Bilingual Visually Impaired and Bilingual School Psychology. The scholarship program offers uncertified candidates a traditional path to certification by way of a Master's degree in a traditional teaching or clinical shortage area.   To apply click here.

The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) provides grants for full-time study to New York State residents who demonstrate financial need. After submitting the FAFSA, legal residents of New York State receive a preprinted TAP application from the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), which they must complete and return for consideration. Get information on FAFSA or additional  information on TAP

The Spencer Foundation is intended to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world. The foundation has been dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to the improvement in education. The foundation is thus committed to supporting high-quality investigation of education through its research programs and to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities. Get more information about the foundation and their programs.

The Surdna Foundation invites arts teachers from public arts high schools to apply for funding for artistic development through its Arts Teachers Fellowship Program. The program offers teachers the opportunity to immerse themselves in their own creative work, interact with other professional artists, and stay current with new practices. Visit the website to learn more. 212 557 0010 ext 256; artsfellowship@surdna.org.

National LGBT Scholarship Database The new online dynamic database is free and provides LGBT and ally students with the largest, most comprehensive source of LGBT scholarship and funding resources in the nation. Individuals can find how to apply and search scholarships available at certain campuses, state by state, regionally or nationally. Visit the website to learn more.

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Federal Work-Study and Student Employment

Most financial aid award packages include "recommended academic year earnings." This means you are eligible to participate in the Federal Work-Study Program and may earn up to the amount recommended in your award letter. Federal Work-Study jobs, generally averaging from 15 to 20 hours per week, are secured through the Wasserman Center for Career Development. Positions in various on-campus departments and organizations are readily available (though not guaranteed) and usually pay $7.50 to $8.00 or more per hour. Academic year earnings are paid out on a biweekly basis and are normally used for books, transportation, and personal expenses.

NYU provides a wide range of employment opportunities for students, and all are encouraged to take advantage of the placement services (including summer jobs) offered by the Wasserman Center for Career Development, located at 133 East 13th Street.

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Loans

The typical financial aid package for graduate students includes a "suggested student loan" amount. Applicants who have been admitted and who have their FAFSA on file will automatically be considered for student loans. There are no additional documents that need to be submitted unless specifically requested from the NYU Office of Financial Aid. Official award letters are mailed to students beginning in late March for summer and fall enrollment and in late November for spring enrollment.  Students receiving award letters should very carefully read and follow the instructions included with their letter to finalize loan processing and approval. Specific questions about loans may be directed to the NYU Office of Financial Aid by telephone at 212-998-4444; email at financial.aid@nyu.edu; or in person at 25 West Fourth Street, New York, NY.

All applicants starting in the summer 2014 will need to complete two FAFSA applications.  File the 2013-2014 FAFSA in addition to the NYU Summer Aid application (available in mid-February on NYU's Office of Financial Aid's website) and the 2014-2015 FAFSA for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 aid.

The Federal Stafford Student Loan Program makes unsubsidized loans available to students attending at least half time (minimum 6 credits). Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 in unsubsidized Stafford loans each academic year.

Private Loans for Graduate and Professional Students

A number of loan programs are available to graduate students and their families. Get more information.

Private Loans for International Students

Some private (non-federal) alternative loans are available to international students. Get more information.

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Loan Forgiveness

Working in the public service sector may allow you to cancel some of your loan debt. You can read more about this on the US Department of Education website.  

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Income Based Loan Repayment

IBR caps your required monthly federal student loan payments at an amount intended to be affordable based on your income and family size. Under the IBR requirements, you might be eligible for the 10-year Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Read more about the IBR plan.

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Additional Financial Aid Resources on the Web

Many organizations corporations, and foundations offer scholarship assistance. For additional information, please visit the following scholarship search services:

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Payment Plans

TuitionPay Plan is a payment plan administered by SallieMae. The plan is open to all NYU students with the exception of the SCPS Non-Credit division. This interest-free plan allows for all or a portion of a student's educational expenses (including tuition, fees, room and board) to be paid in monthly installments.  For additional information, contact the Office of the Bursar, New York University, 25 West Fourth Street, New York, NY 10012-1119; 212-998-2806 or see their website.

The Deferred Payment Plan allows students to pay 50 percent of the net balance due for the current semester and defer the remaining 50 percent until later in the semester. This plan is available to students who are matriculated and registered for 6 or more points without a previously unsatisfactory University credit record. For additional information, contact the Office of the Bursar, New York University, 25 West Fourth Street, New York, NY 10012-1119; 212-998-2806 or see their website.

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For Further Information

New and prospective students can contact the Office of Graduate Admissions, Steinhardt School, New York University, 82 Washington Square East, New York, NY 10003-6680; 212-998-5030; steinhardt.gradadmissions@nyu.edu.

For help in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), call 800-4-FED-AID.

For general financial aid information, including questions about the FAFSA, contact the Office of Financial Aid, New York University, 25 West Fourth Street, New York, NY 10012-1119; 212-998-4444; or see their website.

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