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.

Each year, we award several million dollars in scholarships to new students, from partial tuition funding to fellowships and assistantships based on merit and financial need. By combining such types of aid with loans, college work-study, and student employment, both full-time and part-time students can complete their advanced degrees.

Explore your financial aid opportunities in the sections below, and don't let the perceived high cost of graduate education dissuade you from considering NYU Steinhardt. Because of our scholarship award policies and process, attending NYU may be well within your reach.

How to Apply for NYU Financial Aid

In order to apply for financial aid from NYU, you must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is available at on the FAFSA website each year starting on October 1. Submit this form as soon as possible after October 1, and indicate that your data is to be sent to New York University, code number 002785. You must submit a FAFSA each year to determine and renew your financial aid. Read more about NYU financial aid packages and types of financial aid

The deadline to submit the FAFSA is February 1 for Fall/Summer enrollment or October 1 for Spring enrollment. NYU's Office of Financial Aid will begin sending notifications via email in late March for Summer/Fall and in early December for Spring. Apply early: applying after the deadline will delay the processing of federal aid and student loans and result in the loss of consideration for scholarships. 

Do not wait to be accepted to submit the FAFSA.  Beginning October 1, 2016, the FAFSA will be based on “Prior Prior Year” tax data, increasing accuracy of awarding and allowing students to utilize taxes that they have already filed from two years prior.  We strongly encourage the use of the FAFSA Data Retrieval Tool whenever possible.  The Data Retrieval Tool allows students to import their tax information into the FAFSA directly from the IRS.  For help in completing the FAFSA, call 800-4-FED-AID.

Master's degree and advanced certificate applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents may receive consideration for NYU financial aid packages. Full-time PhD 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.

See the sections below for scholarship and loan opportunities, some of which you may be eligible for if you are a citizen of Canada or Mexico. Citizens of other countries may also be eligible for specifically developed loan programs and non-NYU sources of funding.


Apply early: Do not wait to be accepted. Applying after the deadline will delay the processing of federal aid and student loans and result in the loss of consideration for scholarships. The deadline to submit the FAFSA is February 1 for Fall/Summer enrollment or October 1 for Spring enrollment.

21st Century Scholarships
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. For automatic consideration, you must meet all admissions and FAFSA application deadlines. 

No scholarship application required, only the FAFSA

Steinhardt Graduate Scholarships
Offered to full-time master's and advanced certificate students who are academically talented and show a need for financial assistance. For automatic consideration, you must meet all admissions and FAFSA application deadlines.

No scholarship application required, only the FAFSA

The Deans Opportunity Scholarship 
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. Submit a completed scholarship application, separate from your admission application and FAFSA, to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Apply by March 1 (Fall/Summer) or November 1 (Spring)

NYU Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship Program
The NYU Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship Program offers a select group of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) leadership development programming and financial support while pursuing a MA or MS degree.  The Coverdell Fellowship selection process is competitive. A limited number of fellowships are available each year, and availability varies.  The fellowship will provide a 50% tuition scholarship, basic health insurance and participation in leadership development programming overseen by the NYU Leadership Initiative. 

You must apply to a NYU Steinhardt MA or MS degree program as a full time student for the fall semester.  Only RPCVs who have successfully completed their term of service by the start of the fall semester are eligible.  To be considered, answer “yes” on your online application for admission to the Coverdell Fellowship question and upload a copy of your Description of Service to the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Description of Service Upload page.

Please note, to be considered for the fellowship your application for admission must be submitted by the program deadline date or January 15th, whichever comes first.

For more information visit the NYU Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship page.

There is no fellowship application. Submit online application for admission by January 15.

Graduate Global Study Scholarship
Graduate-level, faculty-led study abroad can significantly enhance one’s professional and academic training.  To support participation in Steinhardt study abroad programs, NYU Steinhardt offers selected candidates in the MA Educational Theatre: Colleges & Communities (EDTC non-summer option); MA International Education (INTS); and MA Sociology of Education (SOED), a one-time scholarship of $5,000 to be used towards the cost of tuition and housing/activity fees for a Steinhardt-based graduate study abroad course.  The scholarship can be awarded at any stage of the students’ degree progress and in any semester.  This scholarship is in addition to any other financial aid a student may receive.  This award is available to incoming students only. Candidates should indicate their interest in consideration by answering ‘Yes’ on their graduate admission application.

No scholarship application required, only the FAFSA

City Year Scholarship
Up to five partial scholarships  per year will are awarded to City Year members and alumni interested in pursuing full-time graduate study in one of our master's degree or advanced certificate programs.  Submit a completed scholarship application, separate from the admission application. We waive the application fee for all City Year applicants regardless of the semester for which you apply, but the scholarship is only available to those applying for Fall enrollment. 

Apply  by March 1 for fall enrollment

The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Scholarship
A competitive scholarship open to newly admitted returned Peace Corps volunteers who are enrolling in a master's program for full-time study. Submit a completed scholarship application, separate from your admission application and FAFSA, to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Apply by March 1 (Fall/Summer) or November 1 (Spring)

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges Scholarships
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. Submit a completed application, separate from your admission application and FAFSA, to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Apply by March 1 (Fall/Summer) or November 1 (Spring)

The Health Professions Opportunity Scholarship 
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 (Master's and Advanced Certificate degrees only): Art Therapy, Drama Therapy, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition, Food Studies, Counseling, and Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Submit a completed scholarship application, separate from your admission application and FAFSA, to the Office of Graduate Admissions. 

Apply by March 1 (Fall/Summer) or November 1 (Spring)

The Graduate Education Scholarship for North American Scholars 
A partial scholarship program for newly admitted citizens of Canada or Mexico who wish to pursue graduate study at the Steinhardt School. Several awards are offered on a competitive basis. Submit a completed scholarship application, separate from your admission application, to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Apply by March 1 (Fall/Summer) or November 1 (Spring)

AmeriCorps Alumni Scholarship 
Up to five partial scholarships per year are awarded to AmeriCorp alumni interested in pursuing full-time graduate study in one of our master's degree or advanced certificate programs. We do not match the Education Award. You are eligible to apply if you complete your service by the start of the Fall semester. Submit a completed scholarship application, separate from the admission application. We waive the application fee for all AmeriCorp members regardless of the semester for which you apply, but the scholarship is only available to those applying for Fall enrollment. 

Apply by March 1 (Fall enrollment only)

Teach for America Alumni Scholarship 
Up to five partial scholarships  per year will are awarded to alumni of Teach for America interested in pursuing full-time graduate study in one of our master's degree or advanced certificate programs. You are eligible to apply if you complete your service by the start of the Fall semester. Submit a completed scholarship application, separate from the admission application. We waive the application fee for all Teach for America alumni regardless of the semester for which you apply, but the scholarship is only available to those applying for Fall enrollment. 

Apply by March 1 (Fall enrollment only)

America Reads and Counts at NYU 
America Reads and Counts at NYUEarn your federal work study funds while working in a rewarding job thorugh the largest university-based tutoring program in the US. Working under the supervision of classroom teachers, tutors help ensure that the children with whom they are working are reading and doing math at or above their grade level. You do not need to 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, and must have a federal work-study allotment determined on the basis of your FAFSA.

Apply (see website for more details)

ASPIRE (A Scholarship for Service Partnership for Interdisciplinary Research and Education)
Supports two-to-three years of stipends, tuition, and allowance for students in the general area of information assurance and cybersecurity. Additionally, students awarded the scholarship will also be given academic year stipends of $25,000 for master’s degree students and $30,000 per year for doctoral students, and many other benefitsApplicants interested in information security who have backgrounds in non-technical fields such as law, business, policy, or media studies are encouraged to apply. 

Apply (see website for more details)

INSPIRE (The INformation Security and Privacy Interdisciplinary Research and Education Program) 
Awards full tuition in addition to an annual $30,000 stipend, as well as the focused support of faculty. Students who have an interest in security and privacy in information technology and plan to enter a PhD program in science, mathematics, technology, or engineering that includes multidisciplinary dimensions or perspectives are encouraged to apply. The program is designed to provide you with the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research in cybersecurity, information assurance and privacy. 

Apply by March 1 (Fall/Summer) or October 1 (Spring)

Resident Assistantships (RAs)
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. Learn more. 

Contact the Dept. of Residential Life at reslife.ra@nyu.edu


Centennial Scholarships
Awarded on a competitive basis to new part-time (six credits) master's and advanced certificate students with superior academic achievement.  For automatic consideration, you must meet all admissions and FAFSA application deadlines and indicate part-time study on application for admission.

No scholarship application required

Graduate Global Study Scholarship

Graduate-level, faculty-led study abroad can significantly enhance one’s professional and academic training.  To support participation in Steinhardt study abroad programs, NYU Steinhardt offers selected candidates in the MA Educational Theatre: Colleges & Communities (EDTC non-summer option); MA International Education (INTS); and MA Sociology of Education (SOED), a one-time scholarship of $5,000 to be used towards the cost of tuition and housing/activity fees for a Steinhardt-based graduate study abroad course.  The scholarship can be awarded at any stage of the students’ degree progress and in any semester.  This scholarship is in addition to any other financial aid a student may receive.  This award is available to incoming students only. Candidates should indicate their interest in consideration by answering ‘Yes’ on their graduate admission application.

No scholarship application required

The Mayor's Graduate Scholarship Program
Up to five partial tuition scholarships are available for part-time study to full-time New York City employees. 

Apply to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) 


Steinhardt Fellows Program and Research Assistantships

NYU Steinhardt awards all students (including international students) who are offered full-time admission to our PhD programs a full funding and mentoring package. There is no separate application required. Although a small cohort of part-time doctoral students are 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 $26,000 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, research assistants 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 seven academic units - Administration, Leadership and TechnologyApplied PsychologyApplied Statistics, Social Science, and HumanitiesTeaching and Learning (Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development); Economics and Sociology (Faculty of Arts and Science); and the Wagner School of Public Service – was awarded a second five-year grant to train an additional 27 incoming and advanced doctoral students from diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences through 14 four-year awards and 13 two-year awards.

The primary focus of the second phase is to provide doctoral students with the knowledge, expertise, and technical skills to pursue rigorous, cutting-edge, relevant research in both academic and non-academic settings and to produce research that supports children’s learning from preschool through post-secondary education.

Eligible applicants for 4-year awards 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. While you are not required to submit additional materials in order to be considered, we recommend that you make clear your interest in the IES-PIRT fellowship program in your application to the department to which you are applying.

For more information, contact ies.pirt.admin@nyu.edu or call 212-992-7695.


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 NYU's 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 its students, and we encourage you to take advantage of placement services, including summer jobs, offered by the Wasserman Center for Career Development, located at 133 East 13th Street.


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 emailed 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 at 212-998-4444 or financial.aid@nyu.edu.

The Federal Stafford Student Loan Program: This program makes unsubsidized loans available to students attending at least half time (minimum six 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. 

Private Loans for International Students: Some private (non-federal) alternative loans are available to international students.

Loan Forgiveness: You may be able to cancel some of your loan debt if you meet certain requirements, such as working in the public service sectorteaching in a low-income school, or working in social service agencies that serve communities in need.

Income-Based Loan Repayment (IBR): This plan 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 ten-year Public Service Loan Forgiveness. 


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 about the program.

NYU is committed to our student veterans, but we 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.


The American Association of University Women Educational Foundation
One of the world's largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women.

The Janet H. and C. Harry Knowles Foundation
Established to strengthen the quality of U.S. science and mathematics teachers teaching grades 9-12.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Focuses in particular on individuals with financial need.

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) 
The nation's largest, oldest, and most comprehensive minority higher education assistance organization, with information on thousands of scholarships and grants.

The Jacob K. Javitz 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 US Department of Education awards fellowships in selected fields of study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

National AMBUCS Scholarships for Therapists
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, US citizenship, commitment to local community, demonstrated academic accomplishment, character for compassion and integrity, and career objectives. 

The National Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
Offers different scholarship programs for students of various educational backgrounds. Applicants must be US citizens or US permanent residents of Hispanic heritage. Deadlines are typically in early Fall. 

Teach New York
The Graduate Scholarship 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, and offers uncertified candidates a traditional path to certification by way of a master's degree in a traditional teaching or clinical shortage area. 

The Spencer Foundation
Dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to foster improvement in education, the foundation supports high-quality investigation of education through its research programs and strengthens the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs. 

The Surdna Foundation
The Arts Teachers Fellowship program offers teachers from public arts high schools the opportunity funding for artistic development.

National LGBT Scholarship Database
The largest, most comprehensive source of LGBT scholarship and funding resources available. 

GoodCall Scholarship Engine

GoodCall integrates data and technology to make finding scholarships easier for students and their families. View thousands of scholarships, filter results by specific requirements, and even search by competition level and entry difficulty.


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


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, and room and board) to be paid in monthly installments. For additional information, contact the NYU Office of the Bursar.

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 six or more credits per semester without a previously unsatisfactory University credit record. For additional information, contact the NYU Office of the Bursar.