The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to determine eligibility for federal grants and loans. Students may receive a merit scholarship award, determined at the initial audition as part of the acceptance package.

The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music is committed to helping its students meet their educational expenses through federal, state, institutional aid and loan programs. Financial aid and scholarships at New School Jazz are awarded on the basis of a combination of financial need and talent. All students are encouraged to file for financial aid consideration. Students should not wait for an admissions decision to file for financial aid.

The priority deadline for filing is March 1 for fall admission and November 1 for spring admission.

Applying for Financial Aid

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
Freshman and transfer admission applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and needing financial aid must follow these steps:

  1. Complete the FAFSA (school code #002780). You can fill out the FAFSA online at The form should be completed in January in order to ensure receipt by our March 1 priority deadline. Students applying for spring semester admissions should file the FAFSA in early September to ensure receipt by our November 1 deadline. If necessary, estimated income figures may be used in filling out the FAFSA.
  2. Apply for all other sources of aid available to you, including state entitlement programs, such as the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) in New York State, and outside merit scholarships.

For additional information about financial aid, contact Student Financial Services at 212.229.8930 or

International Students
We welcome applications from students who are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents. Although such students are not eligible to receive federal or state financial assistance, they are eligible for merit-based scholarships.

For further information on additional outside sources of funding for international students, consult A Guide to Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants: A Selected Bibliography. It is available free of charge from Communications Division, Box SB, Institute for International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York 10017, USA.

For additional information about financial aid, contact Student Financial Services at 212.229.8930 or

University and New School Jazz Scholarships

New School Jazz Scholarship Program
Scholarships are awarded on a merit basis to students demonstrating outstanding ability during their live audition or on their audition tape or CD. Awards continue in subsequent years, providing the student is achieving satisfactory academic and artistic progress and remains within the guidelines of other program policies. Every year, New School Jazz awards more than $1 million to new and continuing students.

University Scholars Program
In order to help the university attract and retain a diverse student body, a special fund is allocated each year to provide supplemental grants to qualified entering African American, Latino American, Asian American, and Native American students in order to help close the gap between a student's total financial aid package and total financial need.

Named Scholarships
New School Jazz students are eligible for a number of scholarships established by or in memory of friends and supporters of the school. These scholarships are typically awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and artistic potential and achievement. Some are awarded for one year only; others are renewable.

Named scholarships include the Zoot Sims Scholarship, the Bill Kitses Scholarship, the Kenneth Glancy Scholarship, and the Helen and Bob Morgan Scholarship.

Federal Government Grants

Pell Grants
A federally funded need-based grant with awards up to $5,550 per year.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
A federally funded grant that helps undergraduates with exceptional need. Students who receive SEOG must have a $0 Estimate Family Contribution (EFC). Awards range from $500 to $1,000 per year.

Federal College Work-Study

Students awarded Federal Work Study based on need and on the first come first served basis. They may apply for and work at the university or in community service organizations earning an hourly wage. Federal Work Study is paid on a biweekly basis. Students with Federal Work Study jobs may work no more than 20 hours per week during academic periods and up to 35 hours per week during breaks. Federal Work Study positions are listed online at

The FAFSA deadline to be considered for FWS is May 1.


New York State Grants

In order to be eligible for New York State grant programs, students must be New York State residents for one year and one day prior to enrollment at any college or university in New York State.

Tuition Aid Program (TAP)
This program provides support for full-time (12 or more credits per semester) students. Grants range up to $5,000 per year. Eligibility for TAP grants is based on New York State income tax returns. Students who are eligible to apply will receive an Express TAP Application (ETA) approximately six weeks after receiving their SAR. Students must complete the ETA to be considered for TAP.

Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS)
This program provides support for part-time (9-11 credits at New School Jazz) students who are New York State residents. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 per year. Students should request an APTS application from the Financial Aid Office.

Federal Student Loans


William D. Ford Direct Student Loans
William D. Ford Direct Student Loans are government backed student loans that are issued by federally secured loan lender. Students who are eligible will receive information about William D. Ford Direct Student Loans in their financial aid package. There are two types of Stafford Loans: subsidized and unsubsidized. Subsidized Stafford Loans are need-based loans. Subsidized Stafford Loan interest is paid by the Federal government as long as a student is enrolled at least half-time. Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are available to students who do not have need or who are independent as per the Federal SAR. Students are responsible for all interest on unsubsidized loans.


Perkins Loans
Formerly known as the National Direct Student Loan, the Perkins Loan is a federally funded low-interest (5 percent) loan that is repayable nine months after either graduation or less than half-time enrollment. Loan amounts vary depending upon financial need and available funding, with a maximum available of $2,000 per year.

Federal Direct Plus Loans

Federal Direct Plus Loans are federally backed loans taken by parents or legal guardians on behalf of dependent undergraduate students. These loans have a fixed rate of 7.9 percent. They are based on parents' or guardians' credit history but not look debt-to-income ratios. Parents or guardians may borrow up to the student's cost of attendance minus other financial aid and may use Plus Loan funds to pay for expenses such as transportation, books, and supplies in addition to tuition, fees, and housing. In the event that a student's parents or guardians are denied eligibility for a Federal Plus Loan, the student becomes eligible for additional unsubsidized Stafford Loan funds.

Other Financial Aid Options

Private Loans
Students who are independent or whose parents or guardians do not wish to take a Plus Loan may apply for private educational loans up to the cost of attendance minus other financial aid. The rates on these loans vary and eligibility is based on the student's and/or co-signer's credit. Most students will require a co-signer to take these loans. International students may take private loans with U.S. citizens or permanent residents as co-signers.

External Funding
Refer to the New School website for additional information about scholarship searches, or review Finding Resources for Education Expenses.

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