Scholarships and Grants

The New School has an extensive program of scholarships, grants, and fellowships for degree students, which are awarded based on merit or a combination of merit and need. Annual awards range from several hundred dollars to full tuition and fees and usually are renewable based on continuing high academic achievement. Scholarships and grants do not require any repayment or service. They are generally awarded to help students cover the cost of their tuition as part of a larger financial aid package, which may also include work-study and loans.

Note that scholarships do not automatically renew for the same amount in subsequent years. Also, non-academic factors such as changes in need calculations, missing the deadline to file FAFSA, or refusal of a subsidized student loan may affect scholarship renewal.


All accepted students are considered for merit-based scholarships. There is no separate scholarship application except:

  • U.S. citizens and residents who wish to be considered for a New School aid package (which would include institutional scholarships) must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually.
  • International students admitted to an undergraduate program of The New School for General Studies or to a Parsons AAS program must file the Undergraduate International Student Scholarship Application.

Recipients of scholarships and grants are notified of their awards in their acceptance letters or soon after by either their program or Student Financial Services.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate degree applicants are considered for scholarships and grants based on academic achievement documented in their application materials and financial need (as documented in FAFSA or the Undergraduate International Scholarship Application).


Note that need-based scholarship awards may be reduced or canceled if verification documents requested by Student Financial Services are not received by the stated deadline. Need-based awards may be reduced in subsequent aid years if subsidized student loan offers are declined.


All applicants to graduate degree programs are automatically considered for available institutional scholarships and fellowships. U.S. citizens and residents are expected to file FAFSA, and their scholarships will be awarded as part of a financial aid package that may also include federal work-study and a student loan.

External Funding

Despite the availability of New School scholarship funding, it is highly recommended that all students pursue scholarship funding available from different agencies or organizations outside of the university. While it is a student's responsibility to find scholarships offered outside of the university, Student Financial Services offers tools to help in the search for scholarships.

You may check the Other Scholarship Opportunities for external scholarship information that may be relevant to you. The list is updated regularly as we become aware of new scholarship opportunities.

Keep in mind that the quest for external funding is time-consuming. The most important thing to remember about scholarship and fellowship searches is to start early, as application deadlines may be established several months to a year in advance of award disbursal.

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