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Scholarships and Awards

  • A variety of forms of financial assistance, including merit-based tuition scholarships, are available from the university for applicants to the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students, including international students.

    It is not necessary to have an admission decision to begin the financial aid process. All new and continuing students should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Office of Student Financial Services can answer questions about applying for financial aid, calculating the overall cost of attendance, and billing and payment options.

    New School Tuition Scholarships

    All applicants to the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students are considered for a competitive merit-based scholarship. No additional application components are required for this particular university scholarship.

    A large proportion of admitted students are offered merit-based tuition scholarships. Merit-based tuition scholarships are available to students pursuing full-time and part-time study (at least 6 credits), on campus or online. Merit-based tuition scholarships are renewable, provided that satisfactory academic performance is maintained.

    Additional Scholarships

    Students are automatically considered for the following scholarships, based on eligibility, during the regular application process. Need-based aid applications may also be used in awarding these scholarships.

    Laguardia Presidential Scholarships

    This university program provides $3,500 annual awards to undergraduate students. Students are selected who meet the following prerequisites: transferred into the program with at least 60 credits; have demonstrated high academic achievement and community involvement and leadership; reside in the New York City area; are U.S. citizens or permanent residents; and have filed the FAFSA.

    Laguardia Presidential Scholars must enroll for at least 18 credits each academic year (fall, spring, and summer terms), maintain a 3.0 GPA, and complete a bachelor's degree within four years.

    University Scholars Program

    This need-based program is designed to recruit and retain a diverse student body. Degree students in all academic divisions and programs of The New School are automatically considered as long as they are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have filed the FAFSA. Need-based scholarships are also available and awarded depending on a student's demonstrated financial need. Need is determined on the basis of the FAFSA (for U.S. citizens and eligible permanent residents) or the International Student Scholarship Application. Need-based financial aid may come in the form of federal and/or state loans, grants, and work study.

    Community College Scholarships

    The New School offers two scholarships specifically for applicants to the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who have attended community college. Applicants to the program are automatically considered for these scholarships upon admission consideration, and both are renewable annually, provided the recipients maintain satisfactory academic progress.

    Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

    Members of Phi Theta Kappa are recognized for academic achievement. Awards are competitive and are based on a candidate's entire application (academics, essays, work and volunteer experience).

    Community College Transfer Scholarships

    Scholarships are awarded each year to community college transfer students who demonstrate qualities that The New School believes contribute to the strength and diversity of its student body. Undergraduate applicants to the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students are automatically considered for these awards.

    Scholarships Requiring Applications

    Thanks to the generosity of philanthropic organizations, The New School is able to offer several donor scholarships. Application deadlines for some of these awards change each year and are announced to students by email. The application process for the Osher, Jacobson, and Kersner scholarships, described below, begins in March 2019. Additional information about how to apply for those three awards will be posted on this page at that time.

    The following donor scholarships require an additional application. They are open each summer to both continuing students in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and new students who apply by the priority deadline. Prospective students can sign up to receive emails about the program, including scholarship application information.

    Bernard Osher Foundation Reentry Scholarships

    For high-achieving undergraduate adult students 25 and older who are returning to finish their degrees after being out of school for five years or more. Community college transfer students are welcome to apply if they have been out of school for at least five years. Guidelines that explain who is eligible for this award are posted here.

    Jacobson/Newcombe Scholarships for Mature Women Students

    Targets undergraduate students 25 and older who are returning to finish their degrees after a hiatus from a previous school. Community college transfer students are welcome to apply. Guidelines that explain who is eligible for this award are posted here.

    Joan Howard Kersner Memorial Scholarships I Theater and Performing Arts

    Targets undergraduate students whose educational and career interests are in the performing arts. Guidelines that explain who is eligible for this award are posted here.

    Military and Veteran Benefits

    A designated Military Friendly® ​School for 2018-2019, The New School has a long history of welcoming veterans to its various courses and degree programs, recognizing in their unique life experience an exceptional potential only those who have served can claim. Contact Student Veteran Services for help with accessing your VA benefits.

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