• How to Apply for Financial Aid | The New School

    Understand your financial aid eligibility and award application requirements

    The New School funds a variety of institutional scholarships, fellowships, grants, and stipends as part of its comprehensive program to provide financial assistance for college and graduate school. The university also participates in U.S. and state government grant, loan, and work-study programs and programs for veterans of the U.S. armed services. Learn more about available financial aid awards from The New School and how to apply for funds needed to cover education costs.

    Financial Aid Eligibility

    • Every student admitted to an undergraduate or graduate degree program, as well as those admitted to selected continuing education diploma and certificate programs, may qualify for financial aid awards on the basis of academic merit and/or financial need. Admission counselors can answer most questions about financial aid eligibility, or you can email your questions to sfs@newschool.edu.
    • Students taking courses but not admitted to a degree, diploma, or graduate-level certificate program are not eligible for financial aid.

    For a quick overview, download the Financial Aid Eligibility and Application Chart (PDF).

    How We Determine Financial Aid Awards

    Student Financial Services puts together a comprehensive package of financial assistance for college or graduate school on the basis of a student's intended program of study, personal and family financial information, academic merit in the eyes of the admission committee, and any external sources of funding. This may include any combination of free financial aid awards, grants, loans, and work-study, which will be described in an official award letter mailed to your address of record. Award letters also include a set of Award Terms and Conditions (PDF). Note: Financial aid awards are not negotiable.

    How to Apply for Financial Aid with The New School

    As part of the admission process, students admitted to full-time degree programs are considered for merit-based institutional scholarships and grants applicable to their programs. Scholarship awards are usually included in letters of acceptance and are normally renewed from year to year as long as the recipient is making satisfactory academic progress.

    Students seeking need-based grants, loans, and work-study aid must apply through Student Financial Services as described below. U.S. citizens and eligible residents apply by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    New Students — Submit FAFSA or Alternative New School Application

    Instructions for how to apply for financial aid at The New School vary for U.S. and international students. Please visit the appropriate page for application information:

    Continuing Students — Renew Your FAFSA Annually

    Continuing students receiving or seeking need-based institutional awards and/or state or federally supported financial assistance for college or graduate school must refile the FAFSA every year before the published deadlines for renewal of their New School awards and/or federal or state funding.

    Exception: International undergraduates receiving institutional financial aid awards in the form of Undergraduate International Scholarships are not required to file for renewal annually.

    Financial aid eligibility for continuing students depends on the students' demonstrating satisfactory academic progress. This is defined in detail in Satisfactory Academic Progress (PDF).

    Merit-based scholarships and grants are usually renewed automatically every year as long a student's academic performance is up to the expected standards.


    Continuing student financial aid award processing begins in April and extends through the summer months. Students should check the status of their financial aid and their student accounts online at my.newschool.edu on a regular basis.

    Other Sources of Financial Assistance for College and Graduate School

    • Graduate Assistantships: Graduate assistants are paid as compensation for teaching, laboratory, or other services to an academic or administrative department. If you are seeking an assistantship, notify your academic department. Note: Students who accept an assistantship are required to provide written notification to Student Financial Services as soon as they receive their appointment.
    • External Sources of Financial Aid: There are many private sources of financial aid for qualified students. Go to Resources for links that will help you research external funding sources. Note: Students are required to provide notification of external financial aid to Student Financial Services.
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