• Support Resources

  • Financial Assistance


    Student Financial Services
    72 Fifth Avenue, 2nd floor
    Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

    Student Financial Services can help you manage your education costs. They welcome student and family inquiries about:

    • Financial aid eligibility and financing options
    • Tuition and fees
    • Cost of living in New York City
    • Managing your personal finances
    • Individual billing and payment issues

    Carol and Milton Petrie Foundation Emergency Fund

    The Carol and Milton Petrie Foundation Emergency Fund is available to assist qualifying students who are experiencing an acute short-term financial emergency. Examples of emergency situations and emergency expenses that may qualify for assistance from the fund include:

    • Temporary loss of employment
    • Fire in student living quarters
    • Theft of computer, books, clothes, or other essentials
    • Uninsured accidents, surgery, eyeglasses, or essential dental work
    • Travel for death/illness of immediate family member
    • Homelessness
    • Loss of child care

    It is important to know that there are restrictions on how the funds can be distributed:

    • Students must be enrolled for the current term
    • Students must be in good academic standing
    • Students must be experiencing an acute emergency
    • Students may not obtain funds for tuition payments
    • Students may not have a financial hold on their accounts
    Emergency Food, Pharmacy, and Transportation Cards

    Student Health Services and Student Support and Crisis Management offer temporary emergency support cards for students who have an immediate and urgent need. An immediate and urgent need is defined as the following: no access to food, no access to money, no Metrocard to attend class, no money to buy a needed prescription, or resources for food and transportation will expire in less than two days.

    Students who do not have an immediate and urgent need (e.g., who can wait at least 48 hours) and who are Petrie Fund eligible should avail themselves of that fund first. It is expected that the student will work with Student Support staff or outside resources to take steps toward long-term stability.


    Access NYC Benefits Finder
    ACCESS NYC is a free service that helps you find out if you may qualify for over 30 city, state, and federal benefit programs such as Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or help with utility bills. You can use this service anonymously or you can create an account.

    Temporary Assistance and Safety Net (funded by the State of New York)
    The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Services offers temporary help for needy men, women, and children. If you are unable to work, you can't find a job, or your job does not pay enough, TA may be able to help you pay for your expenses.

    Office of Victim Services

    The New York State Office of Victim Services provides compensation to innocent victims of crime for their out-of-pocket losses associated with crime. The website also provides information about local crime victim resources and services.

    Health Services and Resources


    Student Health Services

    Free condoms, dental dams, lube, Naloxone (Opioid Overdose Prevention), and personal use sharps containers are available at Student Health Services.

    Student Health Services also offers wellness and health promotion events and services including creative arts therapy, acupuncture, nutrition counseling, harm reduction groups, time management consultations, sex education workshops, Safe Zone and microaggression workshops, biofeedback, meditation, and weekly tabling with teas and essential oils.

    To obtain flyers and confirm services, groups, and/or programs, email wellness@newschool.edu or call 212.229.1671 and select option 4.

    Athletics and Recreation

    Free fitness and dance classes are offered through Athletics and Recreation. For more information on upcoming events, visit the Narwhal Nation website.


    HITE: Health Information Tool for Empowerment

    The HITE site is an online directory offering information on more than 5,000 health and social services available to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals in the New York City area. Services include dental and optical services, financial assistance, health care and medicine, immigrant support, mental health, substance abuse recovery, youth and family services, social services, transportation, and wellness and prevention.

    Food Assistance


    New School Food Pantry
    6 East 16th Street, 12th floor café
    212.229.5900 x3710

    Are you struggling with food insecurity? Are you missing or skipping meals? The Food Pantry distributes free food to students who are experiencing food insecurity and need emergency support. View the Food Pantry FAQ for more information and to find the food distribution schedule. 


      Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens

      It is recommended that you visit the sites below to get the most up-to-date food distribution schedules. For information about emergency food program locations and hours of operation, call the Emergency Food Line at 866.888.8777. This is an automated hotline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The New York City Human Resources Administration also has an online, interactive map of food pantry locations throughout the city.

      Food Bank for New York City

      The Food Bank for New York City website has a list of food pantries and soup kitchens by location and borough.

      Hetrick Martin Institute for LGBTQ youth ages 13–24
      2 Astor Place at Broadway

      Middle Collegiate Church Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen
      50 East 7th Street at 2nd Avenue

      The Village Temple Soup Kitchen
      33 East 12th Street at University Place

      GMHC Meals Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry
      446 West 33rd Street

      Food Stamps/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

      The Food Bank for New York City conducts pre-screenings to assess eligibility and enroll in food stamps/SNAP. The Food Bank offers access to trained professionals who provide detailed information and answer questions.

      Their food stamp information call center is available Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., at 212.894.8060. You can also check for eligibility and/or apply for food stamps/SNAP yourself online.

      Housing Assistance

      Emergency Housing (Shelters)

      Drop-in Centers

      The NYC Department of Homeless Services operates five drop-in centers throughout the city that are generally geared toward the chronically street homeless or other hard-to-reach homeless populations. Drop-in centers provide hot meals, showers, laundry facilities, clothing, medical care, recreational space, employment referrals, and other social services. Staff can also help clients find a safe and secure place to sleep.

      The Living Room
      800 Baretto Street, Bronx
      Open 24 hours

      Mainchance Drop-in Center
      120 East 32nd Street, Manhattan
      Open 24 hours

      Daytime Drop-in Centers

      The following three drop-in centers operate from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., although they still provide referrals to overnight beds.

      Olivieri Center
      257 West 30th Street

      The Gathering Place
      2402 Atlantic Avenue

      Staten Island
      Project Hospitality
      25 Central Avenue

      Youth Drop-in Centers/Shelters

      Covenant House
      460 West 41st Street
      212.613.0300 x5212
      Serves youth up to age 20.

      Sylvia's Place (MCCNY Charities, Inc.)
      446 West 36th Street
      Serves LGBTQI ages 18–24.

      Ali Forney Center
      321 West 125th Street
      Serves LGBTQ ages 16–24.

      Safe Horizon Streetworks Project
      Anonymous Teen and Youth Homelessness Hotline: 800.708.6600

      Harlem Homeless Drop-in Center
      209 West 125th Street
      Serves youth up to age 24.

      Lower East Side Homeless Drop-in Center
      33 Essex Street
      Serves youth up to age 24.

      Temporary Lower-Cost Housing Accommodations

      Call or look through each website to find out prices, how long you can stay, and if there are meals or other services offered.

      Manhattan Budget Hotels and Hostels

      American Dream 24 Hostel
      168 East 24th Street

      Chelsea International Hostel
      251 West 20th Street

      Goddard Riverside Community Center, Capitol Hall
      593 Columbus Avenue

      Hostelling International New York
      891 Amsterdam Avenue

      Jazz on the Park Hostel
      36 West 106th Street

      Morningside Inn
      235 West 107th Street

      Penington Friends House (Quaker Affiliation)
      215 East 15th Street

      Performing Arts Short-Term Housing, LLC 223
      West 70th Street

      Riverside Tower Hotel
      80 Riverside Drive
      212.877.5200 or 800.724.3136

      Seafarers and International House
      123 East 15th Street

      Hostel Websites

      Hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable lodging where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available.

      Temporary Residences

      Centro Maria
      539 West 54th Street
      Serves women only.

      El Carmelo Residence
      249 West 14th Street
      Serves women only ages 18-30.

      Markle Evangeline Residence Operated by Salvation Army
      123 West 13th Street
      Serves women only ages 18-55.

      Sacred Heart Residence
      432 West 20th Street
      Serves women only ages 18-30.

      St. Mary's Residence
      225 East 72nd Street
      Serves women only.

      Webster Apartments
      419 West 34th Street
      Serves women only.

      Kolping House
      165 East 88th Street
      Serves men only.

      YMCA, YWCA and YMHA Residences

      De Hirsch Residence
      92nd Street YMHA
      1395 Lexington Avenue
      212.415.5650 or 800.858.4692

      Greenpoint YMCA
      99 Meserole Avenue, Brooklyn

      Claude McKay Residence Guest Rooms
      Harlem YMCA
      180 West 135th Street

      Vanderbilt YMCA
      224 East 47th Street

      West Side YMCA
      5 West 63rd Street

      Flushing YMCA
      138-46 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, Queens
      718.961.6880 x6533

      Rental Housing for Students

      Educational Housing Services

      Sara's NY Homestay

      Free Housing Advocacy and Legal Resources

      Housing Conservation Coordinators, Inc.

      Metropolitan Council on Housing, Tenants' Rights Telephone Hotline
      Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 1:30–8:00 p.m.

      Cooper Square Committee
      Includes resources for tenants with disabilties.

      Additional Housing Resources

      Coalition for the Homeless

      Hearts and Minds: Housing Information
      Information about temporary and long-term housing, low-income housing, and help with landlord problems.

      Other Resources


      New School Class Confessions Facebook Community
      The New School Class Confessions Facebook page is available for students to anonymously share their experiences regarding navigating The New School from their particular economic background.

      The Green Room at Parsons
      An assortment of free supplies and recycled materials dropped off by students are available at 66 Fifth Avenue, 4th floor.

      New School students have free access to the online learning service lynda.com, where you can learn to use software, technology, and more. Use your New School login to create a premium account.

      Student Discounts with New School ID
      For a list of student discounts you can obtain with your valid New School ID, visit the Student Discounts page.


      Health Insurance and Tax Preparation Assistance

      The Food Bank for New York City
      Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

      The Food Bank offers help accessing health insurance and offers free help with tax preparation.

      Websites Offering Free Stuff
      • Craigslist
        A public advertisement website. Look for the "free stuff" section.
      • Freecycle
        An innovative project that uses e-mail to connect people with items they want to throw away with others who can use those things. Every item posted must be free.
      • Bookzz
        Access free PDFs of scholarly/scientific articles.
      • The Skint
        A website and email newsletter that will often note not only free and cheap events but free and seriously discounted food events.
      Smartphone Apps Offering Local Discounts

      Download these apps for local discounts and deals.

      • PayPal
      • Amazon Local
      • Claim It
      • Fever
      • Groupon
      • Living Social
      • Scoutmob
      • Time Out
      • Today Tix
      • Free in NYC
      • Campus Clipper
      Budget Cookbook

      Eat Well on $4 a day: Good and Cheap Cookbook (PDF) by Leanne Brown