Financial Aid


ITP offers a limited number of tuition scholarships to incoming students. There is no separate application for NYU scholarships. All students are automatically considered for academic merit-based and financial need-based scholarships after applying for admission and financial aid (applicants planning to file should so indicate on the admission application).

Awards are made on the basis of academic excellence, demonstrated ability, professional promise, and financial need. Evaluations are made by the department you are applying to and by the NYU Office of Financial Aid. Tuition scholarships are funds applied toward the cost of tuition.

The Tisch Application for Graduate Admission and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) contain all the information needed for scholarship determination. Please keep in mind that requesting financial aid will have no effect on the admission decision.

Federal Aid

Need-based financial assistance in the form of loans and student employment is available to qualified students through the federal government. Federal assistance is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. Graduate students may qualify for the Federal Subsidized Stafford Student Loan or the Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Student Loan programs. Students may also qualify for student employment through the Federal Work-Study Program. To be considered for federal aid, students must file the FAFSA.


Tisch School of the Arts encourages all U.S. citizens and permanent residents to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for all forms of federal and state aid, including the Federal Work-Study Program and the various federal and private loan programs. The FAFSA is the basic form for most student aid programs; be sure to complete all required sections and submit it to the central processor as instructed (do not send it to New York University; your data will be transmitted to us electronically).

Students are strongly encouraged to apply online using FAFSA on the Web,, the fastest and most accurate method, which eliminates the additional processing time and potential errors associated with a traditional paper FAFSA. The process is quicker and better for the student and for NYU. The current FAFSA is available beginning January 1.

The FAFSA should be filed by February 15. If you miss the deadline you may still apply, but your eligibility may be affected. Students should be sure to give permission on the FAFSA for their data to be forwarded to New York University: our federal school code number is 002785. If you have not filed your tax returns by February 15, you can use estimated information on the FAFSA, but you must later correct this data on your Student Aid Report.

Student Aid Report (SAR)

When your online FAFSA application information has been processed (approximately 1-2 weeks), you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) by either standard mail or e-mail from the U.S. Department of Education confirming your application information. (If you do not receive your SAR, call 800-4-FED-AID or 800-433-3243.) Review it for accuracy, be sure that all required sections are complete, and verify that New York University’s federal school number 002785 is listed. Follow the SAR instructions to make changes or corrections if necessary. You may also view your SAR record on the FAFSA Web site ( and make changes there (see the “FAFSA Follow-up” area). Once the federal processor receives the corrections, you will be mailed a final SAR.

After all required signatures and your application or correction form are received and processed, you can access your application information by selecting “View and Print Your Student Aid Report” in the “FAFSA Follow-up” area. Mail or e-mail a printed copy to:

John Brown
Office of Graduate Admissions
Tisch School of the Arts
New York University
721 Broadway, 8th Floor, Room 801
New York, NY 10003-6807

Note: Do not send a printed copy to the NYU Office of Financial Aid (data will be transmitted to the office electronically).

Special Financial Circumstances

Applicants can provide any special financial circumstances they feel would be grounds to be considered for more or less aid. Please provide a separate statement of any details you consider would be useful to us in determining your eligibility for scholarship funding.

Special Note For Non-U.S. Citizens

Tuition scholarships for international students (F-1 and J-1 visas) are extremely limited in number. In general, international applicants are urged to seek aid from outside sources and the government of their home country.

More detailed information on financial aid for international students can be found online at