• Financial Aid & Funding

  • 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. The Office of Financial Aid can answer questions about applying for financial aid, calculating the overall cost of attendance, and billing and payment options.

    It is not necessary to have an admission decision to begin the financial aid process. All new and continuing U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizen students should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). International applicants can apply for need-based financial aid through the International Student Aid Application.

    New School Tuition Scholarships

    All applicants to the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students are eligible to be 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.

    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 three philanthropic organizations, scholarships for the full academic year of fall 2022 and spring 2023 are available. The Schools of Public Engagement Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students is announcing a call for applications for the scholarships.

    The deadline to apply is Sunday, June 12, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. ET.

    Students currently enrolled in the Adult Bachelor’s Program, and those who hope to begin the program in fall 2022, are eligible to apply. 

    Students enrolled at Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Performing Arts are not eligible. To check your school affiliation, log on to MyNewSchool and navigate to your academic profile on the Academics tab. 

    The Joan Howard Kersner Memorial Scholarship in Theater and Performing Arts

    The Kersner Scholarship is dedicated to helping students focused on careers in the performing arts. This award is open to both full-time and part-time students of any age who plan to attend classes on the NYC campus or online.

    Kersner applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Applicants' course load must indicate a strong interest in theater/performing arts. They must be planning a career in theater/performing arts—intending to act, dance, or perform or compose music. Actors, dancers, and musicians who plan to teach performing arts or work as art therapists using drama, dance, and music to treat patients may also apply.
    • Applicants must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
    • Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, in these formats only: PDF, DOC, or DOCX. At least one recommendation must be from a New School faculty member. If an applicant's recommenders give them the letters, they may attach them to their application. Alternatively, recommenders may send the letters to [email protected].
    • Applicants must be enrolled for at least three credits in each semester that the scholarship is awarded, fall 2022 and spring 2023.
    • Applicants must be pursuing a first bachelor’s degree.
    • Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need. This need not be done on the basis of FAFSA; however, a FAFSA must be filed and submitted to the federal government at the time of application. International students must demonstrate financial need through means other than FAFSA.

    The Jacobson/Newcombe Scholarship

    The Jacobson/Newcombe Scholarship is for adult students aged 25 and older who are returning to college to complete their degree after a hiatus from a previous institution. This award is open to both full-time and part-time students who are taking most of their courses on campus.

    Jacobson/Newcombe applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Applicants must have overcome serious financial hardships to continue their education.
    • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 60 credits toward their degree at The New School or a previous institution.
    • Applicants must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.

    The Osher Reentry Scholarship Program>

    The Osher Reentry Scholarship targets high achieving, mature undergraduate students who have returned to finish their degree after a break of five years or more. If you have taken classes at a community college in the last five years, you may still apply. This award is open to both full- and part-time students. Students must take the majority of their courses on the NYC campus.

    Osher applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Have a gap in education of five or more years from a four-year institution (gap can be cumulative and not continuous; community college attendance counts toward the gap period)
    • Have earned a minimum of 30 credits in the liberal arts from an accredited university or college; this may include courses taken at The New School
    • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Anticipate U.S. workforce participation for a significant period of time after graduation

    Funds awarded from these scholarships will be applied only toward tuition expenses. The award does not cover costs of books, child care, transportation, etc. A committee of faculty and administrators in consultation with the Office of Financial Aid will review applications.

    You must have filed a federal student aid form (FAFSA) by the time you apply to be considered for an award. Students who file income taxes in the United States should have a recent FAFSA on file that reflects the most recent tax year's income. International students are exempt from the FAFSA requirement. If you are awarded a scholarship, a thank-you letter to the foundation is mandatory.

    Eligible students who applied before and those who previously received one of these scholarships may apply again. Selections will be announced by mid-July. Include a phone number and e-mail address where we can reach you during the summer.  

    Read all the application instructions below so you do not miss essential information. We cannot accept applications that do not follow the guidelines. Questions? Email us at [email protected].The deadline to apply is Sunday, June 12, 2022 by midnight U.S. Eastern time.

    How to Apply

    • Complete the application and submit the required essays. 
    • Each essay must be two pages, in double-spaced 12-point Times New Roman font, and no more than 500 words. Each essay must explain how your experience is relevant to the scholarship’s criteria, what you have accomplished in your academic and/or professional life through leadership and perseverance, and your personal and professional goals upon completing your bachelor’s degree. Upload your two-page double-spaced essay/s in the boxes at the bottom of the form.
    • If you are applying for more than one scholarship, submit a separate essay for each one, but put all of your essays on the same form.
    • Kersner applicants must also submit two letters of recommendation. Each page of your essay must have your name, address, and telephone number in the upper lefthand corner. Include your New School student ID, if you have one. 

    Military and Veteran Benefits

    The New School has a long history of welcoming veterans to its various courses and degree programs, recognizing the unique life experience and exceptional potential only those who have served can claim. Contact Student Veteran Services for help with accessing your VA benefits.

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