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Financial Aid


We ask that all applicants to the Graduate Acting Program do a realistic assessment of their financial situation and consider how they will budget their resources wisely so that their cost of training isn’t a burden to their career. We want our graduates to fulfill their dreams rather than have them deferred because of unmanageable debt.

It is essential that you (or you, in consultation with your family) have a clear financial picture of what lies ahead. We can and will supply as much information as we can, but, ultimately the decision about applying (and the consequences of admission to a three-year program) is a personal one. Please don’t portray your finances inaccurately if you think it will help you gain admission. We look for talent, above all, so your chances are not necessarily improved by giving us (or yourself) a financial prognosis you cannot sustain.

The following links provide information about borrowing, budgeting and paying back loans:

For the general guidelines and information about Tisch School of the Arts financial aid and scholarships, go to: Tisch School of the Arts Financial Aid Page.

For the cost of tuition and fees, which do not include living expenses, go to: Tisch School of the Arts Costs.

For instructions on the Financial Aid process, see: How to Be Considered for Financial Aid.

For valuable advice on Federal loans and managing your debt, go to the government handbook by clicking on: Advice on Federal Loans and Debt.



The Tisch School of the Arts offers a limited number of tuition scholarships. Tuition scholarships are funds applied toward the cost of tuition. There is no separate application for them, and all students are automatically considered after you apply for admission and indicate your interest in financial aid 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 Graduate Acting Program and by the NYU Office of Financial Aid.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Tisch Application for Graduate Admission 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 and the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)

Need-based federal financial assistance in the form of loans and student employment is available to qualified students through the federal government. It 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 this federal and/or state aid, you 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). After submitting your Tisch application, we strongly encourage you to go online and complete your FAFSA on the Web at: FAFSA Online.

The FAFSA application is available beginning January 1 and should be submitted by February 15. Make sure that you give permission on the FAFSA form for your data to be forwarded to New York University: federal school code number 002785.

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) from the U.S. Department of Education. (If you do not receive your SAR, call 800-4-FED-AID or 800-433-3243.) Review it for accuracy and 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.

Please mail or e-mail a copy of your SAR to:

John Brown
Office of Graduate Admissions
Tisch School of the Arts
New York University
726 Broadway, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003

Special Financial Circumstances

Applicants can provide to the Office of Graduate Admissions 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 International Applicants

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 at Tisch Financial Aid for International Students.