• Financial Aid & Funding

  • A variety of forms of financial assistance, including institutional tuition scholarships and need based financial aid, are available for applicants to the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students, including international students. 

    New School Tuition Scholarships

    All new students admitted to the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students for the 2023–2024 academic year are eligible for an adult completion scholarship and will not have to pay the full cost of tuition. No additional application components are required for this university scholarship.

    This adult completion scholarship is available to students pursuing full-time and part-time study (enrollment in at least 6 credits per semester), on campus or online. Scholarships are renewable each year of enrollment, provided that satisfactory academic performance is maintained.

    Need-Based Financial Aid

    The Office of Financial Aid can answer questions about applying for need-based financial aid, calculating the overall cost of attendance, and billing and payment options.
    Students may apply for need-based financial aid before they receive an admission decision. Need-based financial aid will be evaluated and awarded if the student is admitted. It is not necessary to have received an admission decision in order 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).

    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 (PTK) are recognized for academic achievement. PTK students who are offered admission will automatically be awarded the PTK scholarship, in addition to any other scholarships they are eligible for.

    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, the Schools of Public Engagement Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students is announcing a call for scholarship applications for the full fall 2023 and spring 2024 academic year.

    The deadline to apply is Sunday, June 4, 2023, 12:00 am ET.

    Current Adult Bachelor’s Program students as well as those who plan to begin the program in fall 2023 are eligible to apply. 

    Parsons, Eugene Lang College, and College of Performing Arts students are not eligible for these scholarships. To check your school affiliation, log in to MyNewSchool, click on the "Academics" tab, and locate your "Academic Profile."

    If you are thinking of applying to the Adult Bachelor's program, email Admission at [email protected] with questions about the application process. Review specific requirements for each scholarship:

    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:

    • Choose courses that indicate a strong interest in theater or performing arts. You must be planning a career in theater or performing arts—intending to act, dance, 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.
    • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
    • 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 your recommenders give you the letters, you may attach them to your application, or your recommenders   emailcan them to [email protected]
    • Be enrolled for at least three credits in each of the semesters for which the scholarship is awarded, fall 2023 and spring 2024.
    • Be pursuing a first bachelor’s degree.
    • Be able to demonstrate financial need, not necessarily on the basis of FAFSA; however, a FAFSA must be filed and submitted to the federal government at the time of your application. International students must demonstrate financial need through means other than FAFSA.

    The Jacobson/Newcombe Scholarship

    The Jacobson/Newcombe Scholarship is for 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:

    • Have overcome serious financial hardships to continue their education
    • Have completed a minimum of 60 credits toward their degree at The New School or a previous institution
    • 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-time and part-time students. Students must take most of their courses on the NYC campus. Osher applicants must meet the following criteria: 

    • 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, including 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, childcare, transportation, etc. A committee of faculty and administrators in consultation with the office of Student Financial Services will review applications.

    You must have filed the 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 their 2022 income. If you haven't already, file your FAFSA today. If awarded a scholarship, a thank-you letter to the foundation is mandatory. International students are exempt from the FAFSA requirement.

    Eligible students who applied before and those who previously received one of these scholarships may apply again. Selections will be announced by Friday July 7, 2023. You must include a phone number and email address where we can reach you during the summer.

    Read all the application instructions below, so that you do not miss essential information. We cannot accept applications that do not follow the guidelines. Questions? Email us at [email protected] by noon on Friday, June 2.   

    If you are a prospective Adult Bachelor's program student interested in these scholarships, you must apply for admission (including all supplemental application materials) by June 1, 2023.

    How to Apply
    Complete the scholarship application form and upload the required essays.

    • Each essay must be two pages, double-spaced, in 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 what personal and professional goals you plan to pursue upon completing your bachelor’s degree.
    • Upload your two-page double-spaced essay or essays 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 left corner. Include your New School student ID if you have one. Here is how the header on both pages of your essay should look: 
    • Your first and last name—N0001234
    • [email protected]
    • Phone: 347-123-1234
    • Osher Scholarship Essay
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    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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