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Scholarships & Financial Aid

The Department of Design for Stage and Film offers various types of financial aid.

A limited number of full-tuition fellowships and partial-tuition scholarships are available. Awards are made on the basis of artistic excellence, demonstrated ability, professional promise, and financial need. Fellowships and tuition scholarships are funds applied toward the cost of tuition. There is sometimes the possibility of an increase in aid for the second and/or third year of study.

We also offer Production Associate (PA) positions. PA positions are available in all areas of production - carpentry, electrics, painting, props, costume construction and graphic design. Professional skills, recommendations, maturity, and the ability to work collaboratively are some of the factors that are most highly considered. PA positions are federally funded so in most cases you must qualify for college work-study to be awarded a position. Students who hold PA positions receive an hourly wage and are required to work 20 hours per week. PA positions are not linked to fellowships or scholarships in any way and do not qualify students for tuition remission, free or reduced health insurance or any waiver of fees.

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). Students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens and who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

While our funding is limited and we cannot guarantee aid, we recognize that most design students are in serious need of financial assistance, and we do our very best to provide some amount of financial support to each student who has indicated need. You are encouraged to look for any outside source of aid as well.

Admissions decisions are not based upon your indication of financial need.

Note for international students: Fellowships and scholarships (and very rarely a PA position) may be awarded to international students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film. You must indicate that you require financial assistance at the time of your
portfolio interview.

For additional information please contact us.