Graduate Film
Financial Aid

The Graduate Film Program offers various types of scholarship aid.

Scholarships & Fellowships

A limited number of partial-tuition fellowships and scholarships are available. Awards are made on the basis of financial need, artistic excellence and professional promise.

Fellowships and tuition scholarships are funds applied toward tuition only. Students receiving fellowships and scholarships in their first year are given the same amount in their second and third year of study, with the possibility of increased aid in the third year.

There is no separate application for NYU Grad Film scholarships. Students who indicate their desire to be considered for scholarship on their admission application will automatically be considered for academic merit-based and financial need-based scholarships. 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 financial aid is limited and cannot be guaranteed, most students who are in serious need of financial assistance receive some discount on tuition. Please note that the University does not provide stipends for living expenses.

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

Students are encouraged to look for any outside source of aid as well.

Additional information on scholarships and grants can be found at NYU's Scholarships and Grants

Work-Based Aid

Technical Assistants: Students can work as in-class Technical Assistants (TAs) for up to 10 hours per week for an hourly wage in years 1-3.

Graduate Assistants: In the third year, six Graduate Assistant positions (GAs) are awarded in the technical areas of editing, camera, and sound. Students who hold GA positions receive a higher hourly wage than TAs and are required to work 20 hours per week. GA positions are not linked to fellowships or scholarships in any way and do not qualify students for tuition remission or any waiver of fees. Professional skills, recommendations, maturity, and the ability to work collaboratively are some of the factors that are most highly considered in awarding these positions.

The Wasserman Center for Career Development is your resource for on-campus employment for those with federal work study grants. There are also non-work study positions available.

NYU CareerNet (, the Wasserman Center's online job and internship database, is a great resource for searching for student employment. While NYU CareerNet lists many available positions. It is not the only way to find and secure employment. We encourage all students interested in working on-campus to call, email, or visit NYU employers of interest to see if they have any openings available.

International Students

The Graduate Film program values the diversity that international students bring to the program and will consider international students for Tisch-based scholarships and financial aid in the same way they do for U.S. applicants if you are selected for admission.

Please note that Non-U.S. citizens do not qualify for federal grants and loans, and thereby cannot file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from the U.S. Government. Subsequently, international students have less opportunity for financial assistance from the University. 

First year international student can get a US student loan (up to the cost of attendance) with a credit-worthy U.S. endorser (co-signer). Information on such loans can be found at

If financial aid is an important aspect of your application, don’t overlook funding opportunities from your home country, and from foundations that are internationally based, along with all possible personal, family and local resources.

For additional information please contact: John Alexander Brown in Financial Aid.