Flexible Semester FAQ

During the 2020-2021 Academic Year, NYU will offer significant additional flexibility for students to spread classes over two or three semesters - Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and a Summer 2021 term - without additional tuition costs.  See the FAQ below and keep an eye on your NYU Email for real-time updates on options as we approach the start of the semester

There are three options for the Flexible Semester:

Option 1: Lighter Fall Semester


If you take a lighter full-time course load (12-14 credits) in Fall 2020 and a normal load (15-18 credits) in Spring 2021, you will be eligible for a 4-credit tuition grant that you can use to take courses in January 2021 or Summer 2021.

Lighter Fall + Normal Spring + Summer  

Fall 2020

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

12-14 credits        

15-18 credits    

Up to 4 credits (with a

Flexible Credit Grant

covering up to 4 credits)

Lighter Fall + January + Normal Spring  


Fall 2020

January 2021

Spring 2021

12-14 credits  

Up to 4 credits (with a

Flexible Credit Grant

covering up to 4 credits)

15-18 credits          

Option 2: Lighter Spring Semester

If you take a normal course load (15-18 credits) in Fall 2020 and a lighter full-time course load (12-14 credits) in Spring 2021, you will be eligible for a 4-credit tuition grant that you can use to take courses in Summer 2021. (Students who use this option are not eligible for a January 2021 Flexible Credit Grant.).  




Normal Fall + Lighter Spring + Summer  

Fall 2020

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

15-18 credits   

12-14 credits

Up to 4 credits (with a

Flexible Credit Grant

covering up to 4 credits)

Option 3: Lighter Fall and Spring

If you take 12-14 credits in both Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, you will be eligible for an 8-credit Flexible Credit Grant that you can use to take courses in Summer 2021 (up to 8 credits). Alternatively, you can spread the 8-credit grant across January 2021 (up to 4 credits) and Summer 2021 (up to 4 credits).  

Lighter Fall + Lighter Spring + Summer

Fall 2020

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

12-14 credits     

12-14 credits

Up to 8 credits (with a

Flexible Credit Grant

covering up to 8 credits)

Lighter Fall + January + Lighter Spring + Summer

Fall 2020

January 2021

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

12-14 credits

Up to 4 credits

(with a Flexible Credit

Grant covering up to 8

credits)

12-14 credits

Up to 4 credits

(with a Flexible Credit

Grant covering up to 8

credits)

 

Tuition, Housing, Financial Aid and Credits:

What will be the tuition bill for each semester, including January and Summer terms?

Students who study full-time in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 will be charged the flat rate for full-time study (12-18 credits). In January 2021 or Summer 2021, students will receive a charge for however many credits they are enrolled in but will receive a flexible credit grant for either 4 or 8 credits, depending on which option they choose.