Scholarships & Financial Aid

Active student recruitment is coupled with financial aid packages that provide assistance to many students who would not otherwise be able to pursue a professional education at NYU Silver School of Social Work. General scholarships assist students with limited financial resources. Special scholarships acknowledge the value of training professionals who can serve clients from traditionally under-served populations.

Financial Aid


To be considered for financial aid and/or named scholarship awards, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for each academic year they study at NYU Silver. Read instructions for filling out the FAFSA. If students need assistance filling out the FAFSA they should call 1-800-433-3243 for live support. Financial aid counselors are also available to assist students completing the FAFSA in the NYU’s Office of Financial Aid. While there is no deadline for the FAFSA, it is recommended that students fill the forms out as quickly as possible to determine their financial aid status.

The NYU school code is 002785.

For more information about federal financial aid, please visit the website of the Office of Financial Aid.

Many international students inquire about obtaining financial aid to assist with the expenses of an MSW degree at NYU. There is very little financial aid available to international students; however, NYU Silver does offer scholarship to international students. Please review the resources that may assist you in finding funding for your MSW at NYU.

Refunds Resulting From Student Aid

If you are receiving aid in excess of what you are charged by the University, you may be eligible to receive a refund. To inquire if you qualify for a refund or when you may expect one, please contact the Office of the Bursar or access the refund guide.

Work Study

Another good resource for alternative funding is working on campus. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) typically provides funding for these jobs, which allow students to earn extra income working on campus around their academic schedules. These jobs are typically less time consuming than most full-time jobs and may alleviate miscellaneous educational expenses like books and transportation. Job postings are posted on the Wasserman Center for Career Development’s website.

Loan Forgiveness Programs

Working in the public service sector (such as social work) may allow you to cancel some of your loan debt. You can read more about this on the US Department of Education website. Other organizations such as NASW and NYS Higher Education Services Corporation offer loan forgiveness for social workers.

Income-Driven Loan Repayment Plans

An income-driven repayment plan sets your monthly student loan payment at an amount that is intended to be affordable based on your income and family size.

Income-Based Repayment (IBR) caps your required monthly federal student loan payments at an amount intended to be affordable based on your income and family size. Under the IBR requirements, you might be eligible for the 10-year Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Read more about Income-Driven plans.

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NYU Silver Scholarships

The School allocates a large portion of its budget to scholarship assistance; more than 90 percent of eligible students receive such assistance. This commitment of funds permits a wide range of students to pursue professional training at the Silver School, and it creates a student body with a mix of backgrounds that enriches the learning environment and personal experiences of all. Many scholarships are available to all full-time students and to part-time students during the full-time phase of their program. Scholarship awards are based on one or more of the following: evaluation of financial need, scholastic achievement, and service to the community. Additional scholarships are available to specific groups of students. NYU acts on its commitment to the educational enterprise and profession by awarding an exceptionally large number of scholarships to its students.

Named Scholarships and Awards

NYU Silver, in conjunction with a network of alumni and organizations close to the university, has created various opportunities to help fund our MSW students. Financial awards have been set aside, on a competitive basis in an attempt to enrich the increasingly diverse educational atmosphere at the Silver School of Social Work.

For more information on these awards, the complete listing of competitive scholarship opportunities, and application instructions, please refer to the:

2018-2019 Silver School Scholarship and Financial Aid Guide


NYU Silver Tuition Scholarship

The Silver School of Social Work is committed to providing financial assistance in the form of scholarships to our most competitive applicants. Automatic consideration is given to all accepted students for our merit-based Silver School Scholarships provided that you click ‘yes’ to the scholarship question in the application. The Silver School has funding set aside for applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups in the field of social work.

Approximately 95% of our full-time program students are funded by some form of scholarship. These scholarships range from $7,000-15,000 per academic year and are based primarily on the strength of your application.

Approximately 100% of our part-time program matriculating students receive scholarship and these range from $2,000-6,000 per year for a maximum of three years. An application is not required for this scholarship; you will be notified if you have been offered an NYU Silver Tuition Scholarship about 24 hours after you are sent acceptance letter

The Silver School of Social Work has a financial aid assistant available to provide students with assistance and information. E-mail with questions.

Discounted Tuition Reimbursement

A scholarship discount award for students enrolled in the Extended, Extended-OYR, Non-Matriculate and 32 Month programs who work full-time at agencies that host Silver School students for field learning. Tuition discount (excluding fees) for professional foundation courses. In addition, OYR students receive a discount for one elective taken during the first year, and Extended students receive a discount for Field Instruction I and II. The maximum discount is $5,000 per academic year. Selected students must maintain enrollment and progress academically toward degree.

Guidelines for Discounted Tuition Reimbursement

Application for Discounted Tuition Reimbursement

NYU Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship

This Program offers a 50% tuition scholarship and participation in leadership development programming to two Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs). Students must be enrolled full-time in the Two-Year or Advanced Standing MSW programs and this includes enrollment in field instruction. Applicants must include a “Description of Service” with their MSW application. Please be sure to answer the national and community service organization question in the financial aid information section of the MSW application. E-mail for the application fee waiver code.  For more detailed information please review the NYU Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship Program website.

City Year National Service Scholars Program

The Silver School of Social Work is a proud member of City Year's University Partnerships program. The City Year National Service Scholars program is designed for City Year corps members or alumni who have successfully completed at least one year of service and to City Year staff members employed for at least two years. For full-time Master in Social Work students, the school offers a guaranteed total minimum NYU Silver Tuition scholarship of $10,500 per year for each year enrolled in the Master of Social Work program for Two-Year and 16-Month Accelerated Students (a minimum of $21,000 total) along with an application fee waiver. Please be sure to answer the national and community service organization question in the financial aid information section of the MSW application. E-mail for the application fee waiver code.

Teach for America

The Teach for America Scholarship is designed for Teach for America corps members or alumni who have successfully completed two years of service. For full-time Master of Social work students, the Silver School offers a total of five NYU Silver Tuition scholarships at a minimum of $9,000 each year enrolled in the Master of Social Work program (a minimum total of $18,000); an application fee waiver; and two-year deferral for admitted MSW students who choose to participate in Teach for America. Please be sure to answer the national and community service organization question in the financial aid information section of the MSW application. E-mail for the application fee waiver code.

Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is for AmeriCorps members who have successfully completed a term of service. The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is paid directly from AmeriCorps and is currently $5,550.

Separately, for full-time Master of Social Work students, the Silver School offers a guaranteed total minimum NYU Silver Tuition scholarship of $9,000 per year for a maximum of 2 years for Two-Year and 16 Month Accelerated Students; we may offer more scholarship depending upon the strength of the application. Please be sure to answer the national and community service organization question in the financial aid information section of the MSW application. E-mail for the application fee waiver code.

Yellow Ribbon Program

NYU participates in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, a provision of the post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Yellow Ribbon is a scholarship designed to help students supplement their Post 9/11 GI Bill tuition benefits. NYU’s program covers both full and part-time students. Students at NYU Silver may be awarded scholarship in addition to their tuition benefits.

The Silver School is proud to offer our veterans an award up to  $7,500 from the Yellow Ribbon program and up to a matching $7,500 from the VA if eligible. A student receiving Yellow Ribbon funds is still eligible for a separate NYU Silver Tuition Scholarship. E-mail for the application fee waiver code.

Schultz Veteran Fellowship

This award is for Veterans, military family members, and students who are interested in working with veterans who otherwise would not be able to pursue an NYU social work education. This Fellowship aims to support an underserved population of Veterans and their families by developing a strong cadre of social workers with exceptional military cultural competency. Each Fellow will be provided with a scholarship/stipend, professional development, field placements within NYC Serves or other Veteran-oriented organizations, and mentorship to support pursuing a career working with Veterans.

For more information please review the website at: Schultz Veteran Fellowship

Outside Scholarships

Below you will find a small sample of notable scholarships and organizations that have offered awards to NYU Silver MSW students.

Dalai Lama Fellowship

New York University is one of ten universities to offer the Dalai Lama Fellowship, a global program authorized by the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. One fellow will be chosen from each university to receive up to $10,000 toward a year-long project of his or her design in one of four focus areas: 1) working across differences; 2) diminishing violence; 3) alleviating poverty; 4) protecting the environment. All undergraduate, graduate and professional students - who will be enrolled full-time at NYU - are invited to apply: Dalai Lama Fellows

Latino Social Work Task Force Scholarship Program

This Program provides scholarships to Latino men and women with significant financial need residing in the New York metropolitan area that has been accepted to NYU Silver School of Social Work.  Applicants must be bilingual and bicultural in Spanish, and demonstrate commitment to working with the Latino community upon completion of graduate studies

Application also available at: LSWTF Scholarship

Minority Fellowship Program-Youth for Master’s Students

MFP-Youth (NITT MFP-Y) program is designed to enhance the training of full-time, master’s-level, direct practice-focused social work students in their final year of study at a CSWE - accredited institution. Applicants must identify mental health service delivery to at-risk children, adolescents, and transition-age youths as the focus of their specialization and be committed to seeking employment with this target population after graduation.

For more information and applications please visit the CSWE website at: MFP-Y – Master’s students

Giva Student Scholarship

Giva's Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award is for anyone attending a college or university worldwide. This scholarship grant is aimed at assisting undergraduate or graduate students further their education as well as expand their social responsibility and community service footprint in the world. Please see website for deadlines and further details: Giva Student Scholarship