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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

FAFSA

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-Based Loan Repayment Plan (IBR)

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 the IBRB plan.

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 and the complete listing of competitive scholarship opportunities please refer to the 2014-2015 Silver School  scholarship and financial aid guide.   

Deadline for scholarships extended. Please review above 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 90% of our full-time students are funded by some form of scholarship. These scholarships range from $7,000-15,000 and are based primarily on the strength of your application. Students are required to submit the FAFSA form to be eligible for scholarships and all need-based aid. Approximately 100% of our part-time matriculating students receive scholarship. An application is not required for this scholarship; your acceptance letter will state if you are offered a Silver tuition scholarship.

The Silver School of Social Work has a financial aid assistant available to provide students with assistance and information. E-mail silver.financialaid@nyu.edu 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 SSSW 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.

City Year Scholarship Program

The City Year Scholarship 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 Silver School offers a total minimum scholarship of $21,000 for Two-Year and 16-Month Accelerated Students (a minimum of $10,500 per year for each year enrolled in the Master of Social Work program) 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 silver.admissions@nyu.edu for the application fee waiver code.

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 in Academic Year 2013 – 2014 - are invited to apply.

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 scholarships at a minimum of $18,000 (a minimum of $9,000 each year enrolled in the Master of Social Work program); 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 silver.admissions@nyu.edu 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. For full-time Master of Social Work students, the Silver School offers a total minimum 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. This award from the school is separate from the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award which is currently $5,550. Please be sure to answer the national and community service organization question in the financial aid information section of the MSW application. E-mail ssw.admissions@nyu.edu 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.

For the academic year 2014-2015, 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 tuition scholarship. E-mail ssw.admissions@nyu.edu for the application fee waiver code.

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.  For more information please visit: www.prfi.org

Application also available at: LSWTF Scholarship

 

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Other Resources

Below is a short list of websites that may be helpful for students seeking information about financial aid and funding their graduate education at the Silver School of Social Work:

www.nyu.edu/financial.aid
www.fastweb.com
www.finaid.org
www.iefa.org
www.fdncenter.org
www.naswfoundation.org
www.heavypen.com/mach25
www.nysfaaa.org/docs/toc_studentsfamily.html

External Funding

We have compiled a list of organizations that provide monetary support for students pursuing graduate education. Please note that NYU Silver School of Social Work does not have a relationship with or endorse these organizations; rather, we reference them as an option for you to apply for funding.