Scholarships & Financial Aid
Financial aid packages are available to assist many students who would not otherwise be able to pursue a professional education at NYU Silver.
To be considered for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for each academic year they study at NYU Silver. Instructions are available on the FAFSA website. If students need assistance filling out the FAFSA, they should call the Federal Student Aid Center at 1-800-433-3243 for live support. Counselors in the NYU Office of Financial Aid are also available to assist students completing the FAFSA. 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 for the FAFSA is 002785.
For more information about federal financial aid, please visit the NYU Office of Financial Aid.
Many international students inquire about obtaining financial aid to assist with the expenses of a DSW degree at NYU. There is very little financial aid available to international students.
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.
Another good resource for alternative funding is working on campus. The 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. Jobs are posted on the Wasserman Center for Career Development’s website.
Working in the public service sector (such as social work) may allow you to cancel some of your loan debt. Learn more about Public Service Loan Forgiveness and the qualifications 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 Repayment (IBR) Plan 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 ten-year Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Read more about the IBR Plan.
We have compiled a list of organizations that provide monetary support for students pursuing graduate education. Please note that the Silver School does not have a relationship with or endorse these organizations; rather, we reference them as an option for you to apply for funding.
Agnes Jones Jackson Graduate Fellowship
4805 Mt. Hope Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215
Provides $2,000 stipends to members of the NAACP who are US citizens under the age of 25.
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing College Scholarship Program
3417 Volta Place, NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-5220, TTY (202) 337-5221
Several scholarships are available for full-time students, who are deaf and hard of hearing, use listening and spoken language, and who are pursuing a degree at an accredited mainstream college or university. This is a merit-based scholarship program and award selection is extremely competitive; over the past three years, 10–12% of applicants were selected to receive an award. Please see the website for eligibility criteria.
Alfred V. Taylor Scholarship
Political Affairs Office
National Association of Social Workers
7981 Eastern Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Available to students interested in the promotion of social work practice. The application process involves: a two-page proposal, including a fact sheet with personal information and a one-page narrative summarizing the applicant’s learning objectives in field placement, academic preparation, and career interest in the area of political social work; academic transcript; letter from the university’s field department confirming arrangements for the practicum; and two letters of reference mailed to the address above.
American Indian Graduate Center
3701 San Mateo, NE #200
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Fellowships for American Indian and Alaskan Native students. Must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe, Alaskan Native group, or 1/4 degree Indian blood who is in need of financial aid and has applied for federal financial and campus-based aid, and is pursuing a master’s, doctoral, or professional degree as a full-time student.
Armenian International Women's Association
65 Main Street, #3A
Watertown, MA 02472
Scholarships are awarded to full-time female students of Armenian descent attending accredited colleges or universities. Awards are based on financial need and merit.
Armenian Professional Society
PO Box 10306
Glendale, CA 91209
Available to students who have been accepted or are enrolled in a graduate school in the United States. Selection is based on financial need, scholastic achievements, faculty recommendations, and involvement in the Armenian Community. An eligible candidate shall be awarded a scholarship no more than a total of two times.
American Association of University Women
AAUW Fellowships and Grants
C/O ACT, Inc.
101 Act Drive
Iowa City, IA 52243-9000
(319) 337-1716 ext. 60
For women preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or reenter the workforce. Special consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields. Funds are not available for PhD-level work.
American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work
Center for Clinical Social Work
241 Humphrey Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
Attn: Holm Awards
Holm Award: two $1,000 prizes and one $500 prize, for final-year master’s students who submit winning papers
Osman Award: two $1,000 prizes for first-year master’s students who submit winning papers
Association of American Indian Affairs (AAIA)
966 Hungerford Drive, Suite 12-B
Rockville, MD 20850
Applicants must be Native American (continental US tribes) or Alaska Native. Applicants enrolled in federally recognized tribes must be 1/4 Indian blood or more. Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students for both fall and spring semesters.
Career Development Grants by the AAUW
American Association of University Women Educational Foundation
2201 N. Dodge Street, Dept. 98
Iowa City, IA 52243-4030
Grants of $2,000–$12,000 to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are pursuing graduate study to advance their careers. Special consideration to women of color pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in non-traditional fields.
Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship
Council on Social Work Education
1600 Duke Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) awards two $500 scholarships to students in their final year of an MSW program at a CSWE-accredited program. Applicants from the following ethnic groups are eligible to apply: Puerto Rican, Asian American, American Indian, African American, and Mexican American.
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; and 4) protecting the environment. All undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who will be enrolled full-time at NYU are invited to apply.
International Educational Exchange Program
Fulbright offers competitive, merit-based grants for students, scholars, teachers, professionals and groups. Grants are available for US citizens to go abroad and for foreign (non-US) citizens to come to the US.
Fund for Lesbian and Gay Scholarships (FLAGS)
Whitman-Brooks Scholarship Fund
PO Box 48320
Los Angeles, CA 90048-0320
Provides financial assistance to gay, lesbian, and bisexual students who show a commitment to community involvement. Send a self-addressed stamped envelope for an application form.
General Board of Higher Education & Ministry
Applicants must be an active, full member of the United Methodist Church for at least one year. Membership is determined by the date the applicant was confirmed and took membership vows with a United Methodist church. Applicants must be pursuing a degree program at any accredited institution within the US. Applicants are required to be full-time students according to their school’s standards for the program for which they are enrolled. Multiple scholarships and loans available.
George E. Meares Memorial Scholarship
George E. Meares Scholarship Committee
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
2714 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Grants up to $5,000 for the support of graduate study in social work.
Gosnell Memorial Scholarship National Association of Social Workers Development Office
750 First Street, NE, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20002-4241
Awarded to NASW members who are MSW candidates and have demonstrated a commitment to working with American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latinx populations in public and voluntary nonprofit agency settings.
Grace LeGendre Endowment Fund, Inc.
NY Grace LeGendre Fellowship Committee
901 East Lake Road
Dundee, NY 14837
Provides awards to women who are candidates for master’s and doctoral degrees at colleges and universities throughout New York State. The number and amount of the fellowships vary from year to year.
Harriet Bloomfield Memorial Scholarship
30 Silverline Drive, Suite 3
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who is a member of the New Jersey Chapter of NASW. The student must have applied to or have been accepted into an accredited BSW or MSW program. Interview required.
Hebrew Free Loan Society
675 Third Avenue, Suite 1905
New York, NY 10017
The Hebrew Free Loan Society makes loans on a nonsectarian basis where the availability of interest-free credit will make a significant difference in an individua’'s life. Scholarships are also offered.
HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)
333 Seventh Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10001–5019
Scholarships are given to students who immigrated to the United States after January 1, 1992,based on academic merit, community involvement, and financial need.
The Houtan Scholarship Foundation
300 Central Ave
Egg Harbor Twp., NJ 08234
Students from all origins, Iranian and non-Iranian, who have high academic performance and proven interest in promoting Iran’s great culture, heritage, language, and civilization. One award of $2,500 per semester will be given toward a graduate school education for the selected applicant. The award is offered each fall and spring semester. Candidates for the award must demonstrate leadership ability and the desire to make a difference in the society in which they reside.
Indian Health Service
IHS Scholarship Program
801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 120
Rockville, MD 20852
For qualified American Indian and Alaska Native students applying to, accepted by, or enrolled in a health or allied health professions program (social work) and who commit to working in American Indian and Alaska Native communities after graduation. Health Professions Scholarship recipients receive financial aid covering tuition, required fees, and other educational and living expenses.
Japanese American Citizens League
National Scholarship Program
c/o Portland JACL
PO Box 86310
Portland, OR 97286
Every applicant must be an active National JACL member. JACL Membership is open to everyone of any ethnic background.
Jewish Community Center Association
520 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Up to $10,000 per year for a one- or two-year period to pursue graduate studies that lead to a professional career in a Jewish Community Center. Scholarship recipients will participate in a program of selected JCC Association educational experiences and career development seminars.
Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) Chicago
216 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
Open to Jewish full-time students with financial need. Scholarships are granted to students who show promise in their chosen careers, especially those entering professions dedicated to helping others. Applicants must be born and/or raised in Cook County, the Chicago metropolitan area, or Northwest Indiana, or be continuously employed full-time for one year in Cook County or the Chicago metropolitan area prior to starting professional education.
The John Frederick Steinman Fellowship Fund
8 West King Street
PO Box 1328
Lancaster, PA 17608-1328
One or more fellowships (in the amount of $6,000) may be awarded to qualified applicants seeking advanced study in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, or social work. The fellowship may be renewed for a second year upon review of evidence of progress by the fellow in the course of study. Fellowships will be awarded to those who have obligated themselves to practice their profession within Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, or in such other location serving in substantial part residents of Lancaster County as the Fellowship Committee shall approve. The number of years each fellow shall be obligated to practice within Lancaster County shall be at least equal to the number of years fellowship support is received.
Jules Dorfman Scholarship
Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis
6705 Hoover Road
Indianapolis, IN 46260-4120
Granted annually to a qualified graduate student in Jewish communal service, social work, or Jewish education.
Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation
530 East Town Street
PO Box 38
Columbus, OH 43216
Most scholarships are available to all alumni of the fraternity. Some do have restrictions or preferences as requested by donors.
15 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065
Open to US citizens and permanent residents of Polish descent who are beginning or continuing graduate studies and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Scholarships are given for full-time studies only. All majors are supported. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $7,000.
Leopold Schepp Foundation
551 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3000
New York, NY 10176
Scholarships offered to US citizens enrolled full-time. Awards given to people under age 40 pursuing a graduate degree. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and academic excellence. Awards from $500–$7,500 per student. Interview in New York City is required.
League of United Latina American Citizens (LULAC)
LULAC National Scholarship Fund (LNSF)
1133 19th Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
LULAC offers a variety of scholarships for students through its educational arm, the LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC).
The Margaret Yardley Fellowship
New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs
55 Labor Center Way
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1593
Annually provides between six and eight $1,000 grants to deserving women who are New Jersey residents pursuing post-graduate advanced studies. Qualifications include scholastic achievement, career service potential, and charitable endeavors. The grant is applied solely to tuition expenses.
The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund
World Bank Family Network
1818 H Street, NW, MSN J2-202
Washington, DC 20433
For students from developing countries who are currently studying in the United States or Canada and have a record of service to women and children and a commitment to improving the lives of women and children in developing countries. The MMMF grants approximately $12,000 to be used toward the completion of the student’s degree. Grants are not renewable.
National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc.
Applicants must be working or planning to work directly with children and pursuing graduate level studies for one year in fields that address the special needs of children and youth. Graduate fields of study include, but are not limited to: Counseling, Psychology, Mental Health, Special Education, Speech Pathology, Exceptional Children, Remedial Skills Development, Hearing Impaired, Gifted and Talented, etc. Scholarships are not awarded for graduate work in administration or general education. Applicants must also be a US citizen and a permanent resident of a state with a Junior Auxiliary Chapter: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas.
National Association of Puerto Rican Social Workers
PO Box 651
Brentwood, NY 11717
Scholarships awarded to first or second year full-time graduate students presently enrolled in a social work program. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong interest in community organization and community advocacy that would potentially impact the Puerto Rican/Latinx community. Applicants should demonstrate financial need and proficient academic performance.
NASW Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship Awards
The NASW Foundation accepts applications for scholarships and doctoral fellowships to help provide financial resources to social work students pursuing a variety of social work specialties. Apply online. Questions? Email email@example.com.
National Council of Jewish Women, (NCJW) Brooklyn Section, Inc.
Offering a one-time $1,000 annual Social Work Scholarship to be used for textbooks or fees (non-tuition educational expenses). NCJW, Brooklyn Section, Inc. is a non-gender, non- denominational organization devoted to improving the quality of life for women, children, and families. NCJW, Brooklyn Section offers a scholarship to a student in a regular Social Work program, graduating in June 2021 or June 2022. NCJW, Brooklyn Section can be reached at 718-376-8164 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty national scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $12,000. Please review their website for specific eligibility requirements.
National Hispanic Scholarship Fund
General College Scholarship
55 Second Street, Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA 94105
Designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage in obtaining a college degree. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis and award amounts generally range from $1,000 to $5,000.
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Available to Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. For the purposes of the NIAF Scholarship Program, to be “Italian American” the student must have at least one ancestor who has immigrated from Italy. Scholarship awards range from $2,000–$12,000. Applicants must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 out of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
Navajo National Graduate Fellowship
Provides financial assistance to eligible Navajo students attending graduate school. For full-time graduate students, the award shall be a minimum of $5,000 up to a maximum of $10,000 for nine to twelve semester credit hours.
New York City Alumnae Panhellenic Collegiate Scholarship
Scholarship to Greek women who are members of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) member fraternities and are attending or will attend a graduate program within a 50-mile radius of Columbus Circle in New York City.
New York State Memorial Scholarship
Provides financial aid to children, spouses, and financial dependents of deceased firefighters, volunteer firefighters, police officers, peace officers (including NYS Correction Officers), and emergency medical service workers who have died as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty in service to New York State.
New York State Society for Clinical Social Work (NYSSCSW)
Each year, the chapter confers a $500 scholarship and a one-year NYSSCSW membership on one student each from the Silver School and six other New York City schools of social work in recognition of outstanding clinically oriented writing done in their first year of the MSW program.
NWSA Women’s/Gender Studies Student Scholarships and Awards
7100 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 301
College Park, MD 20742
Award provides financial assistance to graduate students doing research in women/lesbian studies. Preference is given to candidates who are members in the National Women’s Studies Association. Scholarship amounts vary from $500–$1,000.
PACE: The Political Action Arm of the National Association of Social Workers
New York City Chapter
50 Broadway, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10004
The Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) Committee of the New York City Chapter of the NASW offers two scholarships for politically minded social work students. The David Roth Scholarship is for first year students, the Miriam Dinerman is for second year students, and both are at the graduate level. The amount of each scholarship is $500. Scholarship winners will also be given a one-year free membership or renewal of membership in the NASW.
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
400 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Provides opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The fellowship consists of $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition support for each year of graduate study supported (maximum of two years), a total of as much as $90,000.
PEO Sisterhood - PEO International Peace Scholarship Fund
PEO Executive Office
3700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Program provides scholarships for select women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. A maximum award of $5,000 can be renewed twice.
Pi Gamma Mu
Social Sciences Honor Society
1001 Millington, Suite B
Winfield, KS 67156
If you are a member of Pi Gamma Mu, you could qualify to be the recipient of a $2,000 or $1,000 award to attend your first or second year of graduate school. Pi Gamma Mu awards up to 10 scholarships each year.
The Point Foundation
1357 Broadway, Suite 401
New York, NY 10018
Provides scholarships, mentorship, leadership training, and hope for students of merit who have been marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
The Roothbert Fund, Inc
475 Riverside Drive, Room 252
New York, NY 10115
Grants for graduate study at accredited colleges or universities in the United States. The Fund seeks candidates who are “motivated by spiritual values” and works to foster fellowship among them. Grants are small (averaging $2,000–$3,000) and are meant to be supplementary. Interview required.
The Ruth Taylor Award Fund
United Way of Westchester and Putnam
336 Central Park Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606
Eligible individuals must be residents of Westchester County pursuing graduate level education on a full-time basis at accredited US colleges or schools in social welfare or public health. Criteria used in evaluating applications are public service, financial need, and scholastic capacity.
Sergeant John Basilone Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship
271 US Highway 46 West, Suite A-108
Fairfield, NJ 07004
The UNICO Foundation, Inc. will grant up to a maximum of $6,000 for a postgraduate scholarship to a student attending an accredited program at a college/university in the United States at $1,500 per year. Candidates must be United States citizens of Italian heritage.
Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship
Stonewall Community Foundation
446 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001
This scholarship supports lesbian-identified students in their quest for higher education. Applicants must demonstrate their motivation to make a difference and must have a history of academic excellence and community service. Three $3,000 scholarships will be awarded annually and are non-renewable.
UJA Federation of New York Scholarships
Scholarships are awarded for a maximum of two years and must be used toward tuition or related educational expenses. Scholarships are for students committed to a career at the UJA Federation of New York or a career in the broader Jewish communal sector.
Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship
NASW Foundation National Programs
750 First Street, NE, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20002-4241
For MSW students who demonstrate an interest in, or have experience with, health/mental health practice and have a commitment to working in the African American community. One scholarship of up to $2,000 will be awarded.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. National Education Foundation Scholarships and Fellowships
1734 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Scholarships and fellowships are for graduate study. Some awards are only offered to members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Awards don’t exceed $2,500 per year.
Updated December 2019
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-time 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 $10,000 from the Yellow Ribbon Program, with a match of up to $10,000 from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, if eligible. Students receiving Yellow Ribbon funds are still eligible for separate NYU Silver Tuition Scholarships. Email email@example.com for the application fee waiver code.
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:
If you are a member of a union or other large organization, you may be eligible for tuition reimbursement. Please note that the Silver School does not endorse any organization. This information is provided as a courtesy and as an option for potential funding, should you be eligible.