Public Engagement

Scholarships and Awards

  • These competitive scholarships are awarded annually on the basis of need and merit. All admitted students who complete the International Student Financial Aid application or FAFSA are automatically considered for applicable institutional scholarships as described below, with the exception of donor scholarships. Students should check their New School email regularly. See the Student Financial Services office for information on costs and fees, billing and payment options, state and federal funding, and military benefits.

    Community College Scholarships

    The New School offers two scholarships specifically for community college graduates who enroll in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students. Both are awarded upon initial enrollment in the undergraduate program, and both are renewable annually provided the recipients maintain satisfactory academic progress.

    Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

    Members of Phi Theta Kappa who have earned a minimum of 40 credits are recognized for academic achievement. Awards are competitive and are based on a candidate's entire application (academics, essays, work and volunteer experience). Three scholarships of $2,000 are awarded each year.

    Community College Transfer Scholarships

    Up to $100,000 is allocated for these scholarships each year for community college transfer students (minimum of 40 credits earned) who demonstrate qualities that The New School believes contribute to the strength and diversity of its student body. Undergraduate applicants to the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students are automatically considered for these awards ($5,000 for full-time enrollment and between $2,500 and $3,750 for part-time enrollment).

    General Scholarships

    SPE Undergraduate Scholarships

    The Schools of Public Engagement provide scholarship support to undergraduate students who are taking courses at least half time (six or more credits per semester) and who demonstrate both financial need and academic excellence. Awards in recent academic years have ranged from $500 to $4,800.

    LaGuardia Presidential Scholarships

    This university program provides $3,500 annual awards to undergraduate students. The Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students selects candidates annually from students who meet the following prerequisites: transferred into the program with at least 60 credits; have demonstrated high academic achievement and community involvement and leadership; reside in the New York City area; are U.S. citizens or permanent residents; and have filed the FAFSA.

    LaGuardia Presidential Scholars must enroll for at least 18 credits each academic year (fall, spring, and summer terms), maintain a 3.0 GPA, and complete a bachelor's degree within four years.

    University Scholars Program

    This need-based program is designed to recruit and retain a diverse student body. Degree students in all academic divisions and programs of The New School are automatically considered as long as they are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have filed the FAFSA.

    Donor Scholarships

    Thanks to the generosity of philanthropic organizations, The New School is able to offer several donor scholarships. Application deadlines for some of these awards change each year and are announced to students by email. The application process for the Osher, Jacobson, and Kersner scholarships, described below, will begin in March 2019. Additional information about how to apply for those three awards will be posted on this page at that time.

    Bernard Osher Foundation Reentry Scholarships

    For high-achieving undergraduate adult students 25 and older who are returning to finish their degrees after being out of school for five years or more. Community college transfer students are welcome to apply if they have been out of school for at least five years. Guidelines that explain who is eligible for this award are posted here.  

    Boren Scholarships

    Provides funding for a semester or an academic year to undergraduate students studying in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and are underrepresented in study-abroad programs.

    Jacobson/Newcombe Scholarships for Mature Women Students

    Targets undergraduate students 25 and older who are returning to finish their degrees after a hiatus from a previous school. Community college transfer students are welcome to apply. Guidelines that explain who is eligible for this award are posted here.

    Joan Howard Kersner Memorial Scholarships in Theater and Performing Arts

    Targets undergraduate students whose educational and career interests are in the performing arts. Guidelines that explain who is eligible for this award are posted here

    Riggio Honors Program Scholarships

    Students accepted into the Riggio Honors Program in Writing and Democracy who remain in good academic standing automatically receive partial-tuition scholarships of $2,000 per year for full-time enrollment and $1,000 per year for half-time enrollment. Scholarships are not awarded retroactively for semesters completed before acceptance into the program. If you have questions, contact Laura Cronk, associate director of the Writing Program, at or 212.229.5611.