The New School Freezes Tuition for 2020-2021 Academic Year in Response to the Economic Impact of COVID-19


New York, April 5, 2020 -- As students and their families continue to navigate the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, The New School announced that it will not increase tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year for new and continuing students. Tuition rates next year will remain the same as they are this year. The university took this step recognizing that any increase would exacerbate economic challenges that many students and their families are facing.

In addition, The New School has significantly increased the Student Emergency Assistance fund that helps continuing students with specific urgent needs. The university will be directing Federal CARES Act funding to this program.

These steps build on other recent actions taken by the university to respond to this rapidly changing crisis including: expediting refunds for housing and dining plans; lifting financial holds that would have prevented some students from registering; allowing flexibility on tuition payment plans; providing technology equipment and internet access to help students transition to remote learning; and waiving fees for grade appeals and add/drop for the next academic year. 

The New School will continue to seek ways to be as supportive as possible to students while ensuring the university thrives as a place of learning for future generations.

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.



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