Public Engagement

Scholarships and Awards

  • A variety of forms of financial assistance, including merit-based tuition scholarships, are available from the university to help students — including international students — offset the cost of tuition and fees.  

    It is not necessary to have an admission decision to begin the financial aid process. The Office of Student Financial Services can answer questions about applying for financial aid, calculating the overall cost of attendance, and billing and payment options.

    Scholarships, Fellowships, and Assistantships

    New School Tuition Scholarships

    All master's and PhD students at Milano who indicate on the application their interest in these awards will be considered for a competitive merit-based scholarship. Awards are based on the strength of the application (Statement of Purpose, letters of recommendation, and prior academic performance) and the contributions the admission committee believes the applicant can make to the Milano community. No additional application components are required for most university scholarships. Scholarships cover up to 75 percent of tuition cost for master's programs. Scholarships for the PhD in Public and Urban Policy may cover up to 100 percent of tuition.

    A large proportion of admitted students are offered merit-based tuition scholarships. Merit-based tuition scholarships are available to students pursuing full-time and part-time study.

    Impact Entrepreneurship Graduate Fellowship

    The Impact Entrepreneurship Graduate Fellowship is designed to attract and support high-potential leaders from diverse backgrounds who are committed to creating positive social impact through entrepreneurship while pursuing a master's degree at The New School. Fellows participate in a cohort-based experience that includes mentorship, workshops, networking opportunities, and the chance to apply for a Venture Lab in the second year of their program. Students who are selected for the Fellowship may be eligible for a supplemental scholarship if their program of study offers a scholarship of less than 50 percent. For more information on how to apply, visit the Impact Entrepreneurship website.

    Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellowship Program

    The New School is one of the few universities eligible to enroll students who have been selected to receive graduate fellowships through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship Program. Our mission of social responsibility, our master's and PhD degree programs, and the unique environment at The New School have made the university attractive to Paul D. Coverdell Fellows.

    The Peace Corps Description of Service must be accompanied by your application in order for you to be eligible for these competitive scholarships. This competitive award will cover 25 to 50 percent of tuition for all Milano master's programs and the PhD in Public and Urban Policy program, as well as mandatory fees (university services and student senate fees). The application fee is waived. There is no limit to the number of Coverdell Fellowship Recipients admitted to our programs for a given semester.


    Americorps Vista, City Year, and Teach for America alumni who apply to Milano are eligible for tuition scholarship consideration. At least two tuition scholarships that cover 50 percent of tuition are awarded annually. The application fee is waived.

    Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship

    Charles Rangel Fellowship applicants are invited to apply to any one of the Milano master's programs. Any amount of tuition not covered by the Rangel Fellowship will be covered by Milano, and Milano will cover mandatory university fees. The application fee is waived.

    Donald Payne Fellowship

    Donald Payne Fellowship applicants are invited to apply to any one of the Milano master's programs. Any amount of tuition not covered by the Donald Payne Fellowship will be covered by Milano, and Milano will cover mandatory university fees. The application fee is waived.

    Mayor's Graduate Scholarship Program

    The university offers competitive scholarships of up to 50 percent of tuition costs to qualified permanent New York City government employees who are entering part-time students in the school's master's degree programs. The Mayor's Graduate Scholarship is awarded for the duration of a student's registration in the program as long as the student takes at least six credits each semester and makes satisfactory academic progress. Applications are available from Mayor's Scholarship Program, Office of the Mayor, City Hall, New York, NY 10007. You must submit a letter of intent with your application in order to be eligible for the scholarship. The admission application fee is waived.

    Fulbright Program

    The Fulbright Program supports educational exchanges that strengthen understanding and communication between the United States and more than 140 countries. It is administered through the Institute for International Education (IIE). The fellowship award is evaluated and granted on a case-by-case basis and informed by IIE's evaluation. For more information on how to apply, visit the Fulbright website.

    Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program

    This fellowship provides students who successfully complete a Junior Institute and who have been accepted as Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) graduates with a combination of grants, application fee and tuition waivers, and assistantships. PPIA prepares students for careers in public policy through activities leading to a master's degree. Students enter the program following their undergraduate junior year by applying for admission to a Junior Institute. Once admitted, they participate in three phases of the program: Junior Institutes, Senior Options, and Graduate Fellowships. The PPIA evaluation must accompany your application in order for you to be eligible for this scholarship. See the PPIA website for more information.

    Third-Party Funding

    Students expecting reimbursement from their employer or a sponsoring organization can defer payment of tuition and fees upon presentation of a signed official authorization from their employer or sponsor on company letterhead and a deferment form available on the Student Financial Services website.

    John L. Tishman Scholarship (for continuing students)

    The Tishman family generously funds scholarships for New School students who show interest in and a commitment to sustainable development, design, and construction. Every fall semester, approximately $40,000 is awarded to the top applicants. Student awards are made on the basis of the following considerations: academic standing, demonstrated focus on sustainability issues, demonstrated civic engagement or social justice work relating to sustainability, involvement in projects that support sustainability in the infrastructure and ecology of the greater New York City area, and financial need.

    Note: These scholarships are reserved for continuing students. Application deadline: November 1.

    Donor Scholarships

    These named scholarships are donor funded for specific research areas, including public and urban policy, management, and environment and sustainability. Donor scholarships include the Adrian W. DeWind Scholarship Fund, the Dorothy Hirshon Scholarship in Public and Urban Policy, the DUAPA Fellowship, the Edward Neinken Memorial Scholarship in Law and Urban Policy, the Erwin S. Wolfson Scholarship, the Henry A. and Louise S. Loeb Scholarships, the Isador Lubin Fellowship, the Jacob M. Kaplan Fellowships, the Robert Curvin Fellowship, the Seth Glickenhaus Fund For Student Fellowships, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship. Note: Donor scholarships are offered in place of, not in addition to, New School tuition scholarships.  

    Graduate Student Teaching Program

    The New School provides graduate students with employment opportunities as Teaching Fellows and Teaching Assistants. Teaching Fellows are the instructors of record for their courses and bear full responsibility for the classes they teach. Teaching Assistants work under the direction of a course instructor to help with a range of instructional responsibilities. View the Graduate Student Teaching Program page for information on how to apply.