NYU Wagner Tuition and Fees, 2014-2015 Academic Year


2014-2015 tuition per credit


Registration fee for 1st credit


Registration fee for each add'l credit


Academic Support Fee*(per credit)


*This per credit fee provides funding for orientation and pre-term seminars, professional development support, and the Wagner Student Association.

Tuition Costs by Number of Credits

Credits Tuition* Fees* Total
4 $4,464 $712 $5,176
8 $8,928 $1,028 $9,956
12 $13,392 $1,344 $14,736
16 $17,856 $1,660 $19,516

* Part-time status is less than 12 credits/semester and full-time status is 12 or more credits/semester.

All tuition and fee costs are on a semester basis


Estimated Living Expenses

Room and board (off campus)


Books and supplies




Personal expenses


For more information on student health insurance, including premiums, enrollment and waivers, please visit the NYU Student Health Insurance website.

Financing an NYU Wagner Education

NYU Wagner has attempted to outline information about our financial aid opportunities and policies below in an effort to provide a candid and relevant view of how to finance a graduate education.  NYU Wagner sees financial assistance as a partnership between each student and the school. As our part of this partnership, we will try to assist as many students as possible within our limited fellowship and scholarship resources. The students' part of the partnership is to eliminate consumer debt, maintain realistic expectations regarding standard of living as a student, investigate all sources of outside funding, and save as much as possible before applying. Even with this level of planning, attending NYU Wagner may require significant borrowing.

Attending NYU Wagner offers unparalleled opportunities to study, live, and work in New York City, but it is not for everyone.  Each student must decide for himself or herself how much debt can reasonably be incurred and still fulfill career objectives.  Listed below are some key points students should consider as they plan to fund their graduate studies.

Need Based Financial Aid

For most students, paying for an NYU Wagner education utilizes a combination of personal savings and educational loan borrowing.  For a student with no personal savings, this might mean significant borrowing costs.  However, applicants can reduce their debt burden by planning ahead for their education.  Pay off all personal and consumer debt, save in anticipation of graduate school, investigate external scholarship opportunities (details below), and prepare a realistic budget for your time in school.  New York City can be expensive, but it is possible to borrow minimally by renting a less expensive apartment, selling any car you may own before moving, purchasing used books instead of new, and limiting travel while you are in school.  Taking actions such as these will all help you offset debt.

Available Funding

NYU Wagner has limited fellowship and scholarship resources.  We will assess all applications (both domestic and international) for merit based scholarships, and students may choose to apply for one of our more generous, but highly competitive fellowships, which require additional application components.  More information can be found here.  In addition to fellowships and scholarships, NYU Wagner offers summer internship funding through the Wagner Experience Fund, an innovative program that provides financial support for students to take unpaid internships in their field.  To read more about this special opportunity, visit the Wagner Experience Fund page.

External Scholarship Opportunities

NYU Wagner provides a directory of scholarship programs managed by external organizations and institutions that may be relevant for our students.  We recommend that applicants and students research these programs carefully and submit applications to any and all that align with their career objectives.

Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (FPSLFP)

Because many NYU Wagner students plan to work in careers where the median pay is not as high as that of the private sector, students are strongly encouraged to become familiar with FPSLFP, a loan forgiveness program for those in public service careers.   More information about FPSLFP can be found here.

In brief, if you borrow through the Stafford unsubsidized loan or graduate plus loan programs, you are eligible to participate in the FPSLFP, which is a program that will forgive education loan debt after 10 years if certain conditions are met.  Students may also take advantage of income-based repayment programs that match monthly student loan payments with a student’s income so that the payments are affordable, as low as 3%.  Information about income-based repayment can be found in the same link above.

International Students

For applicants who are not US Citizens or Permanent Residents, financing options are limited.  All applicants, including international students are considered for NYU Wagner’s merit based funding, however, many international students who are able to enroll in NYU Wagner do so additionally with scholarships or loan funding from their home countries.  Borrowing education funds in the US is limited to private lenders, many of which require a US co-signer to make the loan.  A list of suggested lenders can be found here.  As an international student, it is best to apply for scholarships or plan how you will pay for your graduate education in advance of applying to NYU Wagner or simultaneously, so that you can, if admitted, enroll in our program.

Timing of Aid Awarded

Admitted applicants will be advised about NYU Wagner merit aid shortly after admission to the program.  The merit award a student receives at this time is a final decision.  NYU Wagner does not consider students for additional merit aid at any point past the application stage.  Once students enroll, institutional merit aid will support them through the length of their study, provided the student remains in good academic and ethical standing.  Conversely, if a student does not receive an award through the admissions process, there is no NYU Wagner merit aid available in subsequent years for which they can apply.  We award all of our merit aid early in the admissions cycle, so applying early, by the January deadline at the latest is advisable.

All Federal Student Aid is packaged by NYU’s Office of Financial Aid using a student’s FAFSA information.  Once a student is admitted, NYU will prepare a federal student aid package that includes unsubsidized loans, graduate plus loans and federal work study up to the total cost of attending NYU Wagner,  including all tuition, fees, and living expenses.  The FAFSA for the 2015-2016 academic year will be available in January 2015.  NYU Wagner recommends that you submit your FAFSA by March 1, 2015 to ensure you will receive your package in time to make an enrollment decision by mid-April, 2014.  To determine if NYU has received your FAFSA, please call 212-998-4444.