Excited about Precollege, but confused about cost? Finances  making you freak out?  Check out our most commonly asked scholarship and financial aid questions below:

Don’t worry, Britney, we can “work it out” for you. 

Does Precollege offer scholarships or financial aid?
A limited number of scholarships are available to academically qualified students who demonstrate a high level of financial need. Note that international students are NOT eligible for scholarships.

Can I still apply for a scholarship if I haven’t already?
Yes! You may apply until April 1, 2017.  If you haven’t received the email about submitting the scholarship application, email university.programs@nyu.edu and we will be happy to send you the information.

I applied for a scholarship but haven’t heard anything yet…what does that mean?
If admitted to NYU Precollege, you must accept your spot in the program; then you will receive an email to your NYU email address with instructions for viewing your scholarship/financial aid award.  All applicants will receive a decision, so if you’ve accepted your spot in the program and not received the email, feel free to email financial.aid@nyu.edu for an update. You can also check your award through your Student Center in NYU Albert.

How much money is available to me?
It depends; awards are based on a family’s financial need AND the number of credits in which you enroll.  It’s important to remember that NYU Precollege scholarships will NOT cover the full cost of the program for any recipients.

Can I reduce the cost of my tuition by dropping a class?
Yes, but be careful: remember that all residential students MUST be enrolled in at least two courses (and at least one must be for credit); commuter students MUST be enrolled in at least one course for credit.

Be aware that if you reduce the number of courses you are taking, the amount of your scholarship will also change; awards are adjusted to the number of credits in which you’re enrolled. For example, if you anticipated taking 8 credits and were awarded a scholarship based on that amount, but you are now only planning on taking 4 credits, you will not be able to keep your original scholarship amount. To receive your scholarship, you must either register for 8 credits or have your scholarship adjusted for your new number of credits (see next question).  You can view the number of credits you selected on your application by logging into your Student Center.

What if I want to change the number of credits I’m enrolled in?
If your plans have changed and you will not be taking the same number of credits you indicated on your scholarship application, whether more credits or less, please write to  financial.aid@nyu.edu with your new course credit total so your scholarship can be adjusted and added to your bill.  Be sure to include that your are an NYU Precollege student as well as your University ID # (N#) in all communications with the university.

I keep seeing this message that says “Enrollment Mismatch”?
If the number of credits you have registered does not match the number of credits you listed on your scholarship application, you may see this message as a hold on your record. For information on how to view your NYU Albert account to see if you have an Enrollment Mismatch hold on your bill, click here. Refer to the previous two questions above for more information. If you have questions, contact financial.aid@nyu.edu.

I’ve received a scholarship, but I don’t see it in my student account or e-bill. What does that mean?
Most likely, you have not yet registered completely for your courses. Remember, you must register for the exact number of credits you listed on your scholarship application or your awarded aid will not be added to your account.

I wasn’t awarded a scholarship OR I was awarded a scholarship, but the cost of the program is still too much for me to afford…what can I do?
We understand that cost can be a cause of concern for students; that’s why we set aside money for a select number of scholarships. However, when this just isn’t enough, there are some ways to make the program more affordable:

  • Consider being a commuter student, if possible. This would alleviate the cost of housing and reduce the required course load to one course instead of two.
  • Take only one course for credit. If you must live on campus, then you will be required to take two courses, but only one must be for credit.The second course could be the non-credit college-writing workshop (EXPOS-UA 30), which only has a fee instead of tuition. This could significantly reduce the cost of your overall tuition.
  • Ask your high school counselor.High school counselors can sometimes be aware of local scholarships, grants, or other sources of additional funding for students participating in summer programs. So, don’t be afraid to ask them!
  • Contact our office, for information about other NYU High School programs that may be more affordable.