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Financial Aid

Payment for tuition and fees can be made by personal or certified check; money order; visa; mastercard; amex; wire transfer or cash. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the New York Studio School in U.S. Dollars and must be drawn on a U.S. Bank. Checks or money orders drawn on an international bank will not be accepted. Students may pay in person, by mail or via telephone to the bursar’s office. Payment is due in full. If it is not possible to pay in full immediately, students should enroll in the deferred payment plan.

Payments must include the student’s name, address, telephone number and email address. Only students who are registered and paid are entitled to attend classes.

The financial aid programs are part of the school’s desire to attract qualified students from a diversity of backgrounds. Any student want to be considered for financial assistance from the school must complete a financial aid application form and submit it to student services by February 15 of each year for consideration. Financial aid scholarships are contingent on the continuation of satisfactory progress in all enrolled courses, and are available to all full-time enrolled students.

Download the Financial Aid Application

Tuition Remission Fellowships

New York Studio School tuition remission fellowships are available to enrolled students who demonstrate genuine financial need. Applicants are reviewed by student services, who consider the student’s skills, academic progress and merit, in addition to their need. Other sources of aid and efforts towards self-help are also taken into account.

Tuition remission awards are deducted directly from tuition at the beginning of each semester for those who qualify. Students are required to work for a specific number of hours in either one or more roles, depending on the amount of the award. Assignments can include class monitors; office and library assistance; wait staff; gallery work and graphic design, among others.

Attendance and hours are tracked by the supervisor for each role, and records are maintained by the student services coordinator throughout the semester. Tuition remission awards will be revoked if the student does not fulfill their commitment, or if the student does not maintain academic compliance. Applications for the awards are given at registration.

Deferred Payment Plan

Students are offered a payment plan if they wish to spread their tuition payments throughout the year or cannot pay their entire tuition upon enrollment. There is a $100 fee charged for participation in the deferred payment plan. All students who opt for this plan must ensure that all non-refundable fees are included in the first payment. There is no payment plan for the summer session programs, the marathons, or the evening and saturday classes. These programs must be paid in full at least one week before the class starts.

The payment schedule for the plan is as follows:


  • 1st payment: June 1
  • 2nd payment: July 1
  • 3rd payment: August 1
  • 4th payment: September 1


  • 1st payment: October 1
  • 2nd payment: November 1
  • 3rd payment: December 1
  • 4th payment: January 1

All payments are given a 1-week grace period. If a payment is not received during the grace period, a $100 late fee will be assessed.

Leave of Absence

Full-time students (Certificate or MFA) may request a Leave of Absence from the School for a period of up to two semesters for certain extenuating circumstances. These may include, but are not limited to, medical emergency, family emergency and/or financial emergency. A Leave of Absence Form should only be completed by students who plan on returning to the School to complete their program within one year. Only students in good financial standing may request an official Leave of Absence leave. Leave is granted for up to two semesters. If, after completing a Leave of Absence, a student is unable to return within the appropriate time frame, s/he must then submit a Complete Withdrawal Form to the Registrar.

Leave of Absence Forms are available from the Registrar, and require a $25 processing fee.

Re-Admission Procedures

The Registrar will contact students on a Leave of Absence during the registration period so that the student can enroll in future classes. Full-time students who miss one or more semesters of study without taking an official Leave of Absence must re-apply. Applications are available online. Regular admission fees apply.


Students (full-time or part-time) who, for any reason, find it impossible to complete the course for which they are registered should inform the Registrar in writing that they wish to withdraw from the course(s) or program. Students who wish to withdraw from a class and receive a tuition refund or credit from the school must submit a written and dated notice to the Registrar within the time frames of the refund request (see below). Students in full-time programs must also complete an official Complete Withdrawal Form. Submission of a Complete Withdrawal Form serves to inform various departments within the School that an individual student is no longer enrolled at the School and does not plan to return. Only the submission of a Complete Withdrawal Form will fully deactivate student status.  Any student who needs to take a leave of absence and plans to return in no more than two semesters should complete a Leave of Absence Form instead (please see above).

The date that the Complete Withdrawal Form is filed with Student Services is the date used to calculate student eligibility for WA (Authorized Withdrawal) grades and potential tuition refund. Refunds will be calculated based on the date the Complete Withdrawal Form is signed by the Registrar and Bursar. Students who leave the School without completing the above procedures will be liable for tuition and other fees and will receive a WU (Unauthorized Withdrawal) on their transcript based on the date of last known attendance.

PLEASE NOTE: Failure to complete a course(s) does not constitute official withdrawal, nor does notification to the Instructor or Monitor. Lack of attendance does not entitle a student to a refund. The New York Studio School is not responsible for providing make-ups or issuing refunds for programs missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. Withdrawals do not necessarily entitle the student to a refund of tuition paid or the cancellation of an outstanding tuition balance.

Refund Schedule

Full-time MFA and Certificate Programs

  • Before the 1st day of classes: 100% refund or 100% credit
  • Within the 1st week of the semester: 75% refund or 75% credit
  • Within the 2nd week of the semester: 50% refund or 50% credit
  • After the 2nd week of the semester: no refund / no credit

Marathon and Summer Session Programs

  • Before the 1st meeting day of classes: 100% refund or 100% credit
  • Within the 1st meeting day of classes: 75% refund or 75% credit
  • Within the 2nd meeting day of classes: 50% refund or 50% credit
  • After the 2nd meeting day of classes: no refund / no credit

Evening & Weekend Classes

  • Before the 1st meeting of class: 100% refund or 100% credit
  • After the 1st meeting of class: 50% refund or 50% credit
  • After the 2nd meeting of class: no refund / no credit

Please note that the start of the marathon is considered the start of the semester.

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