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Tuition & Fees

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Payment for tuition and fees can be made by personal or certified check; money order; credit card; wire transfer or cash. Checks and money orders should be made payable to 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.

2024/2025 Tuition Costs

Full-time Program Tuition

MFA – $15,750 per semester; $31,500 annual
Certificate – $11,000 per semester; $22,000 annual

Full-time students should anticipate a circa 3% tuition increase each academic year.

Marathon Tuition

Two-Week Marathon – $1,800
One-Week Intersession Marathon – $1,450
Westbury Marathon – $2,300*
*The higher cost for this Marathon reflects location fees and additional costs of transportation to and from Old Westbury.

Evening & Weekend Classes Tuition

Drawing & Painting Courses – 11 weeks – $700
Sculpture Courses – 11 weeks – $700*
*$200.00 materials fee for Saturday Morning Sculpture includes clay for each session and the firing of finished work.

Application Fees

MFA – $50 before January 15, $70 after that date.
Certificate – $70
Summer Session – $45
Marathons – $45

Registration Fees

Late Registration Fee – $100
Payment Plan Fee – $100
International Student Processing Fee – $300
Late Payment Fee – $100
Returned Check Fee – $40

Miscellaneous Fees

Activities Fee (Arbor Vitae)- $250
Transcript – $15

The above costs are subject to change by action of the Administration.  The School reserves the right to change regulations at any time without prior notice; it also reserves the right to change tuition and fees as deemed necessary.

Students who wish to attend the School must be aware that they should be able to cover both tuition  and related expenses including materials, housing costs, health insurance and travel. Tuition expenses listed below that indicate coverage for one year include the fall and spring semesters only.

Estimated Living Expenses

The School does not have facilities to house students. Upon acceptance, students will receive information on housing opportunities in New York, including listings of temporary accommodations and help on searching for suitable living situations. The School is easily accessible by public transport from the outer boroughs and New Jersey. Rents in the outer boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and The Bronx) and close areas of New Jersey, such as Jersey City and Hoboken, tend to be lower than in Manhattan. Less expensive situations can be found through sublets or by living with roommates. Students should plan to find proper accommodations prior to enrolling. A chart detailing estimated costs of living and expenses is below.

Estimated Supplies

Painting Major – $1,000 to $2,500

Sculpture Major – $1,000 to $2,500

Marathon Student – $300-500

Estimated Living & Additional Expenses

Rent – $4,000

Food – $2,400

Utilities/Phone – $600

Health Insurance (optional) – $3,500

Transportation – $450

Please note that these estimates are for one semester; the School semester lasts for approximately four months.

Health Services & Information

Enrolled students must be aware that the School does not provide health insurance coverage. We strongly recommend that students enrolled in the School organize their own coverage, either via a parent/guardian or on an individual basis. There are many health insurance providers who offer individual insurance programs, and it is the responsibility of each student to fully research the benefits of each individual provider.

Course Cancellation Policy

Please note that all courses, including Marathons, are subject to minimum enrollment numbers. The School reserves the right to cancel any course for which there is insufficient enrollment and to withdraw or modify course offerings. If a course is canceled prior to the start of the course by the School, students may transfer to another available course, receive a credit, or receive a full refund, in accordance with the School’s credit policy or refund schedule. If a single class session is canceled by the School due to unforeseen emergencies (such as city/state guidance regarding closures due to inclement weather), the School will seek to offer a make-up class or equivalent gesture for enrolled students; make-up classes will not be offered if they extend past the end of the semester in which the class cancellation took place.

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 or altered as a result of illness, emergencies, or personal circumstances of students which prevent program continuation. Withdrawals do not necessarily entitle the student to a refund of tuition paid or the cancellation of an outstanding tuition balance.

Credit Policy

Any credits issued will be valid for 24 months from the date of issue. Any expired credits will not be eligible to be applied to future classes.

Refund Schedule

(Please note that refunds are not inclusive of the nonrefundable program deposits).

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 Master Classes

  • 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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