At NYU Abu Dhabi we recognize that higher education is a significant investment, and we are committed to attracting and educating exceptionally talented students from around the world. NYU Abu Dhabi provides financial support in the form of need-based grants, to those who qualify. Every admitted student is also automatically considered for merit-based fellowships.

NYU Abu Dhabi aims to attract the best possible students from around the world, regardless of financial circumstances. Once a student is admitted to NYU Abu Dhabi, our priority is to work with the student and family to make it possible to attend. The Office of Financial Support will tailor NYUAD's generous financial assistance to the individual educational needs of each admitted student. Financial support will ensure that the cost of attendance does not require students or their families to take on debt to support the cost of education at NYU Abu Dhabi. Family finances should not affect a student's decision to select NYU Abu Dhabi, even if the student is considering low- or no-cost public education alternatives, or is the recipient of generous financial support from another institution. In recognition of NYUAD's highly-selective admissions process, and of the important role that the University plays in shaping future world leaders, the Abu Dhabi government provides fellowships to all admitted UAE National students in the form of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed NYUAD Scholarship for Exceptional Emirati Students.

All applicants who wish to receive need-based financial support must complete and submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE application (and the NonCustodial PROFILE, if applicable) online by the appropriate deadline (see right). NYU Abu Dhabi accepts applications for financial support from all students, regardless of citizenship. Learn more about Applying for Financial Support.

Financial support may cover up to the total cost of an NYU Abu Dhabi education. Learn how NYU Abu Dhabi's financial support applies to the cost of attendance.

Individualized Attention

NYU Abu Dhabi works individually with each student to assess his or her family's financial circumstances. Notifications of financial support awards will be sent in time for students to decide which college or university to attend, provided the required application and any subsequent documentation necessary to make an informed decision are submitted by the designated deadline.

Need-Blind Admissions

Admission to NYU Abu Dhabi is "need-blind;" that is, admissions decisions will be made without knowledge of a student's financial need.

Activities and Opportunities

To ensure that all students are able to engage in the complete spectrum of opportunities an NYU Abu Dhabi education offers, financial support may cover up to the full cost of an NYU Abu Dhabi education, including tuition, fees, foreign travel for study integral to a student's academic program, room and board, health insurance, personal expenses, books, and many Campus Life activities. Financial support may also include up to two tickets each year between Abu Dhabi and the student’s country of permanent residence. Travel costs may vary based on the student’s home location and other factors.

Please note, students whose permanent address is within the UAE are not eligible to receive funding for home travel. A student whose permanent residence changes must notify the Office of Global Education and the Office of Financial Support for reconsideration.

Financial Support Awards

New students who are eligible for NYU Abu Dhabi financial support will be notified of their awards at the time they are offered admission, provided all document requirements and application deadlines are met. Students will receive financial support in the form of merit-based scholarships and/or need-based grants, if applicable.

Students will also receive information on how to access their awards once they are available. The awards may be provided online via NYU Albert and/or via an award letter enclosed with the offer of admission. Students who have questions or concerns about their award are encouraged to contact the NYUAD Office of Financial Support.

Accepting the offer of admission is also an acceptance of the financial support award offered.

Renewal of Financial Support

In order to renew financial support from NYU Abu Dhabi, enrolled students must complete and submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE by the stated deadline each year that they are enrolled at NYU Abu Dhabi. The Office of Financial Support may require supporting documentation once the PROFILE data is received and reviewed. Students will be notified by email if additional documentation is needed.

Returning students should check NYU Albert, under the "To Do" list, to review any outstanding items associated with their financial support application and to confirm application status. Returning students can expect their awards to be available via NYU Albert by early July. Students can generally expect their awards to be similar to the prior year's award unless there has been a significant change in family financial circumstances. Awards are based upon full-time enrollment during fall and spring semesters, and attendance during the J-term when such attendance is required.

The entire cost of attendance is considered when renewing awards. This includes tuition and fees, foreign travel for study integral to a student's academic program, room and board, health insurance, personal expenses, books, and many Campus Life activities. It may also include up to two tickets each year between Abu Dhabi and the student’s country of permanent residence. Travel costs may vary based on the student’s home location and other factors.

Please note, students whose permanent address is within the UAE are not eligible to receive funding for home travel. A student whose permanent residence changes must notify the Office of Global Education and the Office of Financial Support for reconsideration.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Support if they have any questions or concerns about the application process or their award.