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 fellowships and 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. 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 (except UAE National students) who wish to receive need-based financial support must complete and submit the CSS Profile applications online by the appropriate deadline (see right).

Please note, students with divorced, separated or unmarried parents will need to have both parents submit their own separate CSS Profile applications online. The deadline for the noncustodial parent is 5 days after the student deadline (November 20 for Early Decision I; January 20 for Early Decision II; February 20 for Regular Decision).

If your noncustodial parent is deceased, please fill out the CSS Profile Waiver Request for the Noncustodial Parent to indicate this.

NYU Abu Dhabi accepts applications for financial support from all students, regardless of citizenship. Learn more about Applying for Financial Support.

Learn more about the estimated Cost of Attendance and how the financial support applies to these costs on our Cost of Attendance page.

Financial Support at NYU Abu Dhabi

All students are automatically considered for merit-based support. Merit-based fellowships may only cover a portion of the cost of attendance.

Admitted Emirati nationals and children of Emirati mothers are awarded the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed NYUAD Scholarship for Exceptional Emirati Students, a fellowship that covers the full cost of attendance for four years. No CSS Profile application is required for Emirati nationals.

All other students who file the CSS Profile will be considered for need-based support based on their family's financial circumstances. Need-based support may cover up to the full cost of attendance, including tuition, foreign travel for study integral to a student's academic program, room and board, health insurance, personal expenses, books, and many student life activities. Financial support may also include up to two tickets each year between Abu Dhabi and the student’s country of permanent residence. NYU Abu Dhabi encourages all students, regardless of citizenship, to file the CSS Profile as the Office of Financial Support gives consideration to a broad range of family situations.

Please note, students whose permanent addresses are 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 at nyuad.studenttravel@nyu.edu and the Office of Financial Support at nyuad.financial.support@nyu.edu for reconsideration.

How to Apply for Need-based Financial Support

In order to be considered for need-based support, you must complete and submit the CSS Profile application(s) by the required deadline. NYU Abu Dhabi accepts this application from all students, regardless of citizenship. Information on application deadlines and steps necessary to complete the CSS Profile application, as well as a link to the Profile website, are available in the Financial Support section of the NYU Abu Dhabi website.

Please note, students with divorced, separated or unmarried parents will need to have both parents submit their own separate CSS Profile applications online. The deadline for the noncustodial parent is 5 days after the student deadline (November 20 for Early Decision I; January 20 for Early Decision II; February 20 for Regular Decision).

If your noncustodial parent is deceased, please fill out the CSS Profile Waiver Request for the Noncustodial Parent to indicate this.

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. Please contact the NYU Abu Dhabi Office of Admission at nyuad.admissions@nyu.edu for more information regarding the admissions process.

Financial Support Award Notification

New students who are eligible for NYU Abu Dhabi financial support will be notified of their awards at the time they are offered admission, as long as all of the required documents have been provided and the 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 online once they are available. The awards will be provided via NYU Albert with an award letter. Students who have questions or concerns about their award are encouraged to contact the NYU Abu Dhabi Office of Financial Support.

Please note 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 Profile by the returning students’ 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 the status of any applications. Returning students can expect their awards to be available via NYU Albert by the end of July. Students can generally expect their awards to be similar to the prior year's award unless there has been a significant change in their family’s 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. The cost of attendance 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. The financial support award may also include up to two tickets each year between Abu Dhabi and the student’s country of permanent residence.

Please note, students whose permanent addresses are 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.