Financial Support

NYU Abu Dhabi recognizes that higher education is a significant investment, and we are committed to attracting and educating exceptionally talented students from around the world. NYUAD 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.

We aim to attract the best possible students from around the world, regardless of financial circumstances. Once a student is admitted to NYUAD, 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 fellowships and need-based grants 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.

Admission to NYU Abu Dhabi is need-blind: Admissions decisions are made without knowledge of a student's financial need.
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, November 08, 2015:

Students are seen studying around the NYU Abu Dhabi campus on Saadiyat Island.  

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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.

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 fellowships 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.

Financial Support Application Deadlines

Application Type Deadline
Early Decision I November 15
Early Decision II January 15
Regular Decision February 15
Returning Students May 1

Renewal of Financial Support

Financial support is generally renewable at the same level for all four years, unless a family's financial circumstances change dramatically or the application process is not completed on time each year. The estimated 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.

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

NYU Abu Dhabi Saadiyat campus

Cost of Attendance

Financial support may cover up to the total cost of an NYU Abu Dhabi education.