Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office is dedicated to identifying the best sources of financial support for Mailman School students. Financial aid packages can include a combination of institutional funds, loans, and student employment opportunities.

By filing a FAFSA, pending meeting eligibility requirements, you may be eligible for up to $33,000 in federal direct unsubsidized loans. If you are in a full year long program such as the part-time MHA, an MS or the Executive MPH/MHA programs, pending meeting eligibility requirements, you may be eligible for up to $37,167 in federal direct unsubsidized loans.

All admitted students are reviewed for institutional academic merit scholarships, and professional merit scholarships. Our financial aid office takes a holistic approach to reviewing scholarship candidates. Recipients are determined based on the overall strength of their application and how their application ranks in comparison to their peers within their department. Merit award amounts can range from $7,500-$30,000 per year. Need based grants are based off your FAFSA. To be eligible for review, students must have received pell grant funding and/or borrowed federal subsidized loans at the undergraduate level. Your expected family contribution (EFC) determined by the FAFSA, must fall below $10,000. Award amounts can range between $7,500-$10,000 per year. All funding is contingent upon funding availability. 

When calculating the student budget, special accommodations may be made for students with additional expenses like child care or a computer purchase. Students should set up a meeting with a Financial Aid Officer to discuss. Note: It is very uncommon for financial aid to make accommodations for anything other than rent expenses, a one-time purchase of a computer, or child care.

For information on tuition and fees please visit our Tuition and Fees page to see current costs.

To schedule an appointment with a Financial Aid Officer, please our plan a visit page.

Develop a Budget

There are five steps involved in developing your in-school budget:

  1. Identify your financial goals (i.e. what you need vs. what you want)
  2. Calculate your non-loan financial resources (i.e. grants, jobs)
  3. Estimate your education expenses (i.e. tuition/fees, books, supplies, etc.)
  4. Estimate your living expenses (renting vs. housing)
  5. Do the math. A deficit, if any, represents the amount you may need to borrow.

For any related questions or information on waiving your health insurance fee, please contact Student Health Services at 212-305-3400 or visit the Student Handbook.


It is important that you build up some form of liquid savings that can be used prior to arriving on campus. This will help you cover initial costs such as the first month's rent, security deposits, moving expenses, etc. while waiting for your financial aid to deposit into your student account.

All students who enroll in a degree program must arrive in New York City with at least one month of living expenses (preferably two), as the federal loan disbursement process does not take place until two weeks into the start of every semester.

If you have any further questions or concerns please email us.