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Financing Your Degree

Financing a graduate education is a serious and understandable concern for many prospective students. Understanding how to pay for a graduate degree can be confusing, given the wide range of information available on the different resources and opportunities available to public health students. Along with the NYU Office of Financial Aid, we are committed to helping prospective students understand how they can make an MPH degree a reality.

The vast majority of MPH students finance their education through a variety of sources, including:

  • Program scholarships
  • Student loans
  • Full or part-time work
  • Family assistance
  • Employer tuition support 

Program Scholarships

The NYU MPH program offers program scholarships to selected applicants demonstrating an excellent academic and employment record and strong leadership potential.  

  • Scholarships can range anywhere from $5,000 - $15,000 per year and renew automatically each year as long as the student continues to maintain good academic standing.
  • All applications are automatically reviewed for scholarship consideration. There is no separate application form necessary to be considered for a scholarship.
  • All scholarship notifications are made at the time of admission and admitted students are notified of their scholarship status in their admission letters.
  • Domestic and international applicants are both considered for program scholarships on the same basis.

As even the largest scholarship award does not cover the full cost of tuition, prospective students are strongly encouraged to explore the resources on this page to help plan in advance how to meet the full cost of an MPH education.

Student Loans

The majority of MPH students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents take advantage of federal loan programs offered by the U.S. Department of Education to finance their MPH education.   In order to access these loans, students need to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for each year they will be using federal loan programs.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans: The U.S. Department of Education offers low-interest loans to eligible students to help cover the cost of their graduate degree.  Students are potentially eligible to receive up to $35,778 in Direct Unsubsidized Loans per 11-month academic year, regardless of personal or spousal income.

Federal Direct PLUS Loan: US citizens and permanent residents are potentially eligible to apply for Graduate PLUS loan funding each academic year. This credit-based loan can be used to cover tuition and fees and provide you with funding for living expenses.

Private Loans: Students who require additional assistance may apply for education loans through private lenders.

Other important information about student loans:


We know that debt matters when you are considering graduate schools and also the types of jobs you take after graduating. The Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and the Income-Based Repayment plans are two options that will allow some borrowers to be eligible for loan forgiveness and/or reduced monthly payment amounts.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness: This program was created to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full time in public service jobs.  The program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.  Qualifying employers include government organizations at any level (federal, state, local, or tribal); not-for-profit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; and other types of not-for-profit organizations that provide certain types of qualifying public services.

Income-Driven Repayment Plans: Income-driven repayment plans are designed to make student loan debt more manageable by reducing the monthly payment amount.  There are three income-driven plans: Income-Based Repayment Plan (IBR Plan); Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan (Pay As You Earn Plan); and the Income-Contingent Repayment Plan (ICR Plan).

Student Employment Opportunities

As almost all courses in the MPH program are in the evenings, many MPH students work full or part-time during the day to help defray their tuition costs.  While some students are able to obtain paid work that is highly relevant to their public health interests, many students work in administrative or professional capacities, on-campus or off, to earn money to help support themselves while enrolled.  

  • The CGPH maintains the Public Health CareerLink, which is a daily updated resource of public health jobs, internships, fellowships and volunteer positions.  Through CareerLink, students can complete a personal & academic profile, submit a resume, and sign up for upcoming events.
  • NYU has a wide array of on-campus jobs available, such as: administrative assistants, photo imaging technicians, IT techs, phone surveyors, housing resource center assistants, tutors, research assistants, newspaper reporters, medical assistants, gym personnel, sales assistant, etc.  Students can identify and apply to these opportunities via the Wasserman Center for Career Development.
  • As part of a financial aid package, many U.S. citizens or permanent residents receive Federal Work Study (FWS).  FWS is a federal program that grants funds to NYU to enhance on-campus part-time work opportunities for masters level students.  The funding allows NYU to assist students in financing the costs of postsecondary education through part time employment.  Students have the option to either accept or decline Federal Work-Study when accepting their financial aid package and work with the Wasserman Center to identify eligible on-campus positions.




External Scholarship Funding

For a comprehensive database of extra funding resources along with curated scholarships for graduate students in the public health field that can help minimize the cost of your degree, please visit the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.

NYU Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship Program

The NYU Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship Program offers a select group of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) leadership development programming and financial support while pursuing a degree at the College of Global Public Health. The program consists of a 50% tuition scholarship and participation in leadership development programming overseen by the NYU Leadership Initiative. All NYU Coverdell Fellows must complete an internship at an organization that serves an underserved community in the greater New York City metropolitan area. 

Please see here for instructions on how to apply for the Coverdell Fellowship at the NYU College of Global Public Health.  

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