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The School of Public Affairs offers several scholarships to incoming and continuing students. Criteria for these merit-based scholarships are academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to public service. Scholarships are generally applied directly to tuition. Admitted applicants are automatically considered for scholarships depending on the funding available. Scholarship applications for continuing students are made available in March for the following fall semester. All continuing students who qualify will be notified of application availability via mail.
All entering full-time students are eligible for Graduate Assistantships. Interested students should complete the Graduate Assistantship Application (pages 19 & 20 of the Graduate Application). Graduate Assistants work for faculty members for an average of 20 hours per week on research and public administration projects. Stipends vary, but on average students are paid $17/ hour. Some GA positions include tuition. As these positions are competitive, so early application submission is strongly encouraged. The priority deadline for GA applications is April 1.
Federal aid for graduate students includes Federal Work-Study, Federal Direct Loans, and Federal Perkins Loans. New York State provides the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for eligible graduate students who are New York State residents.
Federal aid is awarded directly through the Office of Financial Aid in accordance with requirements established by federal law. Federal aid requires a separate application, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who apply early for federal aid, are considered for Federal Work-Study positions and/or Federal Perkins Loans for the upcoming academic year. Students interested in Federal Direct Loans may apply by submitting a loan application in addition to filing a FAFSA. First-time borrowers must attend a personal pre-loan interview before the loan is disbursed. TAP is awarded directly by New York State. Students apply for TAP by first filing the FAFSA and then completing the follow-up application for the New York State program.
For more information, please visit their website at www.baruch.cuny.edu/financialaid. If you are interested in applying for financial aid, we encourage you to visit the Office of Financial Aid at 151 East 25th Street, New York, NY. No appointment is necessary.