Admissions & Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Paying for your graduate education.

Choosing to continue your education is an investment in your future: It can open doors, advance your career, and help you have a greater impact on the lives of others and their communities. At Bank Street, our goal is to help you make the best choice to achieve your goals and provide you with the resources to help you fund your education.

Each year, Bank Street’s Office of Financial Aid administers over $8.5 million in financial aid to students. A majority of our students receive financial aid, and incoming students who earn up to $80,000 a year (or significantly more for students with families) are likely to qualify for a need-based scholarship at Bank Street. Our scholarship program makes the cost of attending Bank Street Graduate School of Education competitive with most other private schools in the New York region.

We encourage you to apply for financial aid at the same time that you complete your admissions application. To apply, follow the steps below.

How to Apply

Visit Federal Student Aid Website

Important Information About Submitting Your FAFSA

The financial aid process at Bank Street consists of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  To be given maximum consideration for financial aid, you should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Our financial aid offers are based on the information you reported in your FAFSA. Until we receive your FAFSA data, we cannot provide you with a financial aid offer letter containing your scholarship and loan eligibility. Financial Aid offer letters are sent via email after you have been admitted into a Bank Street College Program.

Term Semester Start Admissions Financial Aid (FAFSA)
Summer 2024 (all terms) Summer One & Long (End of May), Summer Two (end of June) 2023-24 Graduate or Certification Application 2023-2024 FAFSA
Fall 2024 Beginning of September 2024-25 Graduate or Certification Application 2024-2025 FAFSA

Still have questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us at

Graduate student with laptop at library

Learn About Bank Street Scholarships

Every year, Bank Street awards approximately $1.4 million in scholarships. A majority of our students receive financial aid, with scholarships covering up to 30% of tuition. Scholarship opportunities include:

  • Program-based
  • External scholarships
  • Diversity initiatives
  • Public school-focused programs
  • Career changer opportunities
  • Bank Street scholarships for first-year students (generally for two years or for the entire master’s degree program)
  • Bank Street scholarships for continuing students (one-year scholarships)

To learn more about scholarships at Bank Street, follow the link below.

View Scholarships

On Our Blog: ``Let's Talk About Financial Aid``

Did you know that applying for financial aid in graduate school is different than in an undergraduate program? By the time you enter graduate school, you may have greater access to financial aid assistance. If you are applying to Bank Street, we encourage you to also apply for financial aid to determine your eligibility. Federal student aid, including grants, can significantly reduce your financial obligation without adding to student debt. Learn more about financial aid in our Graduate Admissions blog post, “Let’s Talk About Financial Aid at Bank Street.”
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Meet Our Alumni: Evi Rivera-Williams

Evi Rivera-Williams, GSE ’99, Bank Street Graduate School of Education alumna and current Bank Street School for Children teacher, shares why Bank Street was the right choice for her to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. “One thing I appreciate about Bank Street is that it stays true to its mission in the nurturing of lifelong learning,” said Rivera-Williams.
Mark McCook
Empowering Bank Street Students
I have been working with children for 10 years in a variety of settings, and my passion has been working in the pre-K classroom because I enjoy setting and building the foundation at such an early age and seeing them grow from the beginning of the year until the end and making their next transition. My scholarship helps me financially, as well as professionally, and it inspires me that I can motivate, encourage, and inspire young children to pursue their dreams and education for this reason.
Mark McCook
Current Student; Wallace Reader's Digest Scholarship Recipient
Delia Meza
Empowering Bank Street Students
I am the youngest daughter of immigrant parents. From a very young age, my parents have instilled in me the importance of hard work, education, and never giving up on one’s dreams. Since the beginning of my studies at Bank Street, my advisors and professors have helped me become more confident in my own voice and are giving me tools to create more equitable experiences in museums. I aspire to be an educator who cultivates students’ strong sense of self-awareness and self confidence to become critical thinkers and knwoledgeable leaders.
Delia Meza
Current Student; Alumni Opportunity Scholarship Recipient
Lindsay McGrath
Empowering Bank Street Students
I was initially drawn to Bank Street because of its focus on social justice, inclusion, and advocacy, which are very important to me in education. My scholarships enabled me to attend Bank Street College, and I have had incredible, meaningful learning experiences throughout my time here. I am so grateful that I was able to attend. Thank you so much to the donors for their generosity and support. They are helping me achieve my goals and I am grateful.
Lindsay Vandervoort McGrath
Current Student; Jill Iscol Scholarship Recipient