The Graduate School has put together a checklist to help you get started here at NYU.
- Submit Your Final and Official Transcript
- Contact Your Academic Department
- Activate Your NetID and NYU email
- Technology Requirements
- Know the Difference: NetID vs. University
- Getting Your NYU ID Card
- Familiarize Yourself: NYUHome and ALBERT
- Update Your Contact Information
- Health Insurance Options
- Learn About Financial Aid Options
- Register for Classes
- Pay Your Bill
- Apply for Transfer Credit
1. Submit Your Final and Official Transcript
If you have not done so already, you must provide official transcript(s) showing conferral of all degree(s) and any graduate-level work (if applicable). Each transcript must be an original official transcript with the registrar’s stamp or signature. Scanned, photocopied or uploaded transcripts submitted as part of your application for admission do not fulfill this requirement.
To avoid jeopardizing your enrollment at GSAS, you must provide your official transcript(s) to Graduate Enrollment Services prior to your first term of registration. Please use the correct mailing address.
For more detailed information, please visit Academic Transcript Information for New Students Enrolling in GSAS.
2. Contact Your Academic Department
GSAS Departments and Programs
Your individual academic department is the go-to for all of your academic, degree-specific information. If your department hasn’t emailed you yet, feel free to reach out to them.
At your department, the Graduate Administrator will assist you with academic advisement and familiarize you with the policies and procedures specific to your program. You will learn how to register for available courses, and find out about program-specific requirements at your department.
Please check back soon for a link to your program's new student orientation.
4. Activate Your NetID and NYU email
All admitted students are required to have a NetID, a password, and a University ID number. Applicants are assigned a University ID number, commonly called an "N number," at the time of application.
Your NYU email address is your NetID@nyu.edu.
Instructions to activate your NetID
Learn about NYU email
Instructions to activate your NYU email, calendar and other NYU Google apps
If you prefer to use an email program on your desktop computer or mobile device to access NYU email, you will need to set a separate Google Apps password. Instructions for setting up a separate Google Apps password.
5. Technology Requirements
6. Know the Difference Between Your NetID and Your University ID Number (N Number)
Your University ID number (commonly called your "N number") is the number you are given when your application is processed. You can find it in your acceptance letter or on your ALBERT account, under Student Center (your NetID needs to already be activated to access ALBERT).
Your NetID is your username for all NYU online services, including your NYUHome account, ALBERT, NYU wi-fi, as well as off-campus access to the New York University Libraries resources. Your NetID is also the prefix for your NYU email address (example: firstname.lastname@example.org). Additionally, you can choose to use it as a username/login at centers on campus, like the Student Career Services and the Campus Writing Center, which have their individual username/password logins.
Once you get your NYU ID Card, you can find both your NetID and your N Number above the barcode on the back of your card.
7. Getting Your NYU ID Card
Your NYU student ID, known as your NYUCard, entitles you to various privileges and potential uses on and off campus, including discounts to the NYU Bookstore and free museum access.
The first step in obtaining an NYU ID card is to visit photoid.nyu.edu and to submit a photo online. This must be done by the start of your first semester. You can get more details and learn about the photo submission guidelines at photoid.nyu.edu.
Please note that the name printed on your NYUCard will be your Preferred Name. Before submitting your photo, check your account in the Albert Student Center, to ensure your preferred name matches what you want to appear on the NYUCard.
Your NYUCard will be mailed directly to you by your academic department.
8. Familiarize Yourself with Your NYUHome and ALBERT Account
Your NYUHome account is your virtual NYU command center for all NYU academic and administrative resources. Make sure to familiarize yourself with NYUHome and Albert before classes start; feel free to click around on your own to see what resources are available to you. You can also watch online tutorials to learn how to use the NYU tools found on NYUHome. For example:
For additional training and help, sign up for training and workshops offered by ITS.
9. Update Contact Information
Please take the time to review, verify and update your contact information, which can be found under the "Personal Information" section of the Student Center on NYUHome (you must enter ALBERT to access your Student Center). Please be sure to review and update both your permanent and local addresses.
Please note that all students will be required to have an "NYU Emergency Alert" cellular phone number and emergency contact information on record in order to be eligible to register for classes. In order to avoid a delay in registering for your classes, we suggest that you verify this information prior to the start of the registration period.
10. Health Insurance Options
Student Health Insurance
New York University offers two student health insurance plans: the Basic Student Health Insurance Plan and the Comprehensive Student Health Insurance Plan.
Online students are not required to enroll in one of NYU’s student health insurance plans, and hence are not automatically enrolled. However, if an online student would like to, one can enroll in the Basic Plan or the Comprehensive Plan. Online enrollment is available on the Student Health Insurance website. Be sure to enroll by the appropriate semester deadlines shown below. Please note: if you select a plan for the fall, you will not be able to change the plan that you are enrolled in for the spring/summer. You must maintain your enrollment in the same plan. The only exception is if you are going to apply to waive the insurance for spring/summer because you have new alternative coverage.
Both the Basic and Comprehensive Plans provide worldwide coverage for medically necessary medical and mental health treatment including hospitalization, laboratory tests, prescriptions, radiology services, physician visits, and medical evacuation and repatriation. Students seeking services in Manhattan must first seek treatment at the Student Health Center.
More details about the differences between the Basic and Comprehensive Plans, and the online enrollment process, can be found in the Student Health Insurance Brochure. Be sure to carefully review the information, before you choose your enrollment option. Be sure to check back once the brochure for 2019-2020 has been released.
- Fall Term – September 30
- Spring Term – February 10
- Summer Term – June 5
Effective dates of coverage:
- Fall 2019: August 21 - January 8
- Spring 2020: January 9 - August 20
- Summer 2020: May 14 - August 20
11. Learn About Financial Aid Options
NYU Office of Financial Aid
Students who wish to be considered for federal or state financial aid, including loans, should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students apply for federal financial aid electronically. Be sure to complete all required sections of the FAFSA. The federal school code number for NYU is 002785. This process is for U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens only.
After the FAFSA has been filed, reviewed and processed, which can take a few weeks, you will receive an email notification that directs you to log onto the ALBERT system and view your suggested financial aid awards. These awards will include information about federal loans and work study (if eligible). If you were awarded funding through your academic department, this award would have been included in your admission letter from GSAS, but may not immediately appear on the ALBERT system. Please do not be concerned if your suggested financial aid award does not include your GSAS award, but keep in mind that:
- Your GSAS award information will be posted in your ALBERT Student Center over the summer.
- Once your GSAS award is posted and viewable in the Financial Aid section of your ALBERT Student Center, you will receive a revised email and instructions on how to secure the financial aid from the Office of Financial Aid.
- Upon notification of your institutional aid, NYU's Office of Financial aid may reduce your suggested loan eligibility by the amount of your GSAS award to stay within your estimated cost of attendance as reflected in your Financial Aid Summary. Please allow time for processing of these adjustments.
- If the receipt of a student loan results in a credit balance, a refund check in your name will automatically be mailed to you. Alternatively, you can sign up for direct deposit.
- The Direct Deposit Program is available to all students receiving support through fellowship or research assistantship. To be eligible for direct deposit, you must have a checking or savings account at a bank that is a member of the Automatic Clearinghouse (most banks are members). If you are enrolled in a direct deposit program and you change your bank account, you must notify the appropriate office so that your payments will be sent to the correct account. Read more about direct deposit. Direct deposit of stipends becomes effective on the second payroll period after the direct deposit request has been implemented.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The U.S. Congress has enacted a number of legislative changes during the past year(s) that have affected the federal loan programs. The Budget Control Act of 2011, signed into federal law in August 2011, includes the following:
Elimination of Loan Interest Subsidy: Effective July 1, 2012, the Subsidized Stafford Loan will no longer be available to graduate and professional students.
Elimination of Loan Fees Rebate: Effective July 1, 2012, the loan rebate fee is eliminated and the full fee will be charged to student borrowers.
New Loan Origination Fees: Find the most up to date origination fees for the Unsubsidized Stafford loan and Graduate Plus loan.
12. Register for Classes
NYU Office of the Registrar
Once you have communicated with your academic advisor, you can register for courses using ALBERT. ALBERT, the NYU student information services website, is easy to use and can provide you with a wealth of up-to-date information that will help you make quicker and more informed decisions about your class schedule. The guidelines on the Registrar website will help you navigate the ALBERT registration pages.
ALBERT is available through the NYUHome web portal. NYUHome is available at: globalhome.nyu.edu. After successfully logging on to NYUHome, students will have the option to access ALBERT. NYUHome will validate your access based on your NetID and password. Once you are on the ALBERT home page, you can access the various features of ALBERT by entering Student Center.
For more information on how to register for classes, you can also use the Student Self-Service Enrollment Guide.
13. Pay Your Bill
NYU Office of the Bursar
The Office of the Bursar is responsible for managing University billing, collecting and refunding. They assist students and parents with various activities related to paying bills and financial services.
View Your Bill
Students can view their bill by going to the NYU Electronic Suite (eSuite). eSuite is a one-stop shop for Student Financial Services.
Each time a bill is generated, students are notified at their NYUHome e-mail address; the eBill notification will only be sent to this address.
Students can also invite parents/authorized users to create an eSuite account with a login name and password. Once the parents/authorized users log in, they can view a student’s eBill statement. Parents or any other authorized user must be invited to create an eSuite account in order to make electronic payments towards your balance. Learn how to set up an authorized user.
Tuition and Fees
2018-2019 tuition rates and fees are available online. Please note that tuition and fees are calculated per credit. Be sure to check back to see 2019-2020 tuition rates and fees once they have been announced.
Billing Date and Payment Due Dates
See billing dates and payment due dates. Be sure to look at the dates under the Graduate section.
Students have a number of options when it comes to paying their bill. Students can pay their tuition bill in full or enroll in one of NYU’s payment plans. There are also different payment methods, including international payments available for students to use. Learn about making payments, payment methods, payment plans and international payments.
A refundable credit balance may result on your student account because of financial aid disbursements, over-payments and/or account adjustments. Refunds caused by financial aid and loan payments are issued after the initial disbursement of financial aid, which generally occurs 10 days prior to the start of the semester. Refunds are processed continually during the semester as aid is credited to the student account.
The fastest way to receive your refund is to enroll in the direct deposit of student refunds. Students who do not enroll in the direct deposit of student refunds will have their refund issued by check.
Refund checks for graduate students who have not enrolled in direct deposit will be mailed to the student’s local address. To ensure receipt of your refund check, it is important to maintain your address in Albert Student Center.
If you have not paid your fees in full, any credit balance you are eligible to receive will be applied to your unpaid balance. If you withdraw from the University or lose eligibility for financial aid due to a change in enrollment, your refund will be returned to the financial aid programs.
Refunds Resulting from Dropping Courses or Complete Semester Withdrawal
If you drop a course or withdraw from the University completely, your tuition and registration fee charges are subject to the university Refund Schedule policy. If you are a financial aid recipient, your refund will not be processed until a calculation is performed to determine the amount of financial aid, if any, you are still eligible to receive.
For the fall and spring semesters, refunds are automatically generated at the beginning the fifth week of classes, unless otherwise noted. You may request your refund before the fifth week of classes by contacting the Office of the Bursar.
Information related to Bursar issues for parents
Third Party Sponsors
Information for third party sponsors regarding the billing process
How to contact the Office of the Bursar
14. Apply for Transfer Credit
GSAS Policies and Procedures Manual and Forms
Students interested in transferring previous graduate level coursework towards their degree at NYU must apply for transfer credit within the first academic year of study. Students in master's programs requiring 30 or 32 points for graduation may transfer up to 6 or 8 points respectively, while those in master's programs requiring 36 or more points may transfer up to 12 points; doctoral students may transfer up to 40 points. Students must fill out the Transfer Credit Request Form and submit it to the Director of Graduate Studies of their department. The application must be accompanied by an official transcript, including English translations when necessary. Please allow four to six weeks for credit evaluation and processing. The department will notify students of the approval or denial of transfer credit requests. The rules and procedures governing transfer credit in the graduate school are contained in the GSAS Policies and Procedures Manual.