Federal Student Aid

Most students at NewSchool use some form of federal student aid. The federal government offers several financial aid programs to help you pay for school, including grants and loans. To find out what aid may be available to you, you must first determine your eligibility by applying for aid.

To apply for federal student aid, you will need to get your FSA ID and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.

If you are planning on starting your coursework in Summer 2021 or later and wish to use federal student aid to help finance your education, fill out the 2021-2022 FAFSA and use school code 030439. The 2021-2022 FAFSA can be submitted until June 30, 2022. Students starting in Spring 2021 may complete the 2020-21 FAFSA.

Helpful Tips: Make note of your FSA ID and be sure you have your 2019 tax return information handy when you fill out the FAFSA. If you are a dependent student, your parents will need an FSA ID, as well, and you will also need their tax information to complete your FAFSA.

Federal and State Student Aid Deadlines

Many states have additional financial aid programs available to their residents, and deadlines may differ. You will need to plan ahead. For example, the deadline for both CalGrant and California Dream Act applications is March 2, 2021.

To learn more about CalGrant, the California Dream Act, and other states’ programs, visit https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa/fafsa-deadlines

After You Apply for Aid

Once you have submitted your FAFSA, let NewSchool know. Your Enrollment Specialist will help you set up an appointment with our Financial Aid office. They will go over costs and your aid eligibility with you and advise you on next steps.

Want to Learn More?

FAQs and in-depth information about the FAFSA and federal student aid for both students and their parents can be found at: https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa/filling-out/help

When is tuition due?

Your tuition balance is due on the first day of class unless you have created a payment plan in your student portal. We currently use an outside vendor, ECSI, to manage student payment plans. A link to set up your account with ECSI is available through the “Student Services” tab of the student portal via the “Manage Your Tuition Payment Plan” link.

Payment plans must be set up by the first of the month of the term start. If you have a past due balance, please contact the Business Office before setting up a payment plan. We can be reached at 1-877-747-3566. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 6:30 AM to 4 PM PST.

Where is my bill?

You can view and print your bill from your student portal at the “Account Summary by Term” link in the “Student Services” tab 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How do I pay my bill?

  • Online – You can make one-time payments online by visiting https://easypath.esci.net/7I/802/Epay?pId=796 or at the “Manage Your Account/Pay Your Bill” link in the student portal
  • By phone – Use a checking account, savings account, debit or credit card to make a payment by phone at 1-877-747-3566, Monday through Friday, 6:30 AM to 4 PM PST
  • By mail – Send to: NewSchool of Architecture & Design, Attn: Business Office, 1249 F St., San Diego, CA 92101

Do you have a payment plan and how does it work?

Our interest-free payment plans allow you to pay tuition by splitting your budget (your balance due) into 3 monthly payments in our quarterly plan or into 9 monthly payments using our annual plan. Your budget is the cost of your tuition and fees minus the financial aid you receive.

For example: Your budget for the quarter is $1,500.  Under the quarter plan, you would pay $500 on the first of each month for 3 months.  Under an annual plan, with a budget of $1,500 each quarter for 3 quarters (FALL, WIN, and SPR) or $4,500 total, you would pay $500 on the first of each month for 9 months.

To set up a payment plan, go to your student portal, under the “Student Services” tab, find the link for “Manage Your Tuition Payment Plan.”  Follow the “get started” link to enter your personal information, select your plan and your budget amount. You will be charged a one-time account set-up fee of $25.  You will use this same link to make your payments each month. That’s it.

Questions? Feel free to call us or email us at StudentAccounts@newschoolarch.edu.

Click here for Financial Aid FAQs.

Mailing Address
1249 F Street | San Diego, CA 92101

Office Hours
Monday – Friday | 8 AM – 4 PM (Pacific)

Office of Financial Aid Hotline
(619) 684-8818

Contact Information
finaid@newschoolarch.edu

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