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University Partnership: NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
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City Year is proud to partner with NYU Wagner, a premiere graduate school that has been educating the world’s public service leaders since 1938,
offering 50% annual tuition scholarships.


NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service prepares public service leaders to translate ideas into actions that have an effective and lasting impact on the public good. Our faculty’s research changes the way people frame, understand, and act on important public issues. We provide our students with critical skills, access to all that New York City has to offer, and a deep understanding of context surrounding public service challenges—which they use to improve cities and communities across the globe.

Benefits offered by NYU Wagner

Scholarship Amount 50% tuition scholarship
Number of Scholarships Awarded Annually 2
Application Fee Waiver Yes
Enrollment Deferral One-year deferral

Eligibility & Additional Info 
  • 50% Tuition Scholarship.  The award will be in the amount of 50% of tuition, for up to 2 City Year corps, alumni, or staff members per year. NYU Wagner will not apply scholarship against tuition for coursework that is not applicable to one of its relevant degree-bearing programs.
  • The scholarship may be renewed in subsequent years of the program up to 2 year(s) for full-time students or 4 years for part-time students.  
  • Scholarships awarded to City Year AmeriCorps members and alumni for at least one year of service and City Year staff members employed for at least two years.
  • NYU Wagner will permit admitted students to defer enrollment by one year if they decide to stay with City Year for additional time before starting their studies.
  • Scholarships described above represent the minimum awards; applicants will be considered for additional merit-based aid based on the academic strength of the application.

Eligible Programs:
Master of Public Administration – Public & Non-Profit Management & Policy

Master of Public Administration – Health Policy & Management

Master of Urban Planning

Master of Science in Public Policy
Learn more:


To Apply

Visit to create an account and apply online.

Additional Instructions for City Year applicants:

  • Step 1: Request your official letter of City Year program participation:
    • Email the City Year Alumni & Career Services Department at
    • Include "NYU Wagner: City Year verification letter request” in the subject line, the site where you served, and the dates of service in the email
    • After receiving your letter, upload it into your NYU Wagner Application (see step 2)
  • Step 2:  Identify your City Year affiliation, access the application fee waiver and apply for the scholarship:
    • In your NYU Wagner application, navigate to the “Wagner Community” page and select “City Year” in the “Affiliations” section
    • Click “Continue” at the bottom of the screen
    • You will see a “Fee Waiver Request” tab appear in the left navigation bar – click on that tab
    • Upload your official letter of City Year program participation to this page
    • After your verification letter is uploaded, please submit your application without payment.  After your application has been reviewed and verified by NYU Wagner Admissions, you will be notified that your fee waiver is formally approved 


To Contact the Admissions Office

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. Corps members, alumni and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines, and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.