Types of Financial Aid

Explore the many financial and merit aid options available for List College students:

Apply for List College Financial Aid.

Merit Aid

List College recognizes students' academic achievements and exceptional talents through merit aid scholarships. Students studying at List College may qualify for generous scholarships, including:

The Fellows Program
The Fellows Program is offered to five or six incoming students each year. Fellows participate in an enriched curriculum, taking small seminars conducted by distinguished JTS scholars. Outside the classroom, fellows attend dinners and lectures sponsored by the program. Fellows have taken private tours of The Jewish Museum, seen Tony-nominated Broadway shows, and dined at kosher steakhouses. The Fellows scholarship is approximately $14,000.

The Dean's Award
Students with superior high school achievements are rewarded with an annual award of approximately $7,000.

Achievement Award
Students with superior high school achievements are rewarded with an annual award of $2,000.

Hodas Service Award
An endowment fund from the estate of alumnus Nathan Hodas provides a $4,500 grant to an entering student who has distinguished himself or herself through community service.

Ramah Leadership Award
A grant of $1,000 is given to two entering students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and extraordinary commitment to the ideals of Camp Ramah.

United Synagogue Youth Leadership Award
A $1,000 grant is given to an incoming student who has demonstrated a commitment to United Synagogue Youth. A second $1,000 grant is available for an exemplary USY member who defers admission to participate in Nativ.

Metsch Award
Alumni Ben and Lisa Metsch sponsor two $1,000 awards for incoming students who have been active in the Jewish community but whose Jewish education has been primarily informal.

YAD Award
The Young Alumni Division of List College provides a $500 award to an incoming student who displays remarkable potential.

Young Writers Award
A $500 scholarship is given to an incoming student who demonstrates writing excellence in his or her admissions essay.

Legacy Award
A $500 scholarship is given to an incoming student whose parent(s), sibling(s), or relative(s) have attended List College or The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Family Fund
A $500 scholarship is given to incoming students who are the first members of their immediate families to attend college.

Student Loans

JTS participates in the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program made available through the U.S. Department of Education. Students borrow directly from the federal government and have one source to access all information about their loan.

Detailed information regarding the program may be found on the U.S. Department of Education's web site. Federal Direct Stafford Loans are available to students who are enrolled at least half-time and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

The Direct Loan Program offers the following types of student loans:

  • Subsidized: for students with demonstrated financial need, as determined by federal regulations. No interest is charged while a student is in school at least half-time, during the grace period, and during deferment periods.

  • Unsubsidized: not financially need based and interest is charged the first month the loan is disbursed. Interest will accrue on this loan during the time a student is in school as well as during grace and deferment periods

The JTS financial aid office will facilitate and guide you through the student loan process.

Parent Loans

JTS administers the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program which is offered through the U.S. Department of Education.

Parents may apply for a Federal PLUS loan to help paying for their son or daughter's educational costs. PLUS loans are an excellent alternative to using lifetime savings and investments for educational expenses. Parents can borrow to cover educational costs for dependent undergraduate students who are enrolled at least half-time.

The JTS financial aid office will facilitate and guide you through the parent loan process.

New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

TAP awards are based on need. There is no qualifying examination. All applicants must:

  • Be a New York State resident;
  • Be a United States citizen, permanent resident alien, refugee, paroled refugee, or conditional entrant;
  • Be enrolled full-time and matriculated in an approved program at a postsecondary school in New York State;
  • Be in good academic standing;
  • Meet income and dependency requirements specific to TAP;
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan.

Scholarships and Awards for Continuing Students

The Fellowship in Jewish Social Entrepreneurship (FJSE) was launched in January 2009 to provide training and support to List College students who wish to enhance their skills as Jewish social entrepreneurs. The fellowship is open to students in their junior or senior years who have had previous volunteer or paid experience in the social sector.

Throughout the academic year, fellows serve as interns at a variety of organizations dedicated to social change. Interns typically perform ten-to-twelve hours per week of service. In addition, participants will attend a biweekly seminar designed to help cultivate connections between Judaism, activism, and professional achievements. A $5,000 stipend will be offered to participants in the fellowship.

What makes the FJSE unique is the opportunity to synthesize Jewish learning and values with the commitment to civic engagement, social service, and justice.

Download the Fellowship application or contact Assistant Dean Rebecca Hammerman at rehammerman@jtsa.edu or (212) 678-8826 with questions.

Undergraduate Awards in Jewish Education

List College sponsors three awards for continuing students who intend to pursue careers in the field of Jewish education:

  • Sylvia and Harry Skolnick Award of $5,500: awarded annually to two students. Recipients are expected to work in a Jewish educational setting, one year for each year they receive this fellowship.

  • Ganya Becker Spinrad Memorial Award of $1,000.

  • Alumni Association Education Scholarship in Honor of Sylvia Ettenberg: stipend of $7,000 for students intending to pursue an MA at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary. Recipients are expected to work in a Jewish educational setting, one year for each year they receive this fellowship.

Students apply for these awards according to the schedule published by the Dean's Office each spring.

Summer Internship Scholarship Fund
The family of Elie Schwartz (z"l) has established a scholarship fund at List College to honor his memory. The fund will be used for students interested in careers in business, providing summer stipends that will enable List College students to take unpaid internships to explore aspects of the business world. In establishing the scholarship fund, Elie's family hopes to meet a real need at the college while perpetuating Elie's love for both Jewish life and business.

Students involved in unpaid internships are eligible for this scholarship grant, which is awarded on a competitive basis. Award amounts vary, depending on the duration of the internship, merit of the internship, and available funding. Students apply for this award according to the schedule published by the Dean's Office each spring.

Outside Scholarships

We encourage students to explore outside scholarship opportunities from other organizations or community groups. List College does not decrease institutional aid for any students who receive outside scholarships.