23 Dec 2015

NYU Tells Student To Give Up Applying To School Because He’s Too Poor

An official from New York University just threw the school into the spotlight after his response to an email from a Brown University senior asking to waive the fee to an application went viral for its insensitivity toward low-income students.
Joshua Jackson
Joshua Jackson via Twitter
Joshua Jackson had asked for the $65 application fee at NYU to be waived, and received a response from Dan Sandford, director of graduate admissions at Tisch School of the Arts (one of NYU’s schools) that he never would have expected. First, Sandford stated that no, Jackson could not have a waiver, but then he went further.
Sandford told Jackson that if students can’t afford to pay the application fee, they shouldn’t apply – and then gave some condescending advice on how they should go about finding away to fund their schooling. Sandford wrote:
“Please do not take this the wrong way but if $65 is a hardship for you how will you be able to pay the tuition of $60,000…Maybe you should give yourself a year off looking at ways to fund your graduate education. That way, if you apply to a fine school and are offered admission along with a good but not complete financial aid package you will be in a better position to accept it by bringing some resources of your own to the table.”
Email from Dan Sandford
And Sandford was just getting started. The director of graduate admissions that stated that the school’s application fee was “quite low” in comparison to other schools (the most common application fee of U.S. colleges is $50), and NYU couldn’t budget for fee waivers. Sandford closed his email by saying that despite the bad news, he hoped it wouldn’t “dampen your resolve to apply” – even though he’d just told Jackson to reconsider graduate school if he couldn’t afford application fees.
Jackson used this awful treatment to raise awareness for low-income students, and blasted the college on Twitter. He posted screenshots of his email with Sandford, asking the college to “please explain.”
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As Jackson’s tweets started to go viral, people began calling the school out. Some even responded to Jackson, offering to pay his fee. One of the people who responded was NYU alum and 30 Rock star Keith Powell:
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It didn’t take long before NYU answered. Allyson Green, dean of the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, released a statement that said “contrary to the information” Jackson received, NYU “does and will waive application fees for students in need” and fulfilled Jackson’s request for a fee waiver.
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That statement was given to Inside Higher Ed, who then challenged NYU’s claim that the school would waive fees for low-income students. Inside Higher Ed pointed out that the college’s website promotes a similar attitude to Sandford by saying it cannot waive fees due to its budget.
In response, the Tisch School’s spokeswoman told the publication that several waivers were available each year, but “only on request.” She also said the website would be updated to reflect that policy.
Despite whining about budget limitations, NYU failed to mention that its current President, John Sexton, takes home $1.5 million a year, was enrolled in a university loan program that helps college administrators afford vacation homes and is getting a $2.5 million bonus. He’ll also be getting $800,000 in retirement – PER YEAR. But, you know, letting $65 slide so that a poor college kid can get an education is going to mess up the budget.


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