• Benefits
  • The New School is committed to providing an array of comprehensive benefits intended to meet the needs of faculty and staff and their eligible dependents. This site provides you with detailed information on the benefit plans and programs, as well as eligibility requirements, cost of coverage, and the enrollment process. If you need additional assistance, please contact benefitshelp@newschool.edu or call 212.229.5671 x4942.

    Read more about how the university has supported the well-being of our faculty and staff during the pandemic and beyond.

    COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Policies


    Faculty and staff can obtain over-the-counter tests through their Aetna benefits. This coverage is part of all Aetna healthcare plan options for eligible plan participants. In addition, the university's prescription plan covers up to eight free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests per member every 30 days. Learn more about obtaining at-home tests from Express Scripts. Below are additional resources to help you find low- or no-cost testing:

    • COVID-19: Express Testing: Schedule an appointment at one of the Health Department's free Express Testing locations, which usually return test results within a few hours. Testing is available regardless of immigration status.
    • NYC Health + Hospitals Testing Sites: Find locations where you can get free at-home tests. You can also visit the Health + Hospitals facility for testing, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.

    How do I interpret COVID test results?

    • A positive rapid antigen or PCR test is reliable and should not be repeated. 
    • A negative rapid antigen test should be repeated two times, 48 hours apart before relying upon the results.
    • In the interim, if you have symptoms, you should proceed as though you have a COVID infection.


    Masks are not generally required unless you are isolating, but they are recommended when you are in crowded indoor settings and if you are living with someone who currently has a COVID infection. Masks help mitigate increased risk for respiratory illnesses including COVID-19, flu, and RSV. Free masks are available at vending machines throughout campus.


    COVID vaccines are strongly recommended but not required for all community members. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved and recommended the use of the new, updated 2023–2024 COVID-19 vaccines for everyone six months of age and older. Due to current variants that are evading natural and vaccine-related immunity, it is important for all New School community members to receive the updated vaccine, in accordance with the recommendations for your age and risk level.

    Employees in New York state may continue to take up to four hours off from work, with pay, to get vaccinated against COVID-19 until December 31, 2023.

    Employees Caring for Family Members

    Employees who regularly care for a family member who is at higher risk for severe complications from COVID-19 may be eligible for time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Further, staff members may be covered by NYS Paid Family Leave. Please contact benefitshelp@newschool.edu for all leave inquiries.

  • Contact Us

    Office of Human Resources
    212.229.5671 (general number) 

    HR Help
    212.229.5671 x4964
    Fax: 212.229.5884

    Benefits Help
    212.229.5671 x4942 
    Fax: 646.843.3656

    Payroll Help
    212.229.5671 x4963
    Fax: 646.843.3651

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Submit your application


To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.