IMPORTANT TIP FOR DEALING WITH NYU FINANCIAL AID OFFICE:
If they are being extremely difficult, tell the Admissions Office about it!
Got a scholarship from NYU, with deadline to accept of 4/2. Got extention until 4/7 (today!) so that I could get my award from Columbia. My award from Columbia ended up being twice as much as the one I got from NYU. I told NYU about Columbia's award, and submitted an offical "appeal" for them to reevaluate my award.
I requested another extention, so that I could go to Columbia admitted students day, and get the response to my appeal. I was denied. I called the office, they said there was nothing that they could do, and I wouldn't hear back about whether they had increased my award until after I had comitted to going to NYU. What???
So I called admissions and told them about it. The person who answered the phone was so helpful and understanding, talked me down from my frustration, and gave me the direct e-mail addresses to the dean and assistant dean of admissions, and told me that if I didn't hear from them soon to call him again.
But I never had to call him again, because within two hours the assitant dean had moved me to the front of the queue, matched my award from Columbia, and given me another extention until 4/9 (Friday).
I give NYU admissions 5 stars!