Frequently Asked Questions - QuestBridge Program

Yale has been a proud QuestBridge partner college since 2007. QuestBridge is a non-profit program that “matches” high-achieving low-income students with partner colleges. There are 35 partner colleges, including Yale. The National College Match scholarship is a full scholarship, including the full cost of tuition and the full cost of room and board.  Since 2007, over 185 students have matched with Yale through the National College Match and more than 735 QuestBridge Finalists have been admitted through our regular application process on need-based financial aid.

Unlike many other partner schools, a Yale match is nonbinding, which means that if you apply to Yale through QuestBridge, you may still apply to other schools as a Regular Decision applicant. Students have until May 1 to respond to an offer of admission from Yale.

QuestBridge will forward us your QuestBridge application.  We also require applicants to submit the Common Application and Yale specific-questions as well as a few additional items. The deadline for submitting these materials is November 1, 2015. If you are submitting materials by mail, the postmark deadline is November 1. You must submit the following no later than November 1:

  • Common Application and Yale Specific-Questions
  • Teacher Recommendations (2)
  • Secondary School Report (including your official high school transcript and counselor recommendation)
  • Your official score reports for the SAT OR the ACT with Writing (official score reports from your school counselor will also be accepted). Yale requires you to submit all score results from whichever type of standardized test you have chosen. For more information on Yale’s score reporting policy, please refer to Standardized Testing FAQs. The last eligible test date for the Match is September 12 for the ACT, and October 13 for the SAT.
  • The financial aid documents listed below. Please submit them to Yale by fax at 203.777.6114. Clearly type or write your full name, your Yale Applicant ID Number (if you rank Yale, you will receive this via email after Finalists are announced), and "QuestBridge" on all pages:
  1. The QuestBridge Yale University Cover Sheet for Financial Documents.
  2. Your parents’ 2014 federal income tax return (signed, with all schedules, attachments, W-2s, and other earnings statements). Include personal and corporate/partnership tax returns, if applicable.
  3. The 2016-2017 CSS/PROFILE Application. You must submit this electronically.
  4. If your parents are divorced or legally separated, your non-custodial parent should also submit his/her tax return, W-2s, and a copy of the Noncustodial PROFILE, available when you complete the CSS/PROFILE.
  5. If your parents are self-employed, they should submit the CSS Business/Farm Supplement directly to Yale.

If your parents are not required to file a 2014 federal income tax return, please have them complete the 2015-2016 Parent Non-Tax Filer Statement.

QuestBridge will notify applicants of their status as Finalists or Non-Finalists on October 21.

Finalists who applied for a match, but did not match with a binding school and did not list Yale as a match institution may apply to Yale through Regular Decision. You must make sure that all your required application materials are submitted by January 1.  Please refer to Yale's Regular Decision Requirements on the QuestBridge website for more information. Non-Finalists may apply to Yale through Single-Choice Early Action (deadline: November 1) or Regular Decision (deadline: January 1).

In addition to the QuestBridge application essays and teacher recommendations, do I need to write new essays for the Common Application and request two more Teacher Evaluations to be considered in either the National College Match or regular decision pool at Yale?

No. We encourage you to reuse the same essays you used for QuestBridge on the Common Application and Yale-specific questions. You may also inform your original recommenders that, unless leading up Yale’s application deadlines they feel differently about your candidacy, they can reuse their original letters when submitting the Common Application Teacher Evaluations.

 Depending on your situation, this question has different answers.

  • There is no fee to apply for the QuestBridge Match process.  
  • If you’re a QuestBridge Finalist not participating in the Match and you want to apply as a Regular Decision or Single-Choice Early Action candidate, you can request that Yale waive the $80 application fee when you apply. When filling out the Common Application for Regular Decision or Single-Choice Early Action, indicate you meet one of the indicators of economic need.
  • If you’re a QuestBridge Non-Finalist, you may still qualify for a fee waiver. Please visit our Application Instructions page for more information on how to request a fee waiver.

QuestBridge will notify finalists of their match status on December 1. If you have any questions about your status as a College Match Finalist or Scholar, please contact QuestBridge directly.

Yes. We will consider all applicants regardless of citizenship.

Interviews are not required. If you’re planning to visit Yale during the summer or fall, you may schedule an on-campus interview by using the Online Interview Scheduler. During the QuestBridge College Match process, we also offer a limited number of off-campus interviews. We will contact you directly if we are able to offer you an interview near where you live. For Single-Choice Early Action and Regular Decision applications, our standard interview instructions apply.

If you ranked Yale but didn't match with Yale, you will automatically be considered for Regular Decision unless you withdraw your application. If you match with a binding school, your application will not be considered in Regular Decision.

If you’re not named a College Match Finalist, you’re welcome to apply to Yale via Single-Choice Early Action or Regular Decision using the Common Application and Yale-specific questions, including the Yale Writing Supplement. Standard Yale application requirements apply. We do not accept QuestBridge application materials for Non-Finalists. For more information on Regular Decision requirements, please visit our Freshman Application Process page.

QuestBridge College Match applicants are evaluated using the same standards as all Yale applicants, taking into account the context of a student’s high school program, family circumstances, and personal achievements. The timing and notification of the decision vary slightly because of the QuestBridge application timeline.

Yale will only offer admission through the National College Match to students whose parents qualify to make zero contribution to college costs. Typically, this includes families with a total income of less than $65,000 per year, though Yale does consider family assets, business ownership, and other special circumstances in addition to annual income. If you are not eligible for zero parental contribution and therefore not eligible for the National College Match program at Yale, you may be considered for admission to Yale in the Regular Decision process and will still qualify for financial aid calculated to meet your full financial need, with no loans required.

Yale provides full need-based financial aid (with no loans required) to all admitted students and will meet every student’s demonstrated need without regard to whether we accept the student through QuestBridge College Match, Single-Choice Early Action, or Regular Decision.

For more information about Yale’s financial aid policies, please visit the Financial Aid page. 

The number of Yale matches depends on the strength of individual applications, and therefore varies from year to year. Historically, Yale has matched between 20–40 students each year through the College Match Process. Yale has also admitted between 50–100 additional QuestBridge Finalists through the Regular Decision application process each year of our partnership. All admitted applicants receive financial aid to meet their full demonstrated financial need.

Yale does not fund travel for prospective applicants. However, we are happy to welcome students who are able to attend information sessions, tours, or other admissions events. In particular, we invite students to attend our fall Multicultural Outreach Program’s Open House. See our Admissions Events page in early fall for more information. Those unable to visit campus should view our online Virtual Tour.

You can call QuestBridge at (888) 275-2054 or (650) 331-3280. For general questions, email QuestBridge can also be reached through its website.

No.  We encourage you to reuse the same essays you used for QuestBridge on the Common Application and Yale-specific questions.  You may also inform your original recommenders that, unless leading up Yale’s application deadlines they feel differently about your candidacy, they can reuse their original letters when submitting the Common Application Teacher Evaluations.