Applying to Yale Through QuestBridge

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The QuestBridge application is a useful option for students from low-income backgrounds interested in selective colleges with generous need-based financial aid. Students selected as QuestBridge Finalists can apply to multiple partner colleges with the same free application.

Applying through QuestBridge is one of three ways to apply to Yale for first-year admission. Yale has no preference for one type of application over another. All applicants should submit one - and only one - application per admissions cycle. 

QuestBridge Application Steps

  1. Complete the free National College Match Application by the September deadline for evaluation by the QuestBridge organization.
  2. If selected as a QuestBridge Finalist in October, forward the QuestBridge application to Yale and submit the additional required application material.

Students who apply to Yale using the QuestBridge National College Match Application should also submit the required financial aid documents to the Office of Undergradaute Financial Aid by the appropriate deadline. 

QuestBridge Application Options

If you are selected as a QuestBridge Finalist you have three options for sharing your QuestBridge application with Yale. Yale has no preference for one option over another.

  • Rank Yale as a college choice in the QuestBridge National College Match. The deadline for submitting rankings to QuestBridge is October 10.
  • Opt out of the National College Match (i.e. do not rank any colleges) and share your QuestBridge Application with Yale for single-choice early action by November 1. Note Yale’s single-choice early action policies.  
  • Share your QuestBridge Application with Yale for regular decision by completing the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form by December 15.  

Applicants who rank Yale as a college choice in the QuestBridge National College Match are considered for a “match” with Yale. Applicants who match are notified in early December with an offer of admission and a financial aid award with a $0 parent contribution. All admissions offers from Yale are non-binding. If a student is a match with Yale, she/he will have until May 1 to respond to the offer of admission and may still apply to other schools as a regular decision applicant.

Applicants who rank Yale but do not match with Yale are automatically moved into Yale’s regular decision application pool, unless they match with a binding partner college, in which case their applications are automatically withdrawn. All regular decision applicants are required to submit a Midyear Report when first semester grades become available.

Finalists who do not participate in the National College Match (i.e. do not rank any colleges) may apply to Yale in the single-choice early action program. To have your QuestBridge application considered for early action at Yale, please email apply.questions@yale.edu from the email address listed on your QuestBridge application by November 1. Please include your QuestBridge ID number and the following text: “I would like to share my QuestBridge National College Match Application with Yale for consideration in Yale’s single-choice early action program. I have reviewed the policies outlined at admissions.yale.edu/single-choice-early-action. I will neither rank any colleges for the QuestBridge National College Match, nor submit any early action or early decision applications to other colleges or universities that would violate Yale’s single-choice early action policy.” You will receive a response confirming your request, and a separate invitation to activate your Yale Admissions Status Portal on or around November 1. 

Finalists who do not rank Yale as a college choice in the QuestBridge National College Match (whether or they rank any colleges or not) may also submit their QuestBridge Application for consideration in Yale’s regular decision program by completing the QuestBridge Regular Decision form on the QuestBridge website.

Students who are not selected as QuestBridge Finalists may apply for single-choice early action or regular decision using the Common Application or Coalition Application.

QuestBridge Application Timeline

September 26, 2019: Deadline to submit QuestBridge National College Match application to the QuestBridge organization
October 16, 2019: QuestBridge announces QuestBridge Finalists
November 1, 2019: Deadline for Finalists who rank Yale to submit QuestBridge Questionaire and Financial Aid Documents
November 1, 2019: Deadline for Finalists who are not participating in the National College Match to share their QuestBridge applications with Yale for single-choice early action
December 2, 2019: Matching Finalists notified
December 15, 2019: Deadline for finalists who did not rank Yale in the National College Match complete the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form
Mid-December, 2019: Single-choice early action applicants notified; deferred applicants moved to regular decision
Mid-December, 2019: Finalists who ranked Yale but did not match with Yale or a binding partner automatically moved into Yale’s regular decision program
March 26, 2020: All Yale regular decision applicants notified
May 1, 2020: Response deadline for all admitted students

Additional Required Application Material for QuestBridge Finalists

Applicants who rank Yale or who share their QuestBridge application for early action or regular decision must also submit the following materials online or by mail to the Yale admissions office:

  • The Yale QuestBridge Questionnaire, available via the Yale Admissions Status Portal after Yale receives a student’s QuestBridge application. The specific short-answer questions on the questionnaire can be found on the essay topics page.
  • Midyear Report with official first semester or trimester grades from your senior year. This is due when these grades become available at your school - typically January or February.

QuestBridge Finalists participating in the National College Match should also submit the following financial aid documents by November 1:  

  • The 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Submit electronically. (Available Oct. 1)
  • The 2020-2021 CSS Profile. Submit electronically. (Available Oct. 1)
  • Your parents’ 2017 federal income tax returns (signed, with all schedules, attachments, W-2s, and other earnings statements, plus  corporate/partnership tax returns, if applicable.) Send using College Board’s IDOC Service, which you may access after submitting the CSS Profile.

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 online when completing the CSS Profile. If you do not have any contact with your noncustodial parent, then you may submit a request to waive the requirement of their financial information using the Noncustodial Parent Waiver Petition.

QuestBridge finalists not participating in the National College Match should follow Yale’s standard instructions for applying for financial aid