Financial Aid

What is the current tuition at Yale?

The total Cost of Attendance for attending Yale in 2015-2016 is $65,725, which includes tuition ($47,600), room ($8,200), board ($6,400), and books and personal expenses ($3,520). Total cost of attendance (not only tuition) is used to calculate a student’s need-based financial aid award. Yale meets 100% of demonstrated need. In recent years, the average Yale Scholarship (a need-based grant) has been $43,230 for students on financial aid and roughly 52% of Yale students receive need-based financial aid. Read more about Yale’s generous financial aid policies and use the Net Price Calculator to see how much need-based financial aid your family may qualify for. Please note, Yale does not require students to take out loans for their education.

Do I need to reapply for financial aid each year?

Yes. You must file a new financial aid application each year and financial aid awards will adjust to increases or decreases in a family’s demonstrated need.

Will my family contribution change in future years?

We reevaluate your financial need each year with current income and asset information by carefully reviewing all of the updated application materials and recalculating the family contribution. Any changes in your family’s financial situation may alter the parent contribution.

Where can I find more information about financial aid at Yale?

If you have questions about financial aid, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on Yale’s Student Financial and Administrative Services website. There you will find FAQs for prospective Yale College students, students interested in the Eli Whitney and Non-Degree programs, and more. If you have any additional questions, please contact the financial aid office at www.yale.edu/sfs/contactus.

On what basis does Yale award financial aid?

Yale awards all undergraduate financial aid solely on the basis of financial need. Financial need is the difference between the estimated cost of attendance (which includes tuition, room and board, travel expenses, books and personal expenses) at Yale and your expected family contribution. We determine your expected family contribution from the financial aid applications and information that you submit.

What factors are considered in the calculation of expected family contribution?

We carefully analyze each family’s financial information and calculate the family contribution based on federal and institutional methodologies. The formula that we use measures a family’s ability to contribute toward college costs and considers factors such as:

  • Parents’ income
  • Parents’ assets (cash, savings, home equity, other real estate and investments)
  • Family size
  • Number of children attending college
  • Student’s income
  • Student’s assets (cash, savings, trusts, and other investments)

On a case-by-case basis, we also evaluate a number of other circumstances, such as exceptional medical expenses.

How do you incorporate noncustodial parent information into the expected family contribution?

Yale’s financial aid policy begins with the premise that parents, even if they are divorced or separated, have the primary responsibility to contribute towards their children’s college education costs. Thus, in order to calculate an expected family contribution and determine a student’s financial aid eligibility, we require financial information from both natural parents. Your financial aid award lists an expected parent contribution that we determined from your parents’ information. Since we could treat the exchange of money between your parents in a variety of ways, we list only a total expectation from your parents. Your family will work together to determine how you will meet the family contribution and we suggest you keep both parents informed about your financial matters throughout the year.

How does Yale meet financial need?

Yale meets 100% of a student’s demonstrated financial need based on the calculated expected family contribution and estimated cost of attendance (which includes tuition, room and board, books and personal expenses). The first portion of a student’s award is student employment awarded as either term-time job or federal work study depending upon eligibility. We consider a student’s eligibility for other financial aid, including the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), state grants, gift aid from parents’ employers, etc. The University will then fund any remaining financial need with Yale Scholarship, area Yale Club awards, endowed scholarships, and other gift aid from Yale’s alumni and friends.