Prospective & New Students

Documents and forms required for prospective and new students prior to matriculation are listed below; see more information by clicking on the form or document name. Additional forms will be required to finalize your award after you matriculate; see Finalizing Your Award.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Canadian citizens
International citizens (non-Canadian)

Undocumented students living in the U.S., including those with DACA status, should follow the application instructions for international citizens.

U.S. citizens living abroad and international citizens living in the U.S. without permanent-resident status should contact Student Financial Services.

Deadlines

In order to receive a provisional financial aid decision with your admissions decision, you must submit all of the listed application materials according to the following deadlines:

QuestBridge: November 1, 2016
Early Action: November 11, 2016
Regular Decision: March 15, 2017

If you miss the deadline, your provisional award information may arrive after your admissions decision. However, you are still eligible to apply for financial aid, and your award will not be reduced because of late submission. Please submit all documents as soon as possible; the more quickly you complete your file, the sooner you will receive your provisional financial aid decision.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents

Please note the deadlines listed above. Related documents may be required based on your family’s circumstances; you will be notified if such documents are needed.

When submitting forms or documents to SFS, please include the student’s name and date of birth on each page.

Yale’s FAFSA code is 001426

Date available: October 1

What it is:

A free online application used to determine U.S. citizens’ and permanent residents’ eligibility for federal and state grants and for the low-interest Federal Direct Loan program.


How to submit it:

Fill out the application on the FAFSA Web site using Yale’s FAFSA code: 001426.

The Federal Student Aid office provides helpful short videos on the following topics:

You can also visit the FAFSA Help page for FAQs and contact information.

Tax information entered in the FAFSA must also be verified with the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or an IRS Tax Return Transcript.

Yale’s CSS College Code is 3987

Date available: October 1

What it is:

The College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile collects information used by some colleges and scholarship programs to award institutional aid funds. Institutional aid is a substantial part of the financial aid package for most Yale College students, and the CSS Profile, along with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, is used to determine eligibility for Yale scholarships.

The CSS Profile provides Student Financial Services with more detailed information than the FAFSA and is required for all students applying for a Yale scholarship. The Profile is processed by the College Board, which charges a fee for the Profile application. For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, the fee is automatically waived for applicants whose families have low incomes and assets.

For more information, see the College Board’s CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE website.


How to submit it:

• Apply on line on the College Board’s website using Yale’s CSS College Code: 3987.

• You should gather as much personal financial information as possible before beginning.

• If applicable, families should complete all required CSS supplements as well.

Please note:
• Yale receives your profile data electronically from CSS, so do not send copies or printouts of your application to Yale.

• The CSS Profile provides a fee waiver for first-year U.S. applicants from low-income families with few assets. If you qualify for the waiver, it is processed automatically based on the financial information you enter in the Profile, and no fee will be charged.

What it is:

Yale requires copies of tax returns (or, if no tax return was filed, equivalent documentation) as part of the financial aid application.

The U.S. federal government has moved the tax year used to determine financial aid awards back by one year. This means that 2015 tax information will be used again for 2017–2018 aid applications. Yale has adopted the same policy. This change will allow families to submit their aid applications earlier, using income from a completed tax return. You no longer have to wait until the most recent year’s taxes are filed before you can apply for financial aid and have your award finalized.

Instructions for U.S. citizens and permanent residents: Prospective and new students:

  • Use the College Board’s IDOC Service to submit 2015 tax forms. For more information about this service, see IDOC under Financial Aid Terminology or visit the College Board website.
  • Signed copies of 2015 federal tax returns are required, including all schedules and W-2 forms. Yale does not require state tax returns. If you submit a TeleFile Tax Record, include the taxpayer’s signature and the six-digit IRS confirmation number on the bottom of the TeleFile Tax Record.
  • If your parents are divorced, separated, or were never married, your noncustodial parent must also submit copies of his or her 2015 tax return, including all schedules and W-2 forms, to IDOC.

Parents and students who did not file a tax return must submit a Tax Nonfiling Statement instead. Please visit our Forms page for the appropriate nonfiling statement.

Please note:

Yale believes that both parents have a responsibility to contribute toward their child’s college education, even if they are divorced or separated. For this reason, we require financial information for both parents to generate a financial aid award. The Yale financial aid award letter lists one total Parent Contribution, which a student’s parents may determine how best to meet.

We understand that it may be difficult to provide accurate figures for both parents when applying for aid. Please contact us if you feel your family’s financial situation requires additional attention from our staff. If a petition to waive your noncustodial parent’s financial information might be appropriate for your situation, a financial aid officer can provide you with the form. Submission of a waiver petition form does n​ot guarantee that the noncustodial parent’s requirements will be waived.

Canadian citizens​

Please note the deadlines listed above. Related documents may be required based on your family’s circumstances; you will be notified if such documents are needed.

When submitting forms or documents to SFS, please include the student’s name and date of birth on each page.

Yale’s CSS College Code is 3987

Date available: October 1

What it is:

The College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile collects information used by some colleges and scholarship programs to award institutional aid funds. Institutional aid is a substantial part of the financial aid package for most Yale College students, and the CSS Profile, along with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, is used to determine eligibility for Yale scholarships.

The CSS Profile provides Student Financial Services with more detailed information than the FAFSA and is required for all students applying for a Yale scholarship. The Profile is processed by the College Board, which charges a fee for the Profile application. For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, the fee is automatically waived for applicants whose families have low incomes and assets.

For more information, see the College Board’s CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE website.

How to submit it:

• Apply on line on the College Board’s website using Yale’s CSS College Code: 3987.

• You should gather as much personal financial information as possible before beginning.

• If applicable, families should complete all required CSS supplements as well.

Please note:
Yale receives your profile data electronically from CSS, so do not send copies or printouts of your application to Yale.

What it is:

Yale requires copies of tax returns (or, if no tax return was filed, equivalent documentation) as part of the financial aid application.

The U.S. federal government has moved the tax year used to determine financial aid awards back by one year. This means that 2015 tax information will be used again for 2017–2018 aid applications. Yale has adopted the same policy. This change will allow families to submit their aid applications earlier, using income from a completed tax return. You no longer have to wait until the most recent year’s taxes are filed before you can apply for financial aid and have your award finalized.

How to submit it:

  • Mail or fax signed copies of your 2015 tax forms directly to Student Financial Services.
  • If your parents are divorced, separated, or were never married, your noncustodial parent must also mail or fax signed copies of his or her tax return to Student Financial Services.
  • Families with a business or farm must also include the business or farm tax return.

Fax number U.S. mail address

203-436-9768

Student Financial Services
Yale University
P.O. Box 208288
New Haven, CT
06520-8288

After faxing documents, please wait at least 1 business day for processing before checking on their status.

Include the student’s name and date of birth or SID on each page.

Please note:

Yale believes that both parents have a responsibility to contribute toward their child’s college education, even if they are divorced or separated. For this reason, we require financial information for both parents to generate a financial aid award. The Yale financial aid award letter lists one total Parent Contribution, which a student’s parents may determine how best to meet.

We understand that it may be difficult to provide accurate figures for both parents when applying for aid. Please contact us if you feel your family’s financial situation requires additional attention from our staff. If a petition to waive your noncustodial parent’s financial information might be appropriate for your situation, a financial aid officer can provide you with the form. Submission of a waiver petition form does n​ot guarantee that the noncustodial parent’s requirements will be waived.

International citizens (non-Canadian)

Please note the deadlines listed above. Related documents may be required based on your family’s circumstances; you will be notified if such documents are needed.

When submitting forms or documents to SFS, please include the student’s name and date of birth on each page.

Yale’s CSS College Code is 3987

Date available: October 1

What it is:

The College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile collects information used by some colleges and scholarship programs to award institutional aid funds. Institutional aid is a substantial part of the financial aid package for most Yale College students, and the CSS Profile, along with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, is used to determine eligibility for Yale scholarships.

The CSS Profile provides Student Financial Services with more detailed information than the FAFSA and is required for all students applying for a Yale scholarship. The Profile is processed by the College Board, which charges a fee for the Profile application. For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, the fee is automatically waived for applicants whose families have low incomes and assets.

For more information, see the College Board’s CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE website.

How to submit it:

At Yale we ask our international financial aid applicants to use the online College Board CSS Profile if they are able to do so. This option provides Yale with more accurate and complete financial information, a consistent calculation of ability to pay, and quicker access to financial information without the delay of mailing, sorting, and imaging required for our systems. For those students who are not able to use the online CSS Profile (because of lack of internet access, lack of credit card access, or other financial difficulties), please contact our office.

• Apply on line on the College Board’s website using Yale’s CSS College Code: 3987.

• You should gather as much personal financial information as possible before beginning.

• If applicable, families should complete all required CSS supplements as well.

Please note:
Yale receives your profile data electronically from CSS, so do not send copies or printouts of your application to Yale.

What it is:

Yale requires copies of tax returns (or, if no tax return was filed, equivalent documentation) as part of the financial aid application.

The U.S. federal government has moved the tax year used to determine financial aid awards back by one year. This means that 2015 tax information will be used again for 2017–2018 aid applications. Yale has adopted the same policy. This change will allow families to submit their aid applications earlier, using income from a completed tax return. You no longer have to wait until the most recent year’s taxes are filed before you can apply for financial aid and have your award finalized.

How to submit it:

  • Mail or fax signed and translated copies of 2015 tax documents directly to Student Financial Services.
  • If your parents are divorced, separated, or were never married, your noncustodial parent must also mail or fax signed ​and translated copies of his or her tax return to Student Financial Services.
  • Parents who do not file a tax return should submit documentation of their income, such as a letter from their employer.

Fax number U.S. mail address

203-436-9768

Student Financial Services
Yale University
P.O. Box 208288
New Haven, CT
06520-8288

After faxing documents, please wait at least 1 business day for processing before checking on their status.

Include the student’s name and date of birth or SID on each page.

Please note:

Yale believes that both parents have a responsibility to contribute toward their child’s college education, even if they are divorced or separated. For this reason, we require financial information for both parents to generate a financial aid award. The Yale financial aid award letter lists one total Parent Contribution, which a student’s parents may determine how best to meet.

We understand that it may be difficult to provide accurate figures for both parents when applying for aid. Please contact us if you feel your family’s financial situation requires additional attention from our staff. If a petition to waive your noncustodial parent’s financial information might be appropriate for your situation, a financial aid officer can provide you with the form. Submission of a waiver petition form does n​ot guarantee that the noncustodial parent’s requirements will be waived.