Sources for Outside Aid

Although Yale does not award merit-based scholarships, many Yale students are recognized financially for their academic and extracurricular talents by outside organizations. We encourage you to pursue these outside awards, which can significantly reduce or eliminate your Student Effort amount.

For information on how merit scholarships affect the financial aid award, see Scholarships and Grants.

Resources for merit scholarships
U.S. military benefits
Notifying Yale about outside awards
Enrollment verification for scholarship agencies

Resources for merit scholarships

The resources listed below can help you begin your search for merit scholarships. We encourage you to seek out other resources and to use any scholarship search aid you find useful.

Government s​ites

The U.S. government provides resources to help both U.S. and international students find scholarships for study at American universities.

Private sit​es

Yale does not endorse any private scholarship search sites, but some of our students have used the sites below successfully in recent years.

Before you begin your search, we recommend that you review information from the U.S. Dept. of Education and the Federal Trade Commission on avoiding financial aid scams.

U.S. military benefits

The U.S. government offers a variety of education benefits for veterans and active service members. For more information, see Military Benefits and Financial Aid.

Notifying Yale about outside awards

Enrollment verification for scholarship agencies

Scholarship agencies require verification that you are enrolled at Yale before they will release your award funds. Agency representatives can usually verify enrollment by checking the National Student Clearinghouse website. Questions about enrollment verification may be directed to the University Registrar’s Office.