Eligibility for financial aid
If the Yale College Committee on the Year or Term Abroad has preapproved you to study abroad for a term or year of Yale credit, or if you have been accepted into the Yale-in-London or Bocconi–Yale Economics Exchange program, you are eligible to apply for financial aid. For information about the financial aid application process, see our application information for continuing students.
If you do not qualify for need-based financial aid, or if you want to supplement your financial aid award, you and your family may apply for education loans to help pay for your educational costs abroad. For information about the types of loans available, see Loan Options.
Yale students taking a leave of absence to study abroad are ineligible for financial aid or loans through Student Financial Services.
Determining your financial aid award
For your approved term or year abroad, your need for financial aid is calculated in the same way that it is for a term or year at Yale: your Expected Family Contribution is subtracted from your cost of attendance. Your financial aid award is determined as follows:
- If your study abroad program cost is equal to Yale’s Cost of Attendance, you will receive the same amount of Yale Scholarship that you would have received at Yale.
- If the cost of your program is more than Yale’s Cost of Attendance, you will receive the same amount of Yale Scholarship that you would have received at Yale, and you may request loan funds to cover the excess cost.
- If the cost of your program is less than Yale’s Cost of Attendance, you will receive up to the same amount of Yale Scholarship that you would have received at Yale, not to exceed the cost of your program.
The Student Employment expectation is usually met with earnings from a term-time job. Because students are often ineligible to work in a foreign country, you may request an education loan to cover your Student Employment amount instead.
Required forms and information
In addition to completing the forms required for continuing students, you must submit the following to receive financial aid for your Year or Term Abroad:
- The online Year or Term Abroad Budget for Financial Aid Applicants
- A copy of your program’s costs, from printed or online sources, mailed or faxed to Student Financial Services
- A copy of your bill from the program or institution, mailed or faxed to Student Financial Services. This is required in order to refund financial aid funds from your Yale student account to your program and to you.
Please submit these items by the following deadlines:
Academic year 2017–18: May 26, 2017
Fall term 2017 only: May 26, 2017
Spring term 2018 only: November 13, 2017
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If you have questions about the required forms and information, please e-mail SFS Associate Director Shalane Hansen-Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Students in the Yale-in-London or Bocconi—Yale Economics Exchange program do not need to submit study-abroad budget information. These programs have standardized budgets that the Financial Aid Office uses when calculating participants’ financial aid.
Disbursement of your financial aid
Regardless of where you are studying, your financial aid and outside scholarships and loans will be credited to your Yale student account. These funds will be released as follows:
- If you are billed for your program by a U.S. organization or institution of higher learning, Student Financial Services will authorize a refund check to the program up to your balance due, based on the submitted copy of your bill. Any remaining funds will be released to you.
- If you are enrolling directly in a college or university abroad and are not being billed by a U.S. organization or institution of higher learning, all aid funds will be released to you to pay the billed amounts for tuition, fees, etc. Before any funds are released, you must fill out and sign an SFS form acknowledging your responsibility to use the funds for your educational expenses.
Financial aid funds are only released on or after the first day of Yale’s fall or spring term, even if your program begins before that date. It is your responsibility to pay any deposit required in advance of your study-abroad term. Financial aid funds cannot be released to pay deposits or airfare expenses prior to the start of Yale’s term, unless exceptional need exists. If you have such an exceptional case, you must submit a written request for an advance of funds to the attention of Shalane Hansen-Rodriguez in Student Financial Services.
The quickest and most convenient way to receive funds from your student account is by direct deposit to your personal checking account with a bank located in the United States. To set up direct deposit to your U.S. bank account, log in to Student Information Systems (SIS), select the Student Accounts menu, then select Direct Deposit Authorization.
Because some institutions need assurance that you will have aid forthcoming to cover some or all of your costs, you should submit a copy of your current award letter to them. If additional confirmation of your financial need and award is required, please provide Student Financial Services with your institution’s form.
Please remember that the family contribution you would normally pay to Yale is paid instead to your sponsoring institution. If you usually enroll in the Yale Payment Plan (YPP), we advise you to cancel the plan for your term(s) abroad. If you are still enrolled in YPP, Yale will only refund your actual Yale Plan payments to date. Other financing options such as loans may be good alternatives to YPP. You may also want to contact your sponsoring study abroad institution regarding payment plans they might offer.
If you are approved by Yale to study abroad through the Year or Term Abroad program, you will continue to be an enrolled Yale student during your term(s) away, and your student loan(s) will automatically remain in a deferment status. However, if you take a leave of absence to study abroad, you will not be considered an enrolled Yale student during your term(s) away, and you will begin any grace period or enter repayment on your loan(s).