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
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.
The U.S. government provides resources to help both U.S. and international students find scholarships for study at American universities.
- U.S. Dept. of Education: Finding and Applying for Scholarships
- U.S. Dept. of Labor Scholarship Search (for U.S. and international citizens)
- U.S. Dept. of State’s EducationUSA: Finance Your Studies (for international citizens)
Yale does not endorse any private scholarship search sites, but some of our students have used the sites below successfully in recent years.
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
- New students receiving financial aid may be required to submit a Family Information Supplement (FIS), which includes a section for reporting outside aid, as part of their award verification. If you receive an outside award after submitting the FIS, or if you are not required to complete a FIS form, you should submit an Outside Scholarship/Resource Information form.
- Continuing students submit information about outside aid on the Yale financial aid application form. If you receive an outside award after submitting your Yale financial aid application, you should submit an Outside Scholarship/Resource Information form.
- Students who are not receiving Yale financial aid should report outside resources or merit scholarships using the Outside Scholarship/Resource Information form so the credit(s) can be applied to their term bill.
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.