Grants funded by private companies, employers, and nonprofit organizations to cover educational costs. Their award is based on criteria directly related to a student’s performance in academics, sports, music, or another field of special interest. Merit scholarships may reduce or replace the Student Effort component of the Yale financial aid award. For more information, see Scholarships and Grants.
Yale does not award merit-based scholarships, but Yale students often qualify for merit awards from other organizations. Some resources for finding outside scholarships are listed under Sources for Outside Aid.