The Estimated Cost of Attendance
There are many costs to consider when a student goes to college, both direct and indirect. Besides tuition, a student will need a place to stay and meals to eat. Travel expenses to and from campus, books and materials for classes, and money for laundry, toiletries, and trips to New Haven's famous pizzerias with friends should all be taken into account when estimating total costs.
Yale considers all of these factors when calculating the Estimated Cost of Attendance for one academic year. Each student's budget for the academic year includes both billed expenses and unbilled expenses. For the 2020–2021 academic year, the Estimated Cost of Attendance for students enrolled in residence and students enrolled remotely will differ. See Fall 2020 FAQ: Undergraduate Financial Aid for more information.
The Estimated Cost of Attendance for 2021–2022 will be available in the spring.
Yale College Cost of Attendance 2020–2021
|Costs Billed by Yale||In Residence Full Year||Enrolled Remotely Full Year||In Residence 1 Term, Enrolled Remotely 1 Term|
|Student Activity Fee||$50||$50||$50|
|Total Billed Costs||$74,950||$57,750||$66,350|
|Estimated Unbilled Costs||In Residence Full Year||Enrolled Remotely Full Year||In Residence 1 Term, Enrolled Remotely 1 Term|
|Housing & Meals||$0||$6,880||$3,440|
|Books & Personal Expenses||$3,700||$3,700||$3,700|
|Travel ¹||$200 ¹||$100||$150 ²|
|Total Estimated Unbilled Costs ³||$3,900 ³||$11,356||$7,628 ³|
|In Residence Full Year||Enrolled Remotely Full Year||In Residence 1 Term, Enrolled Remotely 1 Term|
|Total Estimated Cost of Attendance ³||$78,850 ³||$69,106||$73,978 ³|
¹ Estimated cost of travel to and from campus varies by location. $200 is the minimum for an academic year.
² Equals ½ estimated in-residence travel cost + $50.
³ Total estimated Unbilled Costs and Cost of Attendance for students in residence will vary based on their estimated travel cost.
Last updated August 20, 2020
Families receiving a Yale financial aid award do not pay the full cost of attendance. Instead, Yale calculates an Expected Family Contribution based on the Estimated Cost of Attendance and a family's specific Demonstrated Financial Need, which is determined through the financial aid application process. Yale is committed to covering 100% of every family's Demonstrated Financial Need with a financial aid award that does not require loans. For more information, see Affordability.
Planning for four years
As you plan financially for education costs over the next four years, please keep these points in mind:
- Any changes in the cost of attendance from year to year are mirrored by changes in students' financial aid awards.
- Every family’s circumstances are reevaluated each year to ensure that the financial aid award is based on current financial information. For more information, see Renewing Your Award.
- A suggested division of costs between students and parents is included in every Expected Family Contribution. Most undergraduates meet their suggested division, called the Student Effort, with a combination of term-time and summer employment or an outside merit-based scholarship. For more information, see Student Effort.
International students and U.S. taxes
Scholarships and allowances from Yale may have tax implications for international students.
- The U.S. government considers the amount of scholarship you receive in excess of tuition as taxable income.
- Yale may be required to withhold up to 14% of the amount of your scholarship that exceeds the amount of tuition. The withholding amount depends on your tax status and any tax treaty between the U.S. and your home country.
- For students with a qualifying tax status, the scholarship portion of your first-year financial aid package will increase to offset the tax withholding. You will be responsible for filing a U.S. tax return each year and for saving your refund to help cover tax withholding the following year.
Estimated Cost of Attendance for Eli Whitney students
For the 2020–2021 academic year, tuition for Eli Whitney Students is $6,370 per course credit. Estimated costs for room, board, and books and personal expenses are the same as those for the standard undergraduate budget. The budget below is for students in residence. Students who are enrolled remotely will have their budgets adjusted according to the standard undergraduate budget for remote enrollment.
|Tuition and fees||credits x $6,370|
|Estimated books and personal expenses||$3,700|
|Student Activities Fee||$50|