The Estimated Cost of Attendance
Planning for four years
International students and U.S. taxes
Estimated Cost of Attendance for Eli Whitney Students

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.

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
Tuition $57,700 $57,700 $57,700
Student Activity Fee $50 $50 $50
Housing $9,750 $0 $4,875
Meals $7,450 $0 $3,725
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
Technology $0    $675 $338   
Total Estimated Unbilled Costs ³ $3,900 ³ $11,355 $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 $69,105 $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 July 1, 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.

Read more about U.S. taxes and financial aid for international students

Estimated Cost of Attendance for Eli Whitney students

For the 2019–2020 academic year, tuition for Eli Whitney Students was $6,130 per course credit. The 2020–2021 tuition cost per credit will be available later this spring. Estimated costs for room, board, and books and personal expenses are the same as those for the standard undergraduate budget.

2019–2020 Estimated Cost of Attendance for Eli Whitney students
Tuition and fees credits x $6,130
Estimated room $9,400
Estimated board $7,200
Estimated books and personal expenses $3,700
Student Activities Fee $125

Read about the types of financial aid available to Eli Whitney students

Read about applying for financial aid as an Eli Whitney student