Financial Aid for Eli Whitney Students


Yale accepts applicants into the Eli Whitney program regardless of their ability to pay and offers financial aid to students who need it. Students from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds qualify for need-based aid from Yale.

98% of Eli Whitney students receive financial assistance (2015-2016)            75% of Eli Whitney students receive a full tuition scholarship (2015-2016)


The Eli Whitney program offers students some flexibility not available to traditional undergraduates. For example, only Eli Whitney students may attend Yale College part time. As a result, tuition costs will vary depending on the number of credits you take. If you add or drop a course, your tuition and financial aid will be adjusted.

Tuition Scholarships

Eli Whitney students enrolled in at least two Yale credits per term (most term courses at Yale are worth one credit) are eligible to receive a need-based scholarship up to the full amount of their tuition charges, based on a review of their financial aid application. Tuition for the 2021–2022 academic year will be $6,620 per course credit. Because your tuition scholarship will vary depending on the number of credits you take, if you add or drop a course your financial aid award will be adjusted accordingly.

Housing Scholarships

Beginning with the fall 2019 term, Eli Whitney students who qualify for need-based financial aid and are enrolled in at least two course credits per term will receive scholarship funds equal to the cost of a standard Yale College room. Eli Whitney students do not live on campus, so this aid above the cost of tuition is available for students to use toward off-campus living expenses.

The number of aided terms each student is granted that includes the cost of room will be based on a student’s academic standing upon matriculation and will be calculated at 150% of each student’s program length. For example, a student transferring to Yale with 18 credits would be considered the equivalent of a first-term junior and, if a full-time student, would be granted 4 terms of enrollment to complete the bachelor’s degree. A student in the Eli Whitney program transferring to Yale with 18 credits would be allotted 6 terms of housing scholarship (150% x 4 = 6). A student in the Eli Whitney program transferring to Yale with 8 credits would be considered the equivalent of a first-term sophomore and would be allotted 9 terms of housing scholarship (150% x 6 = 9).

Financial aid for any number of terms beyond the 150% calculation would not include the housing scholarship, but students eligible for need-based aid would continue to receive a tuition scholarship.

Weekday lunches

Eli Whitney students receive free weekday lunches in the college dining halls during the academic year.

Military benefits

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces may choose to use their military education benefits or apply for need-based Yale financial aid. Yale is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Read more about the Eli Whitney application process

Financial Aid Packages

Please note: Yale’s Net Price Calculator and MyinTuition are designed for prospective first-year applicants and will not provide an accurate financial aid estimate for Eli Whitney candidates.

Sample Estimated Cost of Attendance

The Estimated Cost of Attendance estimates your total costs for one academic year at Yale, including tuition, books, and living and personal expenses.

The sample below shows the Estimated Cost of Attendance for a student taking three course credits per term in 2021–2022. You may have higher or lower tuition costs, depending on the number of credits you take.

Tuition for 6 credits
($6,620 per credit)
Estimated Room $10,100
Estimated Board $7,700
Estimated books and personal expenses $3,700
Student Activities Fee $125
TOTAL $61,345

Yale College uses a standard undergraduate budget for room, board, and books and personal expenses, regardless of whether a student lives on or off campus.

For more information on the Estimated Cost of Attendance, see the Costs page.

The Expected Family Contribution

The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) combines the amount that parents are expected to contribute annually toward their child's education with the student's own expected contributions from income and assets. Yale calculates each student's EFC individually, based on her/his financial and family circumstances.

As a nontraditional student, your family and financial circumstances may differ substantially from those of a traditional undergraduate. For example, Eli Whitney students are more likely to petition for the finances of one or both parents not to be considered in the EFC. If you have questions about your financial aid eligibility, or if you want to discuss your unique circumstances, please contact us.