Fall 2020 FAQ: Undergraduate Financial Aid

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► NOTE: "enrolled in residence" means enrolled with access to campus; "enrolled remotely" means enrolled without access to campus. For more detail, please visit the Yale College Policy Summary about enrollment status.

Financial Aid

♦ I have not yet received my financial aid offer for next year. When can I expect it?

We continue to review application materials and determine students’ financial aid offers, as students submit required documentation. Please continue to monitor your Student Information System (SIS) portal to make sure you have submitted all requirements. There may be a brief period of time before and after the University announcement regarding the fall 2020 term during which we do not send offers. We will resume sending offers before the end of July and ahead of the August 1 fall-term billing.
Last updated July 1, 2020

♦ I am a first-year student who has received a financial aid offer, but I plan to postpone my matriculation. Will my financial aid from this year automatically carry over to next year?

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you will need to reapply for financial aid, as will be true each year you are at Yale. If you are an international student, you will not need to reapply unless your family's circumstances have changed and you would like to request a reevaluation.
Last updated July 6, 2020

♦ I have already received a financial aid offer for the 2020–2021 academic year. Will my aid change?

Your offer might change. All offers sent prior to July 1 assumed that all students would be enrolled in residence. Now that the University has announced plans for the fall 2020 term, students’ plans and options may change. If you will be enrolled remotely due to University policy, personal preference, or other reasons, you will receive a revised financial aid offer that incorporates an estimate of the expenses you will incur while studying remotely. This revised offer will still reflect Yale’s commitment to meeting the full demonstrated need of all students. If your plans have not changed and you will be in residence for the upcoming year, your offer will not change.
Last updated July 1, 2020

♦ Will my aid offer be different if I am living on campus or off campus while in residence?

Juniors and seniors in residence who are living independently off campus are expected to have expenses similar to those of students living on campus in the residential colleges. On the other hand, students enrolled remotely are expected to have significantly lower living expenses. The revised Cost of Attendance for students enrolling remotely takes this difference into account, as shown in the table below.

Yale College Term Costs 2020–2021
In-residence vs. Remote Enrollment

Costs Billed by Yale Term Enrolled In Residence Term Enrolled Remotely
Tuition $28,850 $28,850
Student Activity Fee $25 $25
Housing $4,875 $0
Meals $3,725 $0
Total Billed Costs $37,475 $28,875
Estimated Unbilled Costs Term Enrolled In Residence Term Enrolled Remotely
Housing & Meals $0    $3,440
Books & Personal Expenses $1,850    $1,850
Travel ¹ $100 ¹ $50
Technology $0    $338
Total Estimated Unbilled Costs ² $1,950 ² $5,678
  Term Enrolled In Residence Term Enrolled Remotely
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance ² $39,425 ² $34,553

¹ Estimated cost of travel to and from campus varies by location. $100 per term is the minimum.
² Total estimated Unbilled Costs and Cost of Attendance for students in residence will vary based on their estimated  travel cost.

Students' total 2020–2021 budgets will depend on whether they are studying in residence for 2 terms, remotely for 2 terms, or in residence for 1 term and remotely for the other.

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    $676 $338   
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

♦ When can I expect to receive a revised financial aid offer if I will be enrolled remotely?

Undergraduate Financial Aid is working hard to adjust aid packages for students who will be enrolled remotely. We expect to release revised aid packages as early as possible, but before the end of July. Fall-term charges will be posted to the Student Account by August 1, and payment is due by September 1.
Last updated July 1, 2020

♦ How do I let Undergraduate Financial Aid know that my family’s financial circumstances have changed dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic or for any other reason?

If you have already received a financial aid offer for next year, complete and submit a Request for Review of Financial Aid.

If you have not yet received a financial aid offer for next year, submit a letter explaining what has changed, along with any relevant documentation, using our Online Document Upload Tool.
Last updated July 1, 2020

♦ I’ve already filed a review request. When can I expect a response from the Financial Aid Committee?

We are generally able to respond to review requests within 5 to 10 business days. If your request for review is connected to a COVID-19 related event or expense, we will review your request after August 1.
Last updated July 1, 2020

♦ Will my financial aid be evaluated in the same way as in previous years?

Yes. Undergraduate Financial Aid has evaluated your application materials and calculated your Parent Share and Student Share in the same manner as in prior years. Tuition, fees, room, and meal plan charges, along with other unbilled expenses, will continue to be part of your Cost of Attendance that is used to determine your financial aid.
Last updated July 1, 2020

Technology

♦ Am I eligible for additional financial aid to help with the cost of technology if I am enrolled remotely?

Yes. An additional $338 per term has been added to the Cost of Attendance for any term you are enrolled remotely. This allowance recognizes expenses such as establishing, maintaining, or improving your Internet service.
Last updated July 1, 2020

Tuition and Fees

♦ What will tuition be for the 2020–2021 academic year?

Tuition will be $28,850 per term or $57,700 for the full year.
Last updated July 1, 2020

♦ Will Yale College change its tuition for the 20202021 academic year? Will tuition be the same whether I am enrolled in residence or remotely?

Tuition in Yale College is unchanged for the 2020-2021 academic year. At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is posing challenges to universities around the country and around the world, Yale College is investing in teaching and learning so that it can provide an excellent education to all of its students. Whether they learn in person or remotely, or live on campus or off, they will able to continue their education, earn full academic credit, and benefit from the university's personal, health, and academic services.

Yale College is also covering the cost of tuition for two summer courses in New Haven or online for first-year undergraduatesand sophomores who in the 2020-2021 academic year enroll for both the fall and spring semester, at least one of them remotely. It is providing additional financial support for on-campus room and board to eligible students who receive financial aid. As another option, eligible students may instead apply the cost of tuition of those two courses toward the cost of tuition of two credits in a study abroad program led by a Yale faculty member. They may also, as a third option, apply the cost of tuition for the two courses toward a directed research experience, earning a course credit for five weeks of research, when supervised by a Yale faculty member. If coupled with another Yale Summer Session course in New Haven or online, and if those studentsreceive financial aid, they can apply the cost of the two summer session credits toward room and board on campus.

Yale’s financial aid program supports all Yale College students with financial need, regardless of their citizenship or immigration status, and allows 85% of Yale College students to graduate with no debt. Last year, Yale increased the annual income threshold for families who qualify for the largestfinancial aid award—a zero parent share award—from $65,000 to $75,000 and reduced the expected student share for students receiving these awards by more than $4,000 over four years. These policies and other recent aid enhancements remain in effect.

In the past few months the university has specifically focused on meeting the needs of students and families who are facing significant challenges as a result of the pandemic. We encourage students whose financial circumstances have changed to reach out to Student Financial Services. 
Last updated August 7, 2020

Housing and Meals

♦ I will be enrolled in residence and living on campus for the fall term. Will I receive a rebate of my room and board charges for the three weeks of the term following the November break, when I will not be on campus?

Yes. You will receive rebates totaling $1,500. On your Student Account you will see the full charges for fall term room/housing ($4,875) and board/meal plan ($3,725), but you will also see corresponding credits of $850 for room and $650 for board. Please note that the rebates will reduce your Yale billed costs only; your financial aid offer will not change due to the rebates.
Added July 17, 2020

♦ I will be on leave or enrolled remotely for the fall 2020 term. Will I still be charged for room and meals by Yale?

No. You will not be charged by Yale for a room or meal plan for any term you are not in residence.
Last updated July 1, 2020

♦ I participated in the room draw this past spring but will now be enrolled remotely or taking a leave for the fall term. Will I be charged the housing relinquishment fee of one quarter of the term room rent?

No. The housing relinquishment fee is waived for the fall 2020 term.
Last updated July 17, 2020

♦ I will be on leave or withdrawn for all or part of the 2020–2021 academic year. Is Yale able to assist with my off-campus lease or other expenses?

No, this is not an expense with which Yale can assist.
Last updated July 1, 2020

♦ I will be enrolled remotely for all or part of the 2020–2021 academic year, but I do not plan to live at home. Will my Cost of Attendance and financial aid package be adjusted accordingly?

No, as all students enrolled remotely will have a Cost of Attendance appropriate for living at home. Sophomores and first-years whose home circumstances do not support their learning may apply for permission to live on campus for the full year.
Last updated July 1, 2020

Travel

♦ If I am enrolled remotely, will travel expenses be part of my estimated Cost of Attendance?

Yes, but at a reduced rate since you will not be required to travel to New Haven when you are enrolled remotely. In fact, you will not be permitted to access campus.
Last updated July 1, 2020

Student Share and Student Employment

♦ Will my student share be the same whether I am enrolled in residence or remotely?

No. If you will be enrolled remotely, your student share will be waived for that term. Yale will provide additional need-based aid to compensate for this change. However, your student share remains at the standard amount for any term in which you are in residence.

Standard Student Share 2020–2021 In Residence Full Year Enrolled Remotely Full Year In Residence 1 Term + Remote 1 Term
First-Year Students $4,450 $0 $2,225
Upper-Level Students $5,950 $0 $2,975
High-Need Student Share 2020–2021 In Residence Full Year Enrolled Remotely Full Year In Residence 1 Term + Remote 1 Term
First-Year Students $3,700 $0 $1,850
Upper-Level Students $3,700 $0 $1,850

Last updated July 6, 2020

♦ Will there be on-campus student jobs available for the fall?

Yes. We expect to offer about the same number of student positions as in a typical year, but the types of those positions may be different. For more detailed information, see the Yale College FAQ about campus jobs. Student job postings can be found on the Student Employment website.
Last updated July 17, 2020

♦ If I am enrolled remotely, may I hold a student job?

Continuing students who are enrolled remotely may hold student jobs, as long as the work can be performed remotely. New students may not hold a student job before they arrive on campus. For more detailed information, see the Yale College FAQ about campus jobs. Student job postings can be found on the Student Employment website.
Last updated July 17, 2020

Undergraduate Financial Aid Office

♦ Is the Undergraduate Financial Aid Office open this summer, and if so, how can I contact you?

Yes! We are open and working, but we are working remotely. We are still eager to answer your questions and to assist you and your family. You can contact us in the following ways:

Last updated July 17, 2020

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