What is the Student Effort portion of the Yale Financial Aid Award?

The Student Effort is included in every Yale Financial Aid Award as part of a family’s options to meet their estimated Net Cost. It consists of two standardized amounts: the Student Share and the Student Campus Employment Option. Together, the two amounts represent Yale’s estimate of a student’s ability to contribute financially toward the overall cost of attending as a full-time student.

Yale recognizes that first-years should prioritize their course schedules and general orientation to Yale over finding a job, so the Student Effort for first-year students is lower than that for upper-level students. In addition, upper-level students from families with the greatest financial need have a reduced Student Effort expectation. Otherwise, the Student Effort is the same for all upper-level students receiving financial aid from Yale.