Why does Yale have a Student Effort?

Yale’s undergraduate financial aid program, like that of virtually every other school in the country with a need-based aid program, is based on the principle that paying for a college education should be a partnership between the student and his or her family and the college or university of the student’s choice. The decision to come to Yale is a decision to invest in one’s education and future. The opportunity for a student to contribute to the funding of his or her education is considered part of this investment—a resource a family has available to help meet its contribution to a student’s education.