Tax Returns of Parents and Students

Date due for Early Action: November 9, 2018

Date due for Regular Decision: March 1, 2019

Date due for Transfer students: May 1, 2019

Date due for Eli Whitney students: to be announced

Date due for continuing students: 

Application file completed by Notification of award
April 5, 2019 1st week of June
May 3, 2019 prior to July 1

Description: 

Yale requires copies of tax returns (or, if no tax return was filed, equivalent documentation) as part of the financial aid application each year.

Please note:

Yale believes that both parents have a responsibility to contribute toward their child’s college education, even if they are divorced or separated. For this reason, we require financial information for both parents to generate a financial aid award. The Yale financial aid award letter lists one total Parent Share, which a student’s parents may determine how best to meet.

We understand that some families may have extenuating circumstances that would require an exception. Students may petition to have their noncustodial parent’s financial information waived in such cases by submitting a Noncustodial Parent Waiver Petition form with supporting documentation. Submission of a waiver petition form does n​ot guarantee that the noncustodial parent’s requirements will be waived.

Instructions for U.S. citizens and permanent residents: 

  • Use the College Board’s IDOC Service to submit signed copies of 2017 federal tax returns, including all schedules and W-2s. For more information about this service, see IDOC under Financial Aid Terminology or visit the College Board website.
  • If your parents are divorced, separated, or were never married, your noncustodial parent must also submit copies of his or her 2017 tax return, including all schedules and W-2s, to IDOC.
  • Families with a business or farm must also include the business or farm tax return(s).

Parents and students who did not file a tax return must submit a Tax Nonfiling Statement instead. Please visit our Forms page for the appropriate nonfiling statement.

Please note that parents and students will need to submit updated tax documents in future years.

For aid year Tax return required
2019–2020 2017 tax year
2020–2021 2018 tax year
2021–2022 2019 tax year
2022–2023 2020 tax year

Instructions for Canadian citizens: 

Please note that parents and students will need to submit updated tax documents in future years.

For aid year Tax return required
2019–2020 2017 tax year
2020–2021 2018 tax year
2021–2022 2019 tax year
2022–2023 2020 tax year

Instructions for international citizens (non-Canadian): 

  • Use the College Board’s IDOC Service to submit signed and translated copies of 2017 tax and/or income documents. For more information about this service, see IDOC under Financial Aid Terminology or visit the College Board website.
  • If your parents are divorced, separated, or were never married, your noncustodial parent must also submit signed ​and translated copies of his or her tax and/or income documents to IDOC.
  • Parents who do not file a tax return should submit documentation of their income, such as a letter from their employer.

Please note that parents and students will need to submit updated tax documents in future years.

For aid year Tax return required
2019–2020 2017 tax year
2020–2021 2018 tax year
2021–2022 2019 tax year
2022–2023 2020 tax year

Student type: 
Prospective students, Early Action, Regular Decision, New students, Continuing students, Eli Whitney students, Transfer students
Student citizenship: 
U.S. citizens, Canadian citizens, International citizens (non-Canadian)