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Financial Aid Policy and Procedures

Yale School of Drama sound design department. Photo by Joan Marcus, 2017.
Andrew Rovner ('19) David Geffen School of Drama Sound Design 2018 . Photo by Joan Marcus.

Thanks to an extremely generous gift from the David Geffen Foundation in 2021, all full-time students in degree and certificate programs will receive 100 percent tuition support, beginning in the 2021–22 academic year, and in perpetuity. In addition to full tuition support, the School also has a need-based financial aid policy to ensure that all qualified students with demonstrated financial need will have the opportunity to attend Yale.* Each year, the School awards a substantial amount of financial aid, totaling more than $8 million in 2021–2022.

Financial aid for living expenses and books and supplies is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need. After tuition scholarship is applied, financial need is calculated as the difference between the cost of living expenses, books, and supplies, and the assessed student and parental contributions. The financial aid award consists of a combination of tuition scholarship, work-study employment, and living expense scholarship. As of the 2021–2022 academic year, the average student with demonstrated high financial need receives from the School tuition scholarship, work-study employment, educational loan, and living expense scholarship, providing 91 percent of the cost of attendance over three years. The average student with demonstrated moderate financial need receives from the School tuition scholarship, work-study employment, educational loan, and living expense scholarship providing 80 percent of the cost of attendance over three years. The average student with demonstrated low financial need receives tuition scholarship, work-study employment, educational loan, and living expense scholarship providing 67 percent of the cost of attendance over three years.

Students who do not qualify for need-based financial aid will receive full tuition scholarship and work-study employment and may be able to receive assistance through various supplemental loan programs as needed.

All students from the classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024 who elect to stay for a fourth year of training, offered as a result of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, will receive from the School tuition scholarship, work-study employment, and living expense scholarship providing 100 percent of the cost of attendance for that year.

*All information in this section is typical of the 2021–2022 academic year. It may differ from year to year depending on changes in federal regulations, the cost of living, and available financial resources.

 

 

Financial Aid Application Procedures

Applicants must complete all the applicable requirements (U.S. citizen/permanent resident or international student) in order to be evaluated for financial assistance.