Tuition and General Expenses


Thanks to a generous $150 million gift made by the David Geffen Foundation in 2021, all full-time students in degree and certificate programs will receive 100 percent tuition support, in perpetuity. The foundation’s gift is augmented by many endowed scholarship funds and annual donations, and the School also provides scholarships for living expenses, books, and supplies to students with demonstrated financial need.

The tuition fee for 2021–2022 is $34,800.* All full-time students enrolled in degree and certificate programs receive full tuition scholarships each year. Eligibility for tuition scholarship assistance is ordinarily limited to six terms of study for M.F.A./certificate programs; two terms of study for the Technical Internship program; and ten terms of study for the D.F.A. program; exceptions are extremely rare.

A reasonable estimate of the cost of attendance for training at the School and living off campus in the 2021–2022 nine-month academic year is between $54,667 and $56,097. It includes:

2021–22 Tuition, Fees, and Expenses
Item Cost
Tuition* $34,800
Books and supplies (estimated)** $700–$2,130
Estimated living expenses (includes Yale Health hospitalization fee) $19,167

*Tuition for Special Students is $34,800. Tuition for Technical Interns and for Special Research Fellows is $17,400. Tuition for D.F.A. candidates in residence is $1,000.

 †Costs vary from one program to another. Includes $140 for required personal protective equipment for second-year students and technical interns.

All students enrolled at least half-time in a degree-seeking program receive Yale Health Basic Coverage services free of charge. They are also automatically enrolled in and charged a fee for Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Coverage. Students may waive the Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Coverage upon evidence that they have valid and sufficient alternative hospitalization coverage. See Health Services in the chapter Yale University Resources and Services.

The living expenses estimate is based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics moderate budget standard for this area. The School’s Financial Aid Office also reviews actual student budgets each year to verify that the living expense budget used is reasonable. Actual costs may vary depending on the individual. Expenses have risen consistently over the past few years, and it is safe to assume that both tuition and living costs for the 2022–2023 academic year will be higher.