Tuition and General Expenses
The tuition fee for 2019–2020 is $32,800.* Tuition at Yale School of Drama covers less than 30 percent of the University’s costs for training, and most expenses of the School are underwritten by philanthropy.
A reasonable estimate of costs to be incurred by a student attending Yale School of Drama and living off campus in the 2019–2020 academic year is between $50,480 and $52,855. It includes:
|Books and supplies (estimated)**||$300-$2,675|
|Estimated living expenses (includes Yale Health hospitalization fee)||$17,380|
*Tuition for Special Students is $32,800. Tuition for Technical Interns and for Special Research Fellows is $16,400. Tuition for D.F.A. candidates in residence is $1,000.
†Costs vary from one department to another. Includes $125 for required personal protective equipment.
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. Yale School of Drama also reviews the actual 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 2020–2021 academic year will be higher.
Student accounts, billing, and related services are administered through the Office of Student Financial Services, which is located at 246 Church Street. The office’s website is http://student-accounts.yale.edu.
Yale University’s official means of communicating monthly financial account statements is through the University’s Internet-based system for electronic billing and payment, Yale University eBill-ePay. Yale does not mail paper bills.
Student account statements are prepared and made available twelve times a year at the beginning of each month. Payment is due in full by 4 p.m. Eastern Time on the first business day of the following month. E-mail notifications that the account statement is available on the University eBill-ePay website are sent to all students at their official Yale e-mail addresses and to all student-designated proxies. Students can grant others proxy access to the eBill-ePay system to view the monthly student account statements and make online payments. For more information, see http://sfas.yale.edu/proxy-access-and-authorization.
Bills for tuition, room, and board are available during the first week of July, due and payable by August 1 for the fall term; and during the first week of November, due and payable by December 1 for the spring term. The Office of Student Financial Services will impose late fees of $125 per month (up to a total of $375 per term) if any part of the term bill, less Yale-administered loans and scholarships that have been applied for on a timely basis, is not paid when due. Nonpayment of bills and failure to complete and submit financial aid application packages on a timely basis may result in the student’s involuntary withdrawal from the University.
No degrees will be conferred and no transcripts will be furnished until all bills due the University are paid in full. In addition, transcripts will not be furnished to any student or former student who is in default on the payment of a student loan.
The University may withhold registration and certain University privileges from students who have not paid their term bills or made satisfactory payment arrangements by the day of registration. To avoid delay at registration, students must ensure that payments reach Student Financial Services by the due dates.
There are a variety of options offered for making payments. Yale University eBill-ePay is the preferred means for payment of your monthly student account bill. The ePayments are immediately posted to the student account. There is no charge to use this service. Bank information is password-protected and secure, and a printable confirmation receipt is available. On bill due dates, payments using the eBill-ePay system can be made up to 4 p.m. Eastern Time in order to avoid late fees.
For those who choose to pay the student account bill by check, a remittance advice and mailing instructions are included with the online bill available on the eBill-ePay website. All bills must be paid in U.S. currency. Checks must be payable in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank. Payments can also be made via wire transfer. Instructions for wire transfer are available on the eBill-ePay website.
Yale does not accept credit card payments.
A processing charge of $25 will be assessed for payments rejected for any reason by the bank on which they were drawn. In addition, the following penalties may apply if a payment is rejected:
- If the payment was for a term bill, late fees of $125 per month will be charged for the period the bill was unpaid, as noted above.
- If the payment was for a term bill to permit registration, the student’s registration may be revoked.
- If the payment was given to settle an unpaid balance in order to receive a diploma, the University may refer the account to an attorney for collection.
Yale Payment Plan
The Yale Payment Plan (YPP) is a payment service that allows students and their families to pay tuition, room, and board in ten equal monthly installments throughout the year based on individual family budget requirements. It is administered by the University’s Office of Student Financial Services. The cost to enroll in the YPP is $100 per contract. For enrollment deadlines and additional details, see our Yale Payment Plan page.
On the basis of the federal regulations governing the return of federal student aid (Title IV) funds for withdrawn students, the rebate and refund of tuition are subject to the following policy.
- For purposes of determining the refund of Title IV funds, any student who withdraws from Yale School of Drama for any reason during the first 60 percent of the term will be subject to a pro rata schedule that will be used to determine the amount of Title IV funds a student has earned at the time of withdrawal. A student who withdraws after the 60 percent point has earned 100 percent of the Title IV funds. In 2019–2020, the last days for refunding Title IV funds will be November 7, 2019, in the fall term and March 26, 2020, in the spring term.
- For purposes of determining the refund of institutional aid funds and for students who have not received financial aid:
- 100 percent of tuition will be rebated for withdrawals that occur on or before the end of the first 10 percent of the term (September 13, 2019, in the fall term and January 17, 2020, in the spring term).
- A rebate of one-half (50 percent) of tuition will be granted for withdrawals that occur after the first 10 percent but on or before the last day of the first quarter of the term (September 30, 2019, in the fall term and February 5, 2020, in the spring term).
- A rebate of one-quarter (25 percent) of tuition will be granted for withdrawals that occur after the first quarter of a term but on or before the day of midterm (October 27, 2019, in the fall term and March 7, 2020, in the spring term).
- Students who withdraw for any reason after midterm will not receive a rebate of any portion of tuition.
- The death of a student shall cancel charges for tuition as of the date of death, and the bursar will adjust the tuition on a pro rata basis.
- If the student has received student loans or other forms of financial aid, funds will be returned in the order prescribed by federal regulations; namely, first to Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans, if any; then to Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans; next to any other federal, state, private, or institutional scholarships and loans; and, finally, any remaining balance to the student.
- Recipients of federal and/or institutional loans who withdraw are required to have an exit interview before leaving Yale. Students leaving Yale receive instructions on completing this process from Yale Student Financial Services.