Financial Aid FAQ

How do I apply for financial aid?

All prospective and continuing students seeking financial aid, including merit scholars, must complete a Yale Divinity School Financial Aid Application for U.S. citizens and permanent residents OR a Yale Divinity School Financial Aid Application for International students.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents must also complete the FAFSA, which is typically available by October 1st for the following academic year.

See our Applying for Financial Aid webpage for more information and links to the required forms.

What is the financial aid deadline?

The deadline for admissions applicants is March 1, 2023; for continuing students it is May 1, 2023.

How do I apply for merit scholarships?

There is no separate application for merit scholarships. Merit awards are based on your application for admission and determined by the admissions committee. Applicants selected as merit scholars are informed of their award in their admissions letter. 

How do I find information about student loans?

The Affording YDS webpage has information about loan options available to YDS students. It also includes budgeting resources that can help students decide whether to borrow and, if they borrow, the amount of loan funds to request.

The University’s financial aid website has a section for graduate and professional students that includes general information on financial aid and loans. The site also provides links to other Yale schools’ financial aid websites and to resources for outside scholarships.

What forms will I need?

U.S. citizens and permanent residents must complete the FAFSA and the YDS Financial Aid Application for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. International students must complete the YDS Financial Aid Application for International students.

See our Applying for Financial Aid webpage for more information and links to the required forms. 

Do I need to provide a copy of my federal tax return?

No. When completing the FAFSA it is preferred that you utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to upload your tax information directly into the FAFSA from the IRS website.

The 2023–2024 FAFSA will use information from the 2021 tax year. IRS Data Retrieval is available about 2 weeks after an electronic tax return is completed or 8 weeks after a paper return is submitted, so most students who filed a 2021 return should have access to Data Retrieval in FAFSA. If you are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will need to input all of your financial data into the FAFSA manually.

What if I am selected for verification on my FAFSA?

If you are selected for federal verification, you may need to complete a YDS federal verification form and provide a copy of your IRS tax return transcript or other documents. The Financial Aid Office will contact students selected for verification regarding the necessary documentation they will need to provide.

Is the CSS Profile form required?

No. The only forms required are the FAFSA (for U.S. citizens and permanent residents) and YDS’s own institutional forms.

Is on-campus work available?

Yes. You may check the Student Employment website for job listings. There are usually more jobs on campus than students to fill them. Once you find a job you may check with the financial aid office for Federal Work Study eligibility.

Is on-campus housing available?

Yes, the Divinity School has on-campus housing in junior (small) 1-bedroom, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom apartments. You can find information about YDS on-campus apartments and other Yale campus housing for graduate and professional students on the Yale Graduate Housing website.

Please be aware that on-campus housing availability is limited. Yale Housing does not have sufficient numbers of dormitory rooms or apartments to accommodate all applicants. After applying for on-campus housing, students are encouraged to continue looking for other housing options.

How do I apply for housing?

Applications for on-campus housing open in mid-April. You must have an active Yale NetID to apply. For information on the application process, please visit the Yale Housing website’s “Apply” page.

You may visit Yale’s Off Campus Living website to apply for other Yale-owned housing near campus as well as to search for privately owned housing options in the New Haven area.

Am I required to stay under Yale Health Insurance?

The University expects all students enrolled at least half time to have adequate hospitalization insurance coverage and automatically enrolls students in Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Care Coverage. The Yale Health insurance premium may be waived only if students are able to provide adequate proof of insurance to the University. For more information on student coverage with Yale Health, visit the Yale Health Student Coverage website

Does Yale offer a payment plan?

Yes. Students may use the Yale Payment Plan to spread out payments for their term bills over several months. More information on the Yale Payment Plan is available on Yale’s Student Accounts website. Enrollment in the Yale Payment Plan begins in late spring for the following academic year.


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