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Financial Assistance for Yale College Students

The Undergraduate Financial Aid Office does not award Yale Scholarship aid for Yale Summer Session courses.  However, Yale College students who enroll in Yale Summer Session courses may be eligible for financial assistance from a range of sources. 

YSS Financial Assistance

YSS financial assistance automatically provides 50% off tuition for up to two courses each summer to Yale College students who receive financial aid during the regular academic year. Students may receive financial assistance for a maximum of two courses each summer (a maximum award of $4,850 for Summer 2023).

Please note that a half-credit course counts as one of the two courses, so, for example, a student taking 2-half credit courses would receive half tuition on each course (for a total of $2,425 for Summer 2023).  Students taking a two-credit course will receive half tuition for that course (a total of $4,738 for Summer 2023).  Students may not receive more than the maximum award in a given summer.

Students typically use this financial assistance for New Haven courses or for Yale Summer Online courses.  However, students may also use this financial assistance for a Yale Summer Session Program abroad if they have already used their International Study Award (ISA) in a previous summer.  However, YSS financial assistance may not be combined with the ISA award.

Yale College students on financial aid during the academic year will automatically receive this assistance by answering the relevant question on the application. No separate application is required.

Summer Pell Grants

The Summer Pell Grant is an extension of the Federal Pell Grant program, which provides undergraduate students with need-based grants to promote access to postsecondary education.

Student Loans

Students enrolled in Yale Summer Session may be eligible for a variety of student loans. Yale College students may apply for certain types of summer loans through Undergraduate Financial Aid. Please contact Undergraduate Financial Aid for more information.

All Yale College students are eligible to apply for positions on the summer residential life staff.  Learn about the positions and benefits here.

For Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad

If you are applying to a Yale Summer Session Program Abroad, review financial assistance eligibility on the Yale Study Abroad website under Need-based Funding. As noted, students who wish to study abroad but have already used their ISA award in a previous summer are eligible to receive the 50% tuition assistance for up to two credits outlined above. Further information about paying for Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad is available here.

Application Fee Waiver

Yale College students whose Safety Net percentage is 80% or above will receive an application fee waiver.  The Safety Net percentage is the same as the ISA percentage in YaleHub. The application fee is also waived for students who have already participated in a Yale Summer Session program in New Haven, abroad, or online. The waiver is applied on the application.

Other Assistance (visiting/non-Yale College students)

  • Ph.D. candidates in the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences may apply for a Summer Foreign Language Institute Fellowship through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
  • Master's degree candidates and professional school students should contact their own financial aid officers for information on the eligibility criteria for loans for summer courses and their availability.
  • Visiting students should contact the financial aid office at their home institutions to discuss their options for financial assistance.

Tuition Reduction for Yale Employees

Permanent full- and part-time Yale employees (20 or more hours per week) accepted to Yale Summer Session may receive reduced tuition through Yale's Educational Assistance Program. Full-time staff members receive up to 50% reduction in course tuition, and part-time employees will receive a prorated reduction. Forms to request the tuition reduction benefit may be obtained here. You must apply and be accepted to Yale Summer Session, and you need to check the appropriate employee box under the Program Choice section of the application. The tuition reduction will appear on the tuition bill.

Note: For questions on funding YSS courses, Yale College students can contact