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Financial Assistance for Yale College Students

For Yale College Students on Financial Aid

Yale Summer Session offers financial assistance for tuition to Yale College students who receive financial aid during the regular academic year. Financial assistance covers 50% of the tuition of one course, and you may receive financial assistance for a maximum of two courses each summer (a maximum award of $4,500 for Summer 2021). Please note that students taking 2-half credit courses will receive half tuition on each course (for a total of $2,250 for Summer 2021).  Students taking a two credit course will receive half tution for that course (a total of $4,400 for Summer 2021). 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 Summer Award (ISA) in a previous summer.

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.

Students on financial aid during the academic year may also be eligible for Summer Pell Grants and for low interest loans to cover the remaining cost of YSS courses. You’ll find more information at Yale Financial Aid and on their Summer Pell FAQ page.

For all Yale College Students

Yale College students may also apply to be a residential counselor during the summer. As compensation for the job of a Residential Counselor, students receive free room and board for the orientation period and the ten weeks of summer session, plus a tuition waiver for the equivalent of one summer course credit.

If you are currently enrolled in Yale College and plan to register for at least one course credit through Yale Summer Session, you may apply for a supplemental loan. If you are currently enrolled in Yale College and plan to register for at least 1.5 course credits through Yale Summer Session, you may apply for federal and private loans through Yale Student Financial Services.

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.

Other Assistance

  • 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. Federal regulations prohibit Yale's Student Financial Services from processing any federal financial aid for students who are not enrolled in a degree program at Yale. Student Financial Services will, however, consider certifying nonfederal supplemental loans.

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.