Costs & Financial Aid
Academic Year Aid
Academic year financial aid consists of need-based grants and loans. The primary goal of our financial aid program is to ensure that all admitted students can afford to attend Yale Law School regardless of their financial resources.
We determine the financial aid awards based on a budget of tuition and fees plus allowances for living expenses, books, etc. The process of applying for financial aid differs for both new admit students and continuing students, as well as for those students only seeking loan support versus those seeking a full financial aid package of both loans and scholarships.
If you have a question about financial aid, you will probably find an answer on our FAQ page or by reading our additional financial aid policies. You can also find more information about paying your bill.
Summer Fellowship Aid
Yale supports one of the most expansive programs of summer public interest work in the law school world. In the summer of 2012, our Summer Public Interest Fellowship (SPIF) program provided fellowships to 193 students who worked at 166 not-for-profit organizations and government agencies worldwide. We will continue this program for the summer of 2013 supporting eligible Yale students working in public interest, government, and not-for-profit organizations.
Yale Law School continues to support our graduates throughout their loan repayment process. Our office offers both current students and graduates individual counseling to ensure their financial future, as well as address the loan repayment process (Loan Repayment FAQs). Most significantly, Yale Law School has pioneered a loan repayment assistance program to allow students to take their dream jobs without worrying about their student loans: the Career Options Assistance Program (COAP). Established in 1989, COAP was one of the first loan forgiveness programs of its kind and, today, is one of the most distinctive, generous, and flexible loan forgiveness programs available at any law school. Learn more about the program.
Visit our Financial Aid and Grant Forms page to find a particular financial aid form.
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Yale Law School's financial aid policies and programs are designed to make it possible for students to pursue their legal education at Yale regardless of their financial circumstances. Using a combination of loans and scholarship grants, we make every effort to provide students with the difference between their resources -- such as family resources, summer earnings and student savings -- and the cost of attending Yale. Presently 73% of our student body is receiving some form of financial aid in the 2012-13 academic year. More than half (56%) of our students qualify for Law School scholarship grants, which are awarded solely on the basis of financial need.
We hope the information on this website will assist students and their families in understanding the Law School's financial aid policies and programs, as well as their individual need analysis and award.