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.
Forms for J.D. Students
Asset Verification Form (1Ls Only)
Attachment for Incoming Students' Award Letter
Attachment for Continuing Students' Award Letter
Budget Revision Form
Educational Purpose Form (International Students Only)
Entrance Interview Information
Family Member Enrollment Verification Form
FAQs Bar Loans
FAQs Consolidating/Refinancing Federal Loans
FAQs Summer Employment Contribution
FAQs Term Time Employment Contribution
New Student (15-16) eBill-ePay Letter (Student Financial Services)
Notification and Confirmation Form 2015-2016
Notification and Confirmation Form Supplement 2015-2016
Private Student Loan Self-Certification
Sample Student Bios
Tax Non-Filing Statement: Student/Spouse
Tax Non-Filing Statement: Parent(s)
Term Time Employment Verification Form (3Ls)
Forms for LL.M., J.S.D. and M.S.L. Students
Financial aid applications for LL.M., J.S.D. and MSL applicants will be made available to admitted students directly from Yale Law School's Graduate Programs' Office.
Recent Posts from the FinAid Blog:
The “Voice of Experience”- How YLS Students Live On A Budget
Posted Tue, 22 Sep 2015 14:59:28So last spring, I reached out to our current students (our now 2Ls and 3Ls) and asked them to share with our incoming Class of 2018 their tips for living economically on our student budget. I can come up with a million suggestions on how to save money but the reality is that it’s your […]
What Really “Mattress” And What You Should “Chair” About in Furnishing Your Apartment
Posted Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:00:58So Class of 2018… here is the reality – your new permanent address here in New Haven is 127 Wall Street. That’s where you will be spending the majority of your days and nights. That apartment that you probably just dropped a hefty security deposit on is solely where you store your stuff and sleep. […]
Leading the Pack… YLS Loan Counseling
Posted Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:41:25It’s nice to be ahead of curve, lead the pack, whatever euphemism you want to use. It’s also great to receive proof that what you are doing is the right approach. And that’s what happened to us when TG (a nonprofit promoting education access) in cooperation with the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators released […]
Available Now… A Limited Time Offer… The Best of the FinAid Blog
Posted Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:43:00It’s really hard for me to believe that I have been writing this blog for over three years (and 41 posts) .When I started this I remember our webmaster asking me if there really would “be enough topics to write about in financial aid”. Oh yeah! There’s plenty to say about financial aid. The blog […]
“Survey Says”- What The Cost of Living Survey Told Us
Posted Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:26:00It’s been a couple of years since I have written a blog post on the YLS Cost of Living survey and felt it was time to re-address what it is we actually do with this survey data and why it’s critical to the financial aid process. And along the way I will share some of […]
About Yale Law School Financial Aid...
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.