Financial Aid Support

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. 72% of our student body received some form of financial aid in the 2014-2015 academic year. More than half (57%) of our students qualify for Law School scholarship grants, which are awarded solely on the basis of financial need. Using a combination of loans and grants/scholarships, 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 Law School.


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Award Packaging Parameters & Resources

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.

Additional Financial Aid Resources

Yale Law School is committed to assisting our students in fully understanding the resources and options available to them to ensure a strong financial future.

Post-Grad Repayment

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.

Deadline to pay first term bill for Fall 2015 tuition and fees
Request for COAP Loan Forgiveness for second half of 2015 due
Deadline to pay second term bill for Spring 2015 tuition and fees
FAFSA and Need Access open for 2015 - 2016 applications
Request for COAP Loan Forgiveness for first half 2015 due
Summer Public Interest Fellowships (SPIF) Part I applications due
Application Deadline Incoming Students (FAFSA and Need Access)
Summer Public Interest Fellowships (SPIF) Part II applications due
Application Deadline Continuing Students (FAFSA and Need Access)
Deadline for Submitting All Additional Required Documents - New Admins
Bar loans must be approved by lenders to be COAP eligible
Deadline for submitting Notifications and Confirmation form accepting aid awards - Continuing Students


FinAid Blog: Recent Posts

October 19, 2015
R.I.P. Perkins Loan

At midnight, on Wednesday, September 30th the Perkins Loan, age 57, died unexpected on the floor of the U.S. Senate...
Read the full entry on the FinAid Blog.

September 22, 2015
The “Voice Of Experience”: How YLS Students Live On A Budget

So 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...
Read the full entry on the FinAid Blog.

September 22, 2015
What Really “Mattress” and What You Should “Chair” About in Furnishing Your Apartment

So 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....
Read the full entry on the FinAid Blog.

Financial Aid Office Sparks Conversation on Financial Literacy

Jill Stone, Director of Financial Aid at Yale Law School, has a simple message for students trying to navigate the complex and ever-changing world of student loans—let’s talk.