New Students: Applying For Financial Aid


At Yale Law School, the financial aid process is personal. We recognize that traditional financial aid applications and forms only tell part of our students’ stories. Thus, we encourage students to meet with a financial aid staff member to discuss any financial circumstances not reflected on their applications and to share financial challenges or changes that occur throughout their enrollment. Our small class size allows us to work with students individually and to provide confidential one-on-one counseling to everyone who requests it.

Submission Guidelines and Forms


Requirement Tables

Notes and details below.

SUBMIT TO RECEIVE INITIAL AID AWARD: March 15, 2017 Deadline

Application Requirement U.S. Citizen Seeking Loans Only U.S. Citizen Seeking Loans & Scholarships Non U.S. Citizen Seeking Loans Only Non U.S. Citizen Seeking Loans & Scholarships
Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) X X    
Financial Aid Application & Scholarship Tool (FAAST)   X X X

 

SUBMIT TO FINALIZE AID AWARD: May 5, 2017 Deadline

Application Requirement U.S. Citizen Seeking Loans Only U.S. Citizen Seeking Loans & Scholarships Non U.S. Citizen Seeking Loans Only Non U.S. Citizen Seeking Loans & Scholarships

Student 2016 1040 IRS tax return
[or equivalent foreign documentation]

X X X X
Parent 2016 1040 IRA tax return
[or equivalent foreign documentation]
Only for students under age 29 as of 12/31/17
  X   X
Notification and Confirmation Form X X X X
Educational Purpose Form     X X

 

SUBMIT TO ESTABLISH STUDENT LOANS: August 15, 2017 Deadline (approx.)

Application Requirement U.S. Citizen Seeking Loans Only U.S. Citizen Seeking Loans & Scholarships Non U.S. Citizen Seeking Loans Only Non U.S. Citizen Seeking Loans & Scholarship
Master Promissory Note* X X X X
Entrance Counseling Session* X X    
Title IV Authorization* X X    
International Loan Disclosure*     X X
Truth in Lending Act (TILA) Disclosure*     X X
Truth in Lending Act Self Certification     X X

* Will receive email notification from Student Financial Services to complete these requirements on the Student Information System the appropriate time during the summer.

FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine eligibility for federal student loans: Get the Application

  • Yale Law School’s Title IV federal code number is 001426
  • Regardless of age, it is not necessary to submit parental information on the FAFSA.
  • Married students will need to submit their spouse’s information.
  • You must e-sign the FAFSA using your assigned PIN

 

Determine Eligibility for Institutional Scholarships

Visit the FAAST website:

  • Students who will be 28 years old (or younger) on December 31, 2017 need to submit parental information. Students who will be at least 29 years old on December 31, 2017 do not need to submit parental information.
  • Married students will need to submit their spouses' information.
  • Some questions on FAAST reflect data required for the purpose of specific scholarships fund eligibility and are used solely for that purpose.

 

Tax Documentation

  • All copies of tax documentation must be signed.
  • If student, spouse or parent were not required to file taxes a Student/Spouse Non Tax Filer Form or Parent Non Tax Filer Form must be filed with accompanying W-2 forms.
  • Married students must submit their spouses’ individual 2016 tax return or joint tax return.
  • Students who will be 28 years old (or younger) on December 31, 2017 need to submit parental tax documentation.
  • International students should submit equivalent foreign tax documentation both for themselves and applicable spouse or parent.

 

Notification and Confirmation Form

View the Yale Law School  2017-2018 Notification & Confirmation Form (PDF)

  • This form acts as your acceptance of the aid award offered. Please complete Section A indicating if you are declining or accepting any portion of the loans awarded.
  • In addition to the unit loans offered in your award letter, you may choose to borrow additional funds to cover the calculated parent, spouse or student contribution(s). If you choose to do this, you should indicate the additional borrowing requested in Section A. Note that only additional borrowing to support the calculated parent contribution is COAP eligible.
  • If you are opting to use a private loan, you should indicate the lender, lender ID and type of loan in the appropriate fields in Section A.

 

Documents to Establish Loans

  • The Yale Law School Financial Aid Office does not certify loans with lenders until after July 1. After the loans have been certified, Student Financial Services will alert you by email that you may now complete entrance counseling, promissory notes and other loan disclosures. Do not complete any promissory notes prior to receiving confirmation that the loan has been certified.
  • Note that some of these requirements will be directly accessible as downloads from the Student Information System (SIS), some will be web driven via URLs and some will be manual documents that must be returned directly to Student Financial Services. Student Financial Services will provide full instructions on how to access the specific requirements you must complete.
  • These loan documents will only need to be completed once as a new borrower at Yale Law School and will then be effective for your entire enrollment.

 

Students are also responsible for submitting additional documentation as requested by the Financial Aid Office for the purposes of reconciling discrepancies, providing clarification of application data, or if selected for federal verification purposes.

All internal Financial Aid Forms are available for download from our Forms website.