COAP Highlights


Inclusive

  • Open to all recent Yale Law School graduates
  • Includes all jobs in all sectors – public interest, government, academia and private practice

Flexible

  • No minimum participation commitment
  • Participants can move in and out of the program as needs change
  • Part-time work may be covered
  • Individual circumstances and special needs are taken into account

Comprehensive

  • Covers law school loans
  • Includes some undergraduate loans

Family Friendly

  • Up to six months maternity/paternity leave per new child
  • Deductions are provided for child/dependent care

COAP FAQs


To qualify to apply for COAP assistance, you must have graduated from Yale Law School, be employed and be in good standing with the Law School and with your student loan lender(s). Awards are based on your income and debt burden.

 

No. One of the requirements of COAP is that you must be employed.

Deadlines for continuing participants:

First half opens November 1st and will close May 31st with a deadline of January 15th (for January through July awards)

Second half opens June 1st and will close October 31st with a deadline of August 1st (for August through December awards).

 

Deadlines for new applicants:

New applicants may apply at any time, once you:

  1. secure a COAP qualifying position and
  2. are in repayment on your student loans.

Awards are calculated based on your adjusted income and your debts. For more details, please see the specific program description above.

You may apply for assistance for the loans that are in the mandatory repayment period, but not for loans that are still in the grace period. Once the grace period on those loans ends, you may update your application to request additional assistance. When you complete the Educational Loan Information section of the application, you will be asked for the grace period dates for all of your loans.

Yes, you should be sure to apply before the January 15 deadline. The tax return is required with the second disbursement cycle application.

Once you submit your online application, it will generate a customized list of required documents, based on your application. In general, you will need to submit verification of your salary (a copy of a recent pay stub or a letter from your employer), current lender statements, and other financial information. You must also include a copy of your tax return once it is completed.

You should expect to receive your check within 4-6 weeks of submitting your completed application and required documents. It is advisable to apply early when the application cycle opens to insure timely processing of your application.

COAP awards are mailed directly to the participant. It is the participant’s responsibility to make all payments on student loans and to remain in good standing with the lenders and with the Law School.

We disburse COAP awards to participants twice in a calendar year. The 1st disbursement cycle covers January- July. After you update your application and required documents, you will receive a second disbursement to cover August through December.

If you start a new job, you can apply for COAP in the middle of the cycle, up to one month prior to the beginning of your employment.

You must update your application online within 30 days of the change. Please login and click on "submit status change" to submit a change to your COAP application. If necessary, we will recalculate your award.

When you complete the online application you will be able to enter the start and end date of your current job and then add another job with a new start date (or you can check “unemployed”). If you are a currently participating in COAP and become unemployed, we will extend your COAP benefits for up to three months during a period of unemployment.

If you go back to school, you are required to obtain in-school deferments for your loans. In the rare case that your student loans do not offer an in-school deferment, please contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss the situation.

The determination of whether COAP awards are taxable for graduates in fellowships is based on what entity is formally employing the fellow. In those positions where fellows are employed by U.S. nonprofit agencies holding 501(c)3 status other than Yale University (whether in the U.S. or abroad) the COAP award is considered non-taxable. However in those positions where fellows are Yale employees (even while working on behalf of third party organizations or federal governmental agency through an IPA agreement) the award is taxable. COAP awards for fellows employed by an international NGO, intergovernmental agency or foreign charity (without a U.S. 501 (c)3 status) are also considered taxable. In addition, COAP awards for fellows employed by a non 501(c)3 agency are taxable. Those students with taxable COAP awards will be issued a 1099-MISC form for the amount of their COAP award annually for tax purposes. We highly encourage fellows to contact the Financial Aid Office before making your COAP application so that we may assist in identifying/confirming their employment entity and verifying the COAP taxable status of the award.

Yale Law School is distinguished among American law schools by two things: its small size—that’s a physical fact about the law school—and also the spirit of comradeship and cooperation that exists among all of the members of the community.”


Anthony Kronman

Class of 1975, Sterling Professor of Law and Former Dean