Financial Assistance for the Master’s Programs
The School of Architecture is committed to being financially accessible to students of all backgrounds and from all over the world. Financial aid, consisting of need-based scholarship and/or loans, is offered to the School’s students with demonstrated need.
Barring any significant changes in a student’s financial circumstances (including spousal and, if appropriate, parental circumstances), students can generally expect their need-based scholarship awards to be renewed in subsequent years.
When appropriate, the School will offer a need-based scholarship award based upon the larger of two categories of scholarship calculation. An Individual Resource Scholarship is intended for students who do not wish to or who are unable to provide parental financial information. A Family Resource Scholarship is intended for students who wish to and are able to provide parental financial information. For a student with limited family resources, a Family Resource Scholarship may yield a higher scholarship award than from an Individual Resource Scholarship. Submitting parental resource information will not affect the calculation of an Individual Resource Scholarship award.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be offered loans, including a Federal Direct Loan, a Federal Perkins Loan, and/or a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. Non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents may be offered a Yale International Student Loan.
The Application Process for Financial Aid
Application for financial aid is a separate process from application for admission to the School. Applying for financial aid does not affect admission decisions.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents who wish to apply for financial aid must complete and submit the following: (1) a Yale School of Architecture Application for Financial Aid and (2) the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The Yale School of Architecture Application for Financial Aid is available online at the top of the Financial Aid page. This form must be received by the School by no later than February 1, 2018. The form may be sent via e-mail to email@example.com; via fax to 203.432.6576; or via mail to: Financial Aid Office, Yale School of Architecture, P.O. Box 208242, New Haven CT 06520-8242.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available online at https://fafsa.ed.gov. The deadline for completing the FAFSA application is February 1, 2018. The Yale School of Architecture’s FAFSA code number is 001426.
If an applicant would like to be considered for a Family Resource Scholarship, parental income and asset information may be provided in the FAFSA. For separated, divorced, or unmarried parents, one parent may complete the FAFSA, in which case the other parent must complete and submit a Yale School of Architecture Parent Financial Statement. If parents do not wish to complete the FAFSA, each parent must complete and submit a separate Parent Financial Statement. Parental information submitted in the Parent Financial Statement will not be released to applicants without parental consent. The Yale School of Architecture Parent Financial Statement may be found at the top of the Financial Aid page and must be submitted directly to the School’s Financial Aid Office via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; via fax to 203.432.6576; or via mail to: Financial Aid Office, Yale School of Architecture, P.O. Box 208242, New Haven CT 06520-8242.
If full parental information is not provided, an applicant will be considered only for an Individual Resource Scholarship.
In order to meet the February 1 deadline, estimated income may be used to complete these applications forms. Because scholarship money and some loan funds are limited, applicants who miss the February 1 application deadline may jeopardize their eligibility for financial aid. Applicants who are accepted for admission and who have correctly completed their financial aid application by the February 1 deadline will receive a financial aid determination shortly after the online notification of admission.
Non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents who wish to apply for financial aid must complete and submit the following: (1) a College Board International Student Financial Aid Application and (2) a College Board International Student Certification of Finances. These forms may be obtained online at http://architecture.yale.edu/admissions/international-students.
The forms must be received by the School by no later than February 1, 2018. The forms may be sent by e-mail to email@example.com; via fax to 203.432.6576; or via mail to: Financial Aid Office, Yale School of Architecture, P.O. Box 208242, New Haven CT 06520-8242, USA.
If an applicant would like to be considered for a Family Resource Scholarship, parental income and asset information must be provided in the two College Board international forms. For separated, divorced, or unmarried parents, each parent must complete and submit a separate set of the College Board international forms.
If full parental information is not provided, an applicant will be considered only for an Individual Resource Scholarship.
Because scholarship money and some loan funds are limited, applicants who miss the February 1 application deadline may jeopardize their eligibility for financial aid. Applicants who are accepted for admission and who have correctly completed their financial aid application in a timely manner will receive a financial aid determination shortly after the online notification of admission.
General Financial Aid Policies
After admission to the Yale School of Architecture, students who have been awarded financial aid are required to complete a verification process. For U.S. citizens or permanent residents, this process includes submission of the student’s federal tax returns, a School of Architecture Asset Verification and Loan Request Form, and, if a Family Resource Scholarship is awarded, the parents’ federal tax returns. For international students, this process includes submission (translated into English) of the student’s tax returns or alternative documentation of income and, if a Family Resource Scholarship is awarded, submission (translated into English) of the parents’ tax returns or alternative documentation of income.
The School reserves the right to adjust a student’s financial aid award if the actual income or asset information of the parent, student, or spouse is different from the original information included on the financial aid application(s). In addition, for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, all awards are contingent on the student meeting the general eligibility requirements specified by the U.S. Department of Education, including Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements (below).
Applicants in default on a student loan will not be eligible for any financial aid until the default status has been cleared and documentation provided to the Financial Aid Office.
Students on financial aid are required to reapply for financial aid each spring for the following academic year. Financial aid does not extend longer than the normal equivalent length of time required to complete the program of study to which the student was admitted.
All students are encouraged to seek additional funding beyond what is available from the School of Architecture. A helpful website for students to search for third-party scholarships is www.finaid.org.
The Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects also offer outside scholarships. Information about AIA scholarships can be found at http://aiact.org/connecticut-architecture-foundation/scholarship. Additional organizations offering outside scholarships include the Yale Club of New Haven http://www.ycnh.org and PEO International https://www.peointernational.org.
Some state and private supplemental loan programs offer funds to students who require loan assistance in excess of the annual borrowing limits for the federal loan programs, or who are not eligible for the federal loan programs.
Additional information on financial aid may be found at www.yale.edu/sfas/finaid/graduate-and-professional-students.
In order to comply with federal regulations as well as University policy, students must advise the Financial Aid Office of any additional awards received (scholarships, grants, loans, VA benefits, teaching assistantships, teaching fellowships, etc.). As a general rule, outside awards up to $5,000 can be received without affecting the student’s need-based scholarship from the School of Architecture, although it may be necessary to reduce the student’s loan(s). Outside assistance in excess of $5,000 will likely affect a student’s need-based scholarship from the School of Architecture.
If a third party (employer or other sponsor) is to pay all or part of your cost of education and they require a bill in their name, you must provide documentation from the sponsor detailing the terms of the sponsorship to include: what charges are covered, the duration of the sponsorship and the billing requirements and contact information. In addition, you must submit written authorization allowing the University to communicate with and release your student account billing information to the sponsoring third party as necessary. This information and authorization is needed by June 1 and October 1 for the fall and spring terms, respectively. Please e-mail a copy of the award letter or scholarship notice, along with your authorization to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and Financial Aid
Federal regulations require that in order to receive assistance under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), which is measurable academic progress toward completion of their degree requirements within published time limits. The following SAP policy applies to all enrolled students.
The academic year at the Yale School of Architecture consists of fall and spring terms and summer courses. SAP is calculated twice per year, at the end of the fall and spring terms. A student’s SAP status at the beginning of a term is effective until the completion of that enrolled term. Students must maintain SAP in both qualitative and quantitative standards.
Qualitative standards: At the end of a term, students who are placed on “academic probation” for the next term due to their grades during the prior term fail to meet the qualitative SAP standard (refer to Section II.G of the School of Architecture Handbook for the definition of “academic probation”). All other students meet the qualitative SAP standard.
Quantitative standards: A student meets the quantitative SAP standard if maintains a pace is maintained of earning at least one-half (50 percent) of the total credits attempted. “Incompletes” do not count as credits attempted (refer to Section II.H.1 of the School of Architecture Handbook for information on “Incompletes”). “Withdrawals” count as credits attempted (refer to Section II.B. of the School of Architecture Handbook for information on “Withdrawals”). Credits for completed repeated courses count as both credits attempted and earned. Transfer credits are not accepted. The maximum time frame in which a student must complete degree requirements cannot exceed more than 200 percent of the minimum time for fulfilling degree requirements (refer to Section II.D. of the School of Architecture Handbook).
A student who fails to meet SAP at the end of a term will be notified in writing by the assistant dean responsible for academic matters, and the Financial Aid Office will place the student on “financial aid warning” until the end of the next term. During the “financial aid warning” term, the student may receive financial aid, despite the determination of not meeting SAP. Students on “financial aid warning” who fail to return to SAP by the end of the term will lose their future financial aid eligibility, unless they successfully appeal and are placed on “financial aid probation.”
A student who has not successfully met SAP by the end of the “financial aid warning” term has the right to appeal the loss of financial aid eligibility. Appeals must be submitted to the Dean’s Office in writing within two weeks of receiving notice that the student did not meet SAP after a term on “financial aid warning.” The appeal must include information about why the student failed to meet SAP, and what has changed, or is expected to change, that will allow the student to meet SAP in the future. The written appeal should be accompanied by documentation that verifies the extenuating circumstances (e.g., death of a relative, an injury or illness of the student, or other special circumstances). The Dean’s Office shall notify the student of the outcome of the appeal within ten business days of receiving it. If the appeal is approved, the student is placed on “financial aid probation” until the end of the next term, and may receive financial aid during that term. Students on “financial aid probation” are required to meet with the assistant dean responsible for academic matters to establish an individual academic plan to enable the student to meet SAP at some point in the future, according to specific benchmarks established by the plan. Students on “financial aid probation” who fail to meet SAP by the end of the “financial aid probation” term, or fail to meet the benchmarks of their individual plans on time, will not be eligible for financial aid for the subsequent academic term. Students who are ineligible for financial aid may reestablish eligibility in future terms by meeting SAP.
Benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Eligible students are strongly encouraged to seek specific information about GI Bill Education benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs at 888.442.4551 or http://benefits.va.gov/gibill. The Registrar’s Office will be happy to assist students with claims once they are enrolled.
For information on the Yellow Ribbon program, visit www.yale.edu/sfas/finaid/finaid-information/yellowribbon.html.
The School offers teaching fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Students appointed as teaching fellows and assistants help faculty in their graduate and undergraduate courses. Research assistants aid faculty in their research. The Teaching Fellowship Program offers stipends (fixed payments); the Teaching Assistantship and Research Assistantship programs offer financial support to students according to the level of teaching or research involvement, and the nature of the course or research in which the student is assisting.
Fellowships and assistantships are one-term appointments made by the Dean’s Office at the request of the faculty. These appointments are usually made at the end of a term for the following term.
In addition, several departments in Yale College, including History of Art and several foreign languages, often offer teaching fellowships to students in the School who may have an appropriate expertise.
It is not necessary to qualify for financial aid in order to hold any of these appointments, although the earnings from these appointments may be included in determining financial aid awards.
The School of Architecture offers students job opportunities within the School that cover a wide variety of needs. Current positions include woodshop or computer monitors, receptionists, exhibition installers, archivists, clerical workers, and Urban Design Workshop employees. It is not necessary to qualify for financial aid in order to hold any of the positions, although the earnings from these positions may be included in determining financial aid awards.
The Student Employment Office, 246 Church Street, is maintained to give assistance to self-supporting students in obtaining employment outside of the School but within the University during termtime. Student job listings at Yale can be found online at https://yalestudentjobs.org/.
The School is often advised of various employment opportunities outside the University that may interest architectural students, including work in local architectural offices, small architectural jobs, etc. These opportunities are posted for the convenience of students who may be seeking outside work.