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FAQ for All students:
How do I apply for Financial Aid?
The application for financial aid is available January 1st for download in PDF format on the YDS web site.
What is the financial aid deadline?
The deadline for admission applicants is March 1, for continuing students it is April 1.
How do I apply for Merit Scholarships?
There is no separate application for Merit Scholarships, they are based on your application for admission and determined by the admissions committee.
What forms will I need?
All aid applicants will need to fill out the YDS financial aid application, the FAFSA and provide a copy of their prior year federal income tax return form 1040. International students need to fill out the CSS International Certification of Finances.
How do I find information about student loans?
Stafford Lenders: Academic Year 2008-2009
Yale provides a list of lenders that may be of assistance to you when choosing a lender to help cover the cost of education. To create the list, Yale requested a brief proposal from lenders describing their fees, borrower benefits, ease of processing and customer service. The proposals were reviewed and a final selection was made. The resulting list of lenders provided here have a range of benefits including other products and services. You have the right to select a lender of your choice and are not obligated to choose one from the list. We ask that you notify us of your choice to ensure timely processing.
Yale does not receive any form of payment or remuneration from the lenders in exchange for inclusion on our Lender List. Yale will continue to review our lenders yearly to ensure that our students and their families receive excellent rates and the best customer service available.
View this Lender and Student Loan list for non-international students.
Is the Profile form required?
No, the only form required is the FAFSA.
Is on campus work available?
Yes, you may check the Student Employment web site at www.yale.edu/seo. There are usually more jobs on campus than students to fill them, once you find a job you may check with the financial aid office for Federal Works Study eligibility.
Is on campus housing available?
Yes, the divinity school has on campus apartments, junior 1 bedroom, 1bedroom and 2 bedroom apartments are available. You may check the housing website for more information at www.yale.edu/divinity/adm/Adm.House.INDEX.shtml.
How do I apply for housing?
Applications for housing will be mailed to you with a favorable offer of admission. Housing applications are accepted with the tuition deposit and apartments are assigned on a first come first serve basis.
Where are the nearest airports? How far are they from New Haven ? How can I get to New Haven from the airport?
Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, CT is the closest airport to New Haven; it is about 1 hour from the Divinity School. JFK Airport in New York and Newark, in Newark New Jersey are both approximately 2 ½ from New Haven. Ground transportation via Connecticut Limousine is available to New Haven from all 3 airports. You may find more information regarding rates on their web site at www.ctlimo.com. You may take a taxi from the Connecticut Limousine Terminal in New Haven to the Divinity School. Most international flights arrive in JFK.
Will I need to provide other documents?
While international applicants are eligible for scholarship assistance, by itself this assistance is seldom, if ever sufficient to secure an I-20. For this reason you will need to provide documentation that you have enough funds to cover your educational and living expenses while at Yale. Documentation could be in the form of bank statements.
If I am married is it possible to bring my spouse and family?
Yes, if you can provide enough evidence of financial support for their well being we are able to request F-2 visas for them. You will need to provide the financial aid office with their names, dates of birth, country of birth and country of citizenship.
Will I be able to work?
Yes, you will be able to work on campus only by the terms of your visa.
Will my spouse be able to work?
No, by the terms of the F-2 visa spouses are not eligible to work on or off campus.
How do I get my I-20?
Once the Financial Aid Office receives all the necessary documentation, the I-20 will be requested from the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). When the I-20 is ready, the financial aid office will send it to you via Federal Express. The I-20 is not issued more than 3 months prior to the start of the semester.
What do I do when I receive my I-20?
When you receive your I-20 you should make an appointment with the consulate in your country to request the visa. Canadian students may secure their visa at the boarder.
Where can I get more information for International Students at Yale?
The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) has developed their website to include information about types of visa's, Yale, New Haven and living in the United States.
Do I need to take the TOEFL test or the IELTS test? What is the minimum score to be considered for admission?
The Divinity accepts only the IELTS test with a minimum score of 7.0. For more information on IELTS testing visit their website at www.ielts.org.
Who is required to take the IELTS test?
International students whose native language is not English or have not received a degree from a university where English is the Language of instruction.
--Last updated: January 20, 2010