In addition to tuition scholarships,
merit awards are given to a small number of qualified ISM students selected by the
faculty. Depending on the resources of the Institute, these scholarships
and awards are renewable for students who remain in good academic
standing. These scholarships and awards require no application
or service to the Institute.
By the beginning of their final semester, students must have completed all ISM curricular requirements or be enrolled in the remaining required courses. Failure to do so will result in termination of all ISM financial aid in the final semester. This does not apply to federal loans.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents may also apply for federal
loans and work-study, which are awarded on the basis of need as
determined by federal methodology. The Institute of Sacred Music
participates in the Federal DirectLoan program. U.S. students, if eligible, may borrow directly
through Yale or a local lender. U.S. citizens or permanent residents
who wish to be considered for a Federal Direct Loan and/or Work
Study must complete and submit the following:
1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on
Please use federal code 001426.
2. Signed 2010 Federal Tax Return and W-2 form(s)
3. Verification Worksheet for Independent Students
The FAFSA may require a few weeks to be processed; therefore,
applicants are advised to complete their tax returns as soon as
they receive their W-2 forms so that they can use them to complete
the FAFSA on the internet. Late receipt of the required financial
information may jeopardize the timely processing of the applicant's
loan. All required materials must reach the Institute by June 1.
An application must be made each year to renew the Federal Direct Loan.
Laws governing these loans are under frequent review by the U.S.
Congress. Applicants should be aware that awards might need to be
revised if major change is mandated by government regulations.
Federal eligibility may also be reviewed during the academic year
if a student's financial circumstances change substantially; additional
scholarship or award support from the ISM is not available. Students
must notify the financial aid office of all additional awards or
sources of support, such as that received from denominational agencies,
outside grants and scholarships, and parental contributions.
Financial Aid for International Students
International students also receive full-tuition scholarships
and may be eligible for other awards through the Institute of Sacred
Music. No application is needed, nor is service to the Institute
required to receive the scholarship or award. International students
are not eligible to participate in U.S. government-funded loan programs
unless they are permanent residents; therefore, every effort should
be made to obtain financial assistance from the applicant's government.
Such assistance should be reported to the Institute's Financial
Aid Office. The Institute cannot subsidize transportation to and
from the United States. Please note that international students
may be eligible for a Yale loan. Please contact the financial aid
office for more information.
Yale Institute of Sacred Music is a professional environment and, as such, encourages professional work. For example, Institute students are hired as musicians or in other areas of ministry in Yale’s chapels or area churches. Part-time positions abound in the libraries, dining halls, and various offices of the University. Nonetheless, the Institute does not encourage students to pursue outside work at the expense of their obligations to the Institute or their respective Schools. Students generally work between ten and fifteen hours a week (not to exceed nineteen hours per week). The Institute demands that students prepare for classes and rehearsals, attend them, and participate fully in the life of the Institute. Students shall submit requests to work outside the Institute (both for pay and not for pay) to their adviser with sufficient time to be reviewed by the director. This requirement includes any work in performances on and off campus. Forms can be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs.
(updated July 2012)