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Financial Assistance for the Master’s Programs

Admission to the School of Architecture is determined without regard to a student’s ability to pay the full cost of his or her education. The School’s financial aid policies are designed to maximize the financial assistance to all students with demonstrated need, as determined by the Financial Aid Office.

A student’s financial need, considered to be the total cost of education less the student’s resource contribution, is first met with an established level of self-help. For students with financial need beyond the established level of self-help, the School of Architecture will award a need-based scholarship. Awarded need-based scholarship is determined by the higher of the two following methods of calculation.

An Individual Resource Scholarship is intended for students who do not wish to or who are unable to provide parental resource information. In an effort to equitably award available need-based scholarship among qualified students, the award amount for Individual Resource Scholarships has an upper limit and in some cases, therefore, may not fully cover a student’s financial need. A Family Resource Scholarship is intended for students who wish to and are able to provide parental resource information. For a student with limited family resources, a Family Resource Scholarship may yield a higher scholarship award than an Individual Resource Scholarship. Submitting parental resource information will not affect the calculation of an Individual Resource Scholarship award.

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Financial Aid For U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

Applicants who wish to apply for financial aid and who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents must complete and submit an “Application for Financial Aid” by February 1, 2014. This form is available online at www.architecture.yale.edu/financialaid. In addition, applicants who wish to apply for financial aid and who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The Yale School of Architecture’s FAFSA code number is 001426.

If no parental information is provided, a student will be considered for only an Individual Resource Scholarship.

If a student would like to be considered for a Family Resource Scholarship, parental income and asset information regarding both parents must be provided in the FAFSA. For separated, divorced, or unmarried parents, one parent may complete the FAFSA, and, if so, the other parent must complete and submit a “Parent Financial Statement.” Parents who do not wish to complete the FAFSA must complete and submit a “Parent Financial Statement.” Parental information submitted in the “Parent Financial Statement” will not be released to students without parental consent. The “Parent Financial Statement” may be found at www.architecture.yale.edu/financialaid and must be submitted directly to the School’s Financial Aid Office.

The deadline for completing the FAFSA application is February 1, 2014. Estimated income may be used to complete these applications in order to meet the February 1 deadline. Because scholarship money and some loan funds are limited, students who miss this deadline may jeopardize their eligibility for financial aid. Students who correctly complete their applications in a timely manner can expect to receive a financial aid determination with an offer of admission.

Self-help may require the use of student loans. The Federal Direct Loan has a fixed interest rate of 6.8 percent. There is an origination fee of 1.051 percent. Students may borrow up to $20,500 through an unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan. The student bears the responsibility for interest on the unsubsidized loan, which may be paid as it accrues or it may be capitalized.

Federal Perkins Loans have a fixed interest rate of 5 percent, and the interest does not accrue until after a nine-month grace period after graduation has elapsed. Because funding for the Federal Perkins Loan is extremely limited, Yale University requires the student to borrow the maximum Federal Direct Loan before a Federal Perkins Loan can be awarded. Students may borrow up to $6,000 per year in a Federal Perkins Loan, provided funds are available.

Graduate students who have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are eligible to borrow under the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan program up to the cost of attendance minus other financial assistance. Requirements include a determination that the applicant does not have an adverse credit history. This loan carries a fixed interest rate of 7.9 percent and an origination fee of 4.204 percent. Interest is not subsidized by the government and may either be paid monthly while enrolled or capitalized (added to principal) upon graduation or while on leave or separation from the University. Payments on principal are deferred while students are enrolled. Payment on this loan begins 45 days after graduation, on leave, or separation from the University. A complete description of this loan with payment options can be found at www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov.

After admission to the Yale School of Architecture, students are required to complete a verification process, which 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. In addition, matriculating students who applied for a Federal Direct Loan, Perkins Loan, or Plus Loan will be required to have an online entrance interview before any loan proceeds can be disbursed. 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 estimated on the financial aid application(s). In addition, all awards are contingent on the student meeting the general eligibility requirements specified by the U.S. Department of Education, including satisfactory academic progress requirements. 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. Barring any significant changes in a student’s financial circumstances (including parental information for students with a Family Resource Scholarship), students can generally expect their need-based scholarship awards to be renewed in subsequent years. However, scholarship awards continue only through the normal equivalent length of time required to complete the program of study to which the student was admitted.

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Financial Aid for International Students

See the chapter International Students for financial aid information for international students.

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Additional Sources of Funding

All students are encouraged to aggressively seek additional funding beyond what is available from the School of Architecture. One of the most helpful Web sites to search for third-party scholarships is www.finaid.org.

Students must advise the Financial Aid Office of all additional awards received (scholarships, grants, loans, teaching assistantships, teaching fellowships, etc.) in order to comply with federal regulations as well as University policy. As a general rule, gift assistance 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 may affect a student’s need-based scholarship from the School of Architecture.

Other Loan Programs

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 Direct and Federal Perkins programs, or who are not eligible for either of these programs. The interest rate is generally tied to the prime or LIBOR rate, and a standard commercial credit analysis is required. A creditworthy co-signer may also be required.

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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.

Guidelines for Academic Progress

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.F of the School of Architecture Handbook, www.architecture.yale.edu/drupal/school_handbook#AcademicStanding, for the definition of “academic probation”). All other students meet the qualitative SAP standard.

Quantitative standards A student meets the quantitative SAP standard if he or she maintains a pace of earning at least one-half (50 percent) of the total credits he or she attempted. “Incompletes” do not count as credits attempted (refer to Section II.G.1 of the School of Architecture Handbook, www.architecture.yale.edu/drupal/school_handbook#Evaluation, for information on “Incompletes”). “Withdrawals” count as credits attempted (refer to Section II.B. of the School of Architecture Handbook, www.architecture.yale.edu/drupal/school_handbook#Registration, 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 his or her degree requirements cannot exceed more than 200 percent of the published length of the student’s program (refer to Section II.C. of the School of Architecture Handbook, www.architecture.yale.edu/drupal/school_handbook#ScheduleofStudy, for the published length of programs of study).

Financial Aid Warning

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 that he or she is 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.”

Financial Aid Probation and Appeals

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. The student must submit a written appeal to the Dean’s Office within two weeks of receiving notice that he or she 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.

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Additional Information

Students who have additional questions regarding financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office, Yale School of Architecture, PO Box 208242, New Haven CT 06520-8242, telephone 203.432.2291.

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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 www.gibill.va.gov. 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.

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Teaching and Research Opportunities

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.

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Student Employment within the School

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. Pay for 2013–2014 ranges from $10.00 to $13.50 per hour, depending on the level of skill and responsibility required for a particular position. 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.

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Student Employment within the University

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 www.yale.edu/seo.

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Job Opportunities outside the University

The School is often advised of various job 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.

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