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Tuition, Fees, and Other Expenses

Tuition And Fees, 2013–2014

Master’s Programs

The 2013–2014 tuition for master’s degrees (Master of Environmental Management, Master of Forest Science, Master of Environmental Science, and Master of Forestry) is $34,950. Tuition for special students is based on the number of courses taken. The School reserves the right to revise tuition as it deems appropriate. Tuition does not include hospitalization insurance as required by the University, or materials fees charged by other schools and departments in the University.

Two-year master’s students must pay full tuition for two years, regardless of the number of courses taken.

For 2013–2014, a single student should also anticipate estimated expenses of $590 for books and supplies; $2,040 for hospitalization insurance; living expenses of $15,050 for room, board, transportation, and personal expenses for the nine-month academic year; $250 for the Student Activities Fee; and $70 for the Technology Fee.

Doctor of Philosophy Program

The 2013–2014 tuition for the Ph.D. program is $36,500. Most doctoral students receive a School fellowship that covers the cost of their tuition and provides a twelve-month stipend for the first five years of their program. In 2013–2014 the stipend is $28,000. Doctoral students must pay a nominal continuing registration fee for no more than three years thereafter. In 2013–2014 the continuing registration fee is $930.

For 2013–2014, a single student can expect living expenses of approximately $26,954 for twelve months.

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Registration

All students in the master’s programs must register for courses using the online registration system (available at www.yale.edu/sis) within the normal shopping period. The shopping period is the first two weeks of classes for the fall and spring terms (see academic calendar). A penalty of $25 will be charged for late registration until midterms; a penalty of $35 will be charged from midterms to the last day of classes.

International students are required to complete a nonacademic registration at the Office of International Students and Scholars prior to their regular academic registration.

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Part-Time Tuition Fees

The tuition charge for part-time students is 25 percent of tuition for one course, 50 percent for two courses, 75 percent for three courses, and full tuition for four or more courses for each term of attendance.

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Continuous Registration

Master’s degree students who wish to pursue their research through a six-month or one-year internship are permitted to do so and are considered enrolled on a full-time basis (student is entitled to continue membership in Yale Health and defer student loans). Upon return, the student will register as a full-time student and pay tuition for the period needed to complete his/her degree requirements. Students may not register for regular course work, or work as a teaching assistant, while on continuous registration status. The fee for continuous registration is $1,250 per term. Students are permitted to be on continuous registration for a maximum of two terms.

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Tuition Deposit

Upon acceptance of admission, a deposit of $500 payable directly to the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is required to hold a place in the entering class. If a decision is made not to matriculate, the deposit will not be refunded.

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Tuition Rebate and Financial Aid Refund Policy

On the basis of the federal regulations governing the return of federal student aid (Title IV) funds for withdrawn students, the rebate and refund of tuition are subject to the following policy.

  • 1. For purposes of determining the refund of federal student aid funds, any student who withdraws from the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies for any reason during the first 60 percent of the term will be subject to a pro rata schedule that will be used to determine the amount of Title IV funds a student has earned at the time of withdrawal. A student who withdraws after the 60 percent point has earned 100 percent of the Title IV funds. In 2013–2014, the last days for refunding federal student aid funds will be October 29, 2013, in the fall term and March 27, 2014, in the spring term.
  • 2. For purposes of determining the refund of institutional aid funds and for students who have not received financial aid:
  • a. 100 percent of tuition will be rebated for withdrawals that occur on or before the end of the first 10 percent of the term: September 6, 2013, in the fall term and January 22, 2014, in the spring term.
  • b. A rebate of one-half (50 percent) of tuition will be granted for withdrawals that occur after the first 10 percent but on or before the last day of the first quarter of the term: September 21, 2013, in the fall term and February 6, 2014, in the spring term.
  • c. A rebate of one-quarter (25 percent) of tuition will be granted for withdrawals that occur after the first quarter of a term but on or before the day of midterm: October 15, 2013, in the fall term and March 2, 2014, in the spring term.
  • d. Students who withdraw for any reason after midterm will not receive a rebate of any portion of tuition.
  • 3. The death of a student shall cancel charges for tuition as of the date of death, and the bursar will adjust the tuition on a pro rata basis.
  • 4. If the student has received student loans or other forms of financial aid, funds will be returned in the order prescribed by federal regulations; namely, first to Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans, if any; then to Federal Perkins Loans; Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans; next to any other federal, state, private, or institutional scholarships and loans; and, finally, any remaining balance to the student.
  • 5. Recipients of federal and/or institutional loans who withdraw are required to have an exit interview before leaving Yale. Students leaving Yale receive instructions on completing this process from Yale Student Financial Services.

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Student Accounts and Bills

Student accounts, billing, and related services are administered through the Office of Student Financial Services, which is located at 246 Church Street. The telephone number is 203.432.2700, or visit www.yale.edu/sfs/contactus.

Bills

Yale University’s official means of communicating monthly financial account statements is through the University’s Internet-based system for electronic billing and payment, Yale University eBill-ePay. Yale does not mail paper bills.

Student account statements are prepared and made available twelve times a year at the beginning of each month. Payment is due in full by 4 p.m. Eastern Time on the first business day of the following month. E-mail notifications that the account statement is available on the University eBill-ePay Web site (www.yale.edu/sis/ebep) are sent to all students at their official Yale e-mail addresses and to all student-designated authorized payers. It is imperative that all students monitor their Yale e-mail accounts on an ongoing basis.

Bills for tuition, room, and board are available to the student during the first week of July, due and payable by August 1 for the fall term; and during the first week of November, due and payable by December 1 for the spring term. The Office of Student Financial Services will impose late fees of $125 per month (up to a total of $375 per term) if any part of the term bill, less Yale-administered loans and scholarships that have been applied for on a timely basis, is not paid when due. Nonpayment of bills and failure to complete and submit financial aid application packages on a timely basis may result in the student’s involuntary withdrawal from the University.

No degrees will be conferred and no transcripts will be furnished until all bills due the University are paid in full. In addition, transcripts will not be furnished to any student or former student who is in default on the payment of a student loan.

The University may withhold registration and certain University privileges from students who have not paid their term bills or made satisfactory payment arrangements by the day of registration. To avoid delay at registration, students must ensure that payments reach Student Financial Services by the due dates.

Charge for Rejected Payments

A processing charge of $25 will be assessed for payments rejected for any reason by the bank on which they were drawn. In addition, the following penalties may apply if a payment is rejected:

  • 1. If the payment was for a term bill, a $125 late fee will be charged for the period the bill was unpaid.
  • 2. If the payment was for a term bill to permit registration, the student’s registration may be revoked.
  • 3. If the payment was given to settle an unpaid balance in order to receive a diploma, the University may refer the account to an attorney for collection.

Yale University eBill-ePay

There are a variety of options offered for making payments. Yale University eBill-ePay is the preferred means for payment of bills. It can be found at www.yale.edu/sis/ebep. Electronic payments are easy and convenient—no checks to write, no stamps, no envelopes, no hassle. Payments are immediately posted to the student’s account. There is no charge to use this service. Bank information is password-protected and secure, and there is a printable confirmation receipt. Payments can be made twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, up to 4 p.m. Eastern Time on the due date to avoid late fees. (The eBill-ePay system will not be available when the system is undergoing upgrade, maintenance, or repair.) Students can authorize up to three authorized payers to make payments electronically from their own computers to the student’s account using Yale’s system.

Use of the student’s own bank payment service is not authorized by the University because it has no direct link to the student’s Yale account. Payments made through such services arrive without proper account identification and always require manual processing that results in delayed crediting of the student’s account, late fees, and anxiety. Students should use Yale eBill-ePay to pay online. For those who choose to pay by check, remittance advice with mailing instructions is available on the Web site.

Yale Payment Plan

The Yale Payment Plan (YPP) is a payment service that allows students and their families to pay tuition, room, and board in ten equal monthly installments throughout the year based on individual family budget requirements. It is administered by the University’s Office of Student Financial Services. The cost to enroll in the YPP is $100 per contract. The deadline for enrollment is June 20. For additional information, please contact Student Financial Services at 203.432.2700 and select “Press 1” from the Main Menu. The enrollment link can be found online in the Yale Payment Plan section of the Student Accounts Web site: www.yale.edu/sfas/financial/accounts.html#payment.

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Master’s Financial Aid, 2013–2014

Policies and Procedures

In academic year 2013–2014, F&ES will award approximately $4 million in institutional scholarships and student assistantship (work-study) funding to its master’s degree students. About three-quarters of the School’s students receive institutional scholarships in any given year.

The primary basis for financial aid packages at the School is financial need. Merit is a secondary factor. Financial need is determined by review of the financial aid application materials, and merit is determined by review of the admission application materials. A package often consists of an institutional scholarship, student assistantship, and loans. The amount of funding for each student is determined at the time of admission. Therefore, it is critical that the financial aid application deadline of February 15 for incoming students is met.

Students who demonstrate financial need may receive a scholarship to cover a portion of their total educational costs, which include tuition, fees, living expenses, hospitalization insurance, and books and supplies. However, because funds are limited, scholarships cannot be awarded to meet the full need of all admitted students.

A student’s financial need is determined by an analysis of only the student’s (and spouse’s, if applicable) income and assets. The student is required to report any financial assistance he or she expects to receive from his or her family or other third parties on the F&ES financial aid application.

Students enrolled less than half-time (i.e., for less than 6 credits in a term) and students who are not actively working toward a degree, such as those in continuous registration status, are not eligible for financial aid from the School. Furthermore, financial aid awards are based on an assumption of full-time enrollment and will be revised proportionately should a student choose to enroll less than full-time. Students considering enrolling less than full-time should first consult with the director of student services and the director of financial aid to understand the academic and financial consequences, respectively, of that decision.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents requesting financial aid must complete:

  • • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • • F&ES Financial Aid Application

International students requesting financial aid must complete:

  • • F&ES Financial Aid Application
Joint-Degree Students

In most joint-degree programs, a student splits time between the two schools, spending one and one-half years at each school for a total of three years in the program.

Each school is fiscally independent, which means that the financial aid award a student receives at one school is not transferrable to the sister school. The joint-degree student should follow the financial aid application procedures for the school to which the student will be paying tuition. The student paying tuition at F&ES should apply for financial aid through F&ES. The student paying tuition at another Yale graduate or professional school or at a school that has a joint-degree program with Yale should apply for financial aid through that school.

If the joint-degree student is applying for admission to two schools simultaneously, the student should apply for financial aid at both schools, also simultaneously.

Fifth-Year Students

During their senior year at Yale College, students may apply for admission to the F&ES Fifth Year program. These students sometimes defer their enrollment in the F&ES master’s program for a year of outside volunteer work or employment. To be considered for financial aid for their enrollment at F&ES, these students must submit their financial aid application materials by the February 15 deadline prior to their matriculation into the program. This could mean that the student submits the financial aid application materials during the deferral or “gap” year. It is the student’s responsibility to submit all documents by the February 15 deadline.

Scholarships

Most of the School’s scholarship budget is funded by private donors. Students are automatically considered for all named scholarships. These scholarships are not in addition to any general scholarship a student receives in the financial aid award but may be matched to a scholarship recipient once the student matriculates.

Named Scholarships

The School is delighted to recognize the generosity of the donors who have helped make the following scholarships possible:

  • Beinecke/FES Scholarship #1
  • Beinecke/FES Scholarship #2
  • Forrest Berkeley Conservation Scholars
  • Sara Shallenberger Brown Scholarship
  • Leland H. Burt (’30 B.S.) Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Philip Laurance Buttrick (M.F. 1911) Fund
  • Paul Douglas Camp Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Leonard G. Carpenter (B.A. 1924) Scholarship Fund
  • Elias and Ann Clark Scholarship
  • Class of 1980 Scholarship Fund
  • Abigail Disney and Pierre Hauser Scholarship
  • Strachan Donnelley Scholarship
  • Strachan and Vivian Donnelley Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Michael P. Dowling Scholarship
  • Enid Storm Dwyer Scholarship Fund
  • Boyd Evison Scholarship Fund
  • Edith and Johannes Fröndt Scholarship Fund
  • John S. Griswold (B.A. 1937) Scholarship Fund
  • H. Stuart Harrison (B.A. 1932) Fellowship Fund
  • Vira I. Heinz Endowment Scholarship
  • John and Catha Hesse Fund
  • Adelaide Hixon Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Joseph M. Hixon III FES Scholarship
  • Jacqueline C. and John R. Hullar Scholarship Fund
  • Stephen and Betty Kahn Scholarship Fund
  • Marvin Klemme (M.F. 1935) Fellowship Fund
  • Kroon Environmental Studies Scholarship Fund
  • Fred Krupp Scholarship in Environmental Studies
  • Leadership Scholars Fund
  • John A. MacLean Scholarship
  • Preston R. Miller Jr. ’71 F&ES Scholarship Fund
  • John M. Musser Fellowship
  • Caroline P. Niemczyk Scholarship
  • Carl F. Norden Family Scholarship Fund
  • Gilman Ordway (B.A. 1947) Family Scholarship Fund for Environmental Studies
  • Rockefeller-Underhill Scholarship for Tropical Conservation
  • Benjamin F. Stapleton, Jr. (LL.B. 1942) Scholarship Fund
  • John R. Twiss (1960) Student Conservation Association Fellowship
  • Rodney B. Wagner Class of 1954 International Scholarship Fund
  • Charles F. Wilson (B.A. 1939) Memorial Fund
  • Ray L. Wilson Scholarship Fund
  • Frank & Lynne Wisneski F&ES Scholarship Fund
  • Wyss Foundation Scholarship
Employment Opportunities

F&ES student assistantships F&ES student assistants earn $15 per hour and are limited to an average of ten hours per week or $4,200 per academic year. All work in these positions must take place during the fall and spring terms only. Each year more than one hundred positions are available. Students must apply for financial aid and have financial need to apply for and work in these positions. These positions vary from clerical to research to editorial work.

Job opportunities through the Yale Student Employment Office Positions are available throughout the University and the City of New Haven with hourly wages from $12 to $14. Opportunities are listed on the Yale Student Employment Office Web site (www.yalestudentjobs.org). The office is located on the lower level of 246 Church Street.

Research or teaching fellowships Research or teaching fellowships are also available at the University for qualified students. Interested students must contact professors or departments directly.

Loans

Federal Direct Loans (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only) In general, the maximum annual loan amount is $20,500. The interest rate is fixed at 6.8% with an origination fee of 1.051%. (The increase in the origination fee from the previous 1% is due to the sequester as mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 and is effective for all loans disbursed after March 1, 2013.) There is no credit check required. The standard repayment term is ten years. A six-month grace period immediately follows separation from school or otherwise dropping below half-time enrollment status, at which time repayment is required. The interest accruing to the loans is the responsibility of the student, who may make interest-only payments or choose to defer those payments until the expiration of the grace period, at which time the repayment of principal and interest is required. The loan is requested by completing and returning a loan request form available on the School’s financial aid forms Web page: http://environment.yale.edu/aid/forms. After initial processing, the loan will be assigned to one of four loan servicers contracted with the U.S. Department of Education: FedLoan (PHEAA), Great Lakes, Nelnet, or Sallie Mae.

Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loans (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only) In general, the maximum annual loan amount is the cost of attendance minus all other resources. The interest rate is fixed at 7.9% with an origination fee of 4.204%. (The increase in the origination fee from the previous 4% is due to the sequester as mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 and is effective for all loans disbursed after March 1, 2013.) A credit check is required. The standard repayment term, grace period, and responsibility for the payment of accrued interest are the same as for Federal Direct Loans. The loan is requested by completing and returning a loan request form available on the School’s financial aid forms Web page. After initial processing, the loan will be assigned to one of four loan servicers contracted with the U.S. Department of Education: FedLoan (PHEAA), Great Lakes, Nelnet, or Sallie Mae.

Yale International Loans (international students only) In general, the maximum annual loan amount is the cost of attendance minus all other resources. The interest rate is fixed at 7.75% with an origination fee of 5%. There is no credit check required. The standard repayment term is ten years. As with Federal Direct Loans, the interest accruing from the time of disbursement is the responsibility of the student, who may make interest-only payments while in school or request to defer those payments until separation from school or otherwise dropping below half-time enrollment status, at which time a six-month grace period begins, followed by the required repayment of principal and interest. The loan is requested by completing and returning loan request and self-certification forms available on the School’s financial aid forms Web page. The Yale Student Loan Billing and Payment Office is responsible for the management and collection of the loan.

International Students—Certification of Finances for Visa

International students must certify full funding for their entire two-year course of study before visa documents can be issued. Instructions and forms are mailed after an admitted student accepts the offer of admission (deadline April 15). More information is available from Yale’s Office of International Students and Scholars: www.yale.edu/oiss.

Veterans

Eligible students are strongly encouraged to seek specific information about Veterans Administration benefits from their local Veterans Administration office by calling 800.827.1000 or visiting www.gibill.va.gov. The School also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The directors of student services and financial aid coordinate the administration of benefits at the School.

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