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Tuition, Fees, and Other Expenses

Tuition and Fees, 2014–2015

Master’s Programs

The 2014–2015 tuition for master’s degrees (M.E.M., M.F.S., M.E.Sc., and M.F.) is $36,540. 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/specialty 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 2014–2015, a single student should also anticipate estimated expenses of $590 for books and supplies; $2,102 for hospitalization/specialty insurance; living expenses of $15,368 for room, board, transportation, and personal expenses for the nine-month academic year; $330 for the Student Activities Fee; and $70 for the Technology Fee.

Doctor of Philosophy Program

The 2014–2015 tuition for the Ph.D. program is $37,600. 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 2014–2015 the stipend is $28,400. Doctoral students must pay a nominal continuing registration fee for no more than three years thereafter. In 2014–2015 the continuing registration fee is $1,000.

For 2014–2015, a single student can expect living expenses of approximately $27,393 for twelve months.

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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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Tuition Fees for Special Students

The tuition charge for special 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 $1,750 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 2014–2015, the last days for refunding federal student aid funds will be October 29, 2014, in the fall term and March 27, 2015, 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 5, 2014, in the fall term and January 21, 2015, 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 20, 2014, in the fall term and February 5, 2015, 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, 2014, in the fall term and March 2, 2015, 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.


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, 2014–2015

Policies and Procedures

In academic year 2014–2015, F&ES awarded approximately $4 million in institutional scholarships to the School’s master’s degree students. About three-quarters of F&ES students receive institutional scholarships in any given year.

The School offers financial aid packages primarily based on need but also with a merit component. A package often consists of an institutional scholarship, student assistantship, and loans for students with demonstrated financial need, as determined by review of the financial aid application materials, and with merit, as determined by review of the admission application materials. 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/specialty insurance, and books and supplies. However, because funds are limited, scholarships cannot be awarded to 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 on the F&ES financial aid application.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents requesting financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the F&ES Financial Aid Application for Domestic Students

International students requesting financial aid must complete the F&ES Financial Aid Application for International Students

Satisfactory Academic Progress

To be eligible for financial aid, a student must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in the degree program. Financial aid includes all federal student aid funds (Federal Direct Stafford Loan, Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, and/or Federal Work Study) as well as institutional funds. For a complete explanation of the F&ES SAP policy, please see the F&ES Student Handbook, chapter Rules & Regulations, section Academic Regulations and Policies.

Less Than Half-Time Enrollment, including Continuous Registration

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 F&ES. 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 director of financial aid to understand the academic and financial consequences, respectively, of that decision.

Joint-Degree Students

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

Each school at Yale is financially independent, which means that the financial aid award a student receives at one school is not transferrable to the joint school. The joint-degree student should follow the financial aid application procedures of the school to which the student will be paying tuition. If the student is paying tuition at F&ES, he or she should apply for financial aid through F&ES. If the student is paying tuition at the joint school, he or she 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 his or her deferral or “gap” year. It is the student’s responsibility to submit all documents by the February 15 deadline.


Most of the School’s scholarship budget is funded by private donors. Scholarship recipients are automatically considered for all named scholarships. The named scholarships listed below are not in addition to any generic scholarship a student receives in his or her financial aid award notification but may be matched to a scholarship recipient once the student matriculates.

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

  • Beinecke/F&ES Scholarship
  • Berkley Scholarship
  • George Brett Memorial Scholarship
  • Nelson C. Brown (B.A. 1906, M.F. 1908) Scholarship
  • Sally Brown Scholarship
  • Sara Shallenberger Brown Scholarship
  • Leland H. Burt (B.S. 1930) Endowed Scholarship
  • Philip Laurance Buttrick (M.F. 1911) Scholarship
  • Paul Douglas Camp Memorial Scholarship
  • Leonard G. Carpenter (B.A. 1924) Scholarship
  • Class of 1980 Scholarship
  • Class of 2013 Scholarship
  • Cooper Scholarship
  • Crown Zellerbach Foundation Scholarship
  • Strachan and Vivian Donnelley Scholarship
  • Michael P. Dowling Scholarship
  • Enid Storm Dwyer Scholarship
  • Mark Ehrman Scholarship
  • Frederick V. Ernst (1960) Scholarship
  • Boyd Evison Scholarship
  • F&ES Alumni Association Board Scholarship
  • Forestry YAF Scholarship
  • The Edith and Johannes Frondt Scholarship
  • The Gonzalez Family Scholarship
  • James Lippincott Goodwin (B.A. 1905, M.F. 1910) Scholarship
  • Charles W. Goodyear Memorial Scholarship
  • John S. Griswold (B.A. 1937) Scholarship
  • Leah Hair Scholarship
  • H. Stuart Harrison (B.A. 1932) Fellowship
  • Vira I. Heinz Endowment Scholarship
  • The John and Catha Hesse Scholarship
  • Adelaide Hixon Endowed Scholarship
  • Joseph Hixon F&ES Scholarship
  • Jacqueline C. and John P. Hullar Scholarship
  • Stephen and Betty Kahn Scholarship
  • Peggy King Memorial Scholarship
  • Marvin Klemme (M.F. 1935) Fellowship
  • Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Fellowship
  • Kroon Environmental Studies Scholarship
  • The Fred Krupp Scholarship in Environmental Studies
  • Charles Chacey Kuehn (M.F. 1934) Scholarship
  • The Robert H. Kuehn, Jr. (B.A. 1964, M.U.S. 1968, M.Arch. 1968) Scholarship
  • Kushok Bakula Rimpoche Scholarship
  • Leadership Scholarship
  • David P. Loseff Scholarship
  • John A. MacLean (B.S. 1927) Scholarship
  • Alan N. Mann (1908) Memorial Fellowship
  • Dorothy S. McCluskey Scholarship
  • Preston R. Miller Jr. (1971) F&ES Scholarship
  • Arthur N. Milliken Scholarship
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Fellowship
  • Mary P. Moran Scholarship
  • John M. Musser Fellowship
  • Nestlé Waters Scholarship
  • Caroline P. Niemczyk Scholarship
  • Carl F. Norden Family Scholarship
  • Gilman Ordway (B.A. 1947) Family Scholarship
  • PETAL Foundation Scholarship
  • Rockefeller-Underhill Scholarship for Tropical Conservation
  • James A. Rogers III Scholarship
  • The Heather L. Ross and Edward L. Strohbehn, Jr. Scholarship
  • Andrew Sabin International Environmental Scholarship
  • William Henry Sage Memorial Scholarship
  • The Drs. Poh Shien and Judy Young International Scholarship
  • David M. Smith, Morris K. Jesup Professor of Silviculture Scholarship
  • The David and Karen Sobotka Scholarship
  • Cameron and Gus Speth Scholarship
  • Stapleton Scholarship
  • The Miles Gordon Thompson Scholarship
  • John R. Twiss (1960) Student Conservation Association Fellowship
  • Rodney B. Wagner Class of 1954 International Scholarship
  • William D. Waxter III Fellowship
  • Marianne Welch Scholarship
  • William Egbert Wheeler Scholarship
  • Mr. and Mrs. James Wiley Endowed Scholarship for Conservation Biology
  • Hubert Coffing Williams (Ph.D. 1906, M.F. 1908) Scholarship
  • Charles F. Wilson (B.A. 1939) Memorial Scholarship
  • Ray L. Wilson Scholarship
  • Frank & Lynne Wisneski F&ES Scholarship
  • Charles Boughton Wood Scholarship
  • Wyss Foundation Scholarship for Conservation of the American West
Employment Opportunities

F&ES student assistantships These positions vary from clerical to research to editorial work. Eligible students must have financial need, as confirmed by the F&ES Office of Admissions & Financial Aid. Applications are available on the Yale Student Employment Office Web site (www.yalestudentjobs.org) beginning in August.

The assistantship program is undergoing a restructuring for the 2014–2015 academic year. In 2013–2014 and prior years, the pay rate was $15 per hour, and the supply of positions was always adequate to meet the demand of students seeking employment. Though F&ES continues to support the program, the loss of funding from a source outside F&ES will likely reduce the number of available positions in 2014–2015 and subsequent years.

Research assistantships and teaching fellowships Financial need is not required. Interested students should contact centers, departments, professors, and programs directly beginning in late spring or summer. Pay rates are variable.

Community service jobs Eligible students must have financial need, as confirmed by the F&ES Office of Admissions & Financial Aid. Applications are available on the Yale Student Employment Office Web site beginning in August. Pay rates begin at $12 per hour.

Other on-campus jobs Financial need is not required. Applications are available on the Yale Student Employment Office Web site beginning in August. Pay rates begin at $12 per hour.


Federal Direct Loan (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only) In general, the maximum annual loan amount is $20,500. The interest rate is fixed at 6.21% with an origination fee of 1.072%. 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 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, Great Lakes, Nelnet, or Sallie Mae.

Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only) In general, the maximum annual loan amount is the cost of attendance less all other resources. The interest rate is fixed at 7.21% with an origination fee of 4.288%. A credit check is required. Repayment terms are similar to 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 the four aforementioned loan servicers contracted with the U.S. Department of Education.

Yale International Loan (international students only) In general, the maximum annual loan amount is the cost of attendance less all other resources. The interest rate is fixed at 7.75% with an origination fee of 5%. There is no credit check required. Repayment terms are similar to Federal Direct Loans. 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.

Private education loan (U.S. citizens and permanent residents as primary borrowers or co-borrowers only) In general, the maximum annual loan amount is the cost of attendance less all other resources. The interest rate is fixed or variable and dependent on the credit rating of the primary borrower and co-borrower, if applicable. Origination fees from zero to 3%, repayment terms, and servicing are dependent on the lender. A credit check is required. The loan is requested by applying directly to a lender. A list of lenders from whom students have borrowed recently is available at http://beta.elmselect.com/link/query?schoolid=156.

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.


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.benefits.va.gov/gibill. 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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