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General Information

Tuition, Special Fees, and Costs

Full-time tuition for master’s students is $17,877.50 per term in the fall 2014 and spring 2015 terms. Students in the first year of the Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing also have a summer tuition fee of $14,215. Tuition for the part-time D.N.P. program is $11,886 per term in the fall 2014 and spring 2015 terms. Tuition for part-time study is determined per term according to the total number of years it takes to complete the degree requirements. The Post-Master’s Certificate program and nonmatriculated part-time study are available at $1,359 per credit. More information is available from the Student Affairs Office.

Acceptance Fee

A nonrefundable fee of $600 is required within three weeks of the receipt of an offer of admission in order to secure a place in the entering class. For matriculating students, $300 will be credited to the fall-term tuition.

Required Fees

The University requires hospitalization insurance for all students. Students are billed $2,102 per year for single student coverage with Yale Health. This fee may be waived with proof of alternative coverage for each year of enrollment. Students are also responsible for the cost of equipment, uniforms, books, photocopying, transportation to and from clinical sites, and on-site parking, if needed. Physical assessment courses have a lab fee of up to $375, and some clinical courses may also have a lab fee. Every student also pays a technology fee of $404.

Other Fees

Service fees are charged for late registration, course schedule changes after the add/drop period, Internet connectivity from a student residence, late return of library materials, and the like.

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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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Financial Aid for the Master’s Program

Students are admitted to degree programs without regard to their ability to pay. All full-time degree candidates are eligible for financial aid in the form of loans, scholarships, and employment. U.S. citizens must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. All students must also complete the School of Nursing Financial Aid Application, available on the School Web site. Graduate Entry Prespecialty Nursing applicants and R.N. applicants to the master’s program must complete these applications by February 1, 2015. All continuing students in the master’s program must file for aid by March 15, 2015. Late applicants may not be eligible for maximum funding. All financial information and files are kept strictly confidential.

Types of Aid

Financial aid is awarded based on demonstrated financial need. U.S. citizens are awarded federal student loans, work-study, and scholarship according to federal regulations and school policy. The School offers Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans, Direct Graduate PLUS Loans, Perkins Loans, and Nursing Student Loans to the maximum eligibility the funds allow. International students are eligible for School scholarship, but not federal student loans. Part-time students are eligible for loans only.

School of Nursing scholarships are awarded to full-time students with demonstrated need beyond federal loans. The Yale School of Nursing also offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to incoming students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, leadership capacity, and overall excellence. These merit scholarships are awarded upon matriculation into the program and are renewed each year as long as students are enrolled full-time and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.40 or higher. These scholarships are awarded in addition to the School’s need-based scholarships.

The Federal Direct Loan for graduate students is available up to a limit of $20,500 per year. Students will be responsible for the interest payments on the loan while in school (the interest may be paid monthly or it may be capitalized, adding the accrued interest to the principal loan amount). The unsubsidized Direct Loan has a fixed interest rate of 6.21% and an origination fee of 1.051%. Borrowers receive a six-month grace period, which means that they do not have to begin repayment until six months after they graduate or when their enrollment drops below half-time status. There are no payments due while enrolled in school, during the grace period, and during any approved deferments (e.g., attendance at graduate school). The standard repayment term is 120 months with a $50 minimum monthly payment.

Perkins Loans may be awarded to students who have demonstrated need beyond the $20,500 Federal Direct Loan. Perkins Loans are subsidized while the student is enrolled and for nine months after graduation. The interest rate is fixed at 5%. A unique feature of the Perkins Loan is that a percentage of the loan is cancelled each year the student works full-time as a nurse; and after five years, the entire loan is cancelled. Funds for this loan are limited.

Nursing Student Loans are awarded after Federal Direct and Perkins Loans to a limited number of students with demonstrated need. The loan is subsidized, interest is 5%, and students have ten years to repay.

The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is a federal student loan with a fixed interest rate of 7.21% and an origination fee of 4.288%. A credit check is performed, but denial is only for adverse credit such as bankruptcy or default. Graduate students are eligible for any amount up to the Cost of Education minus other financial aid. Repayment can be deferred while the student is enrolled, but interest accrues from the date of disbursal.

Work-Study is a federal student aid program available to U.S. students with demonstrated need beyond loans. Awards are usually $1,000 per year for a limited number of students working on faculty research, administrative support, or in the School’s Reading Room. Additional employment is available throughout the University campus.

Students are encouraged to seek outside scholarships from their employer or alma mater, from organizations with which they are affiliated, and via Web site searches. A list of opportunities is available on the School Web site. Students must inform the Financial Aid Office of any outside support, as awards may need to be revised. Revisions begin with loans, not scholarships, whenever possible.

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Financial Support and Visa Process for International Students

International students are also offered admission without regard to their ability to pay. International students seeking aid must complete two applications, the International Student Financial Aid Application and the School of Nursing Financial Aid Application. Both are available at the School’s Web site. Students demonstrating financial need are eligible for scholarships to cover a portion of their tuition.

U.S. immigration regulations require that the University have proof of full financial support before an I-20 can be issued. If additional family members are coming to the United States, financial support is required for their health insurance and living expenses as well. More information is available at Yale’s Office of International Students and Scholars, www.yale.edu/oiss.

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Refund and Rebate

Withdrawal and Leave of Absence, Including Tuition Rebate and Refund

A leave of absence must be requested in writing and is subject to approval by the assistant dean for student affairs. A request for withdrawal must also be in writing and presented first to the specialty director and then to the assistant dean for student affairs. For both leave and withdrawal, the general rules of the University and other policies of the School are applicable. An exit interview is required at the School of Nursing, arranged through the office of the assistant dean for student affairs. See the section Leave of Absence and Withdrawal, in the chapter Master’s Program.

Students who withdraw from the School for any reason during the first 60 percent of the term will receive a pro rata rebate of tuition. No adjustment is made after 60 percent of the term has expired. In 2014–2015, no portion of tuition will be rebated in the fall term after October 28, 2014, for students in the NMPL and D.N.P. programs and after October 30, 2014, for students in the clinical master’s and post-master’s programs. In the spring term, that date is March 25, 2015, for students in the NMPL and D.N.P. programs and March 28, 2015, for students in the clinical master’s and post-master’s programs. For summer term, the 60 percent date is June 28, 2015.

The death of a student will cancel charges for tuition as of the date of death, and the tuition will be adjusted on a pro rata basis.

A student who withdraws from the School of Nursing for any reason during the first 60 percent of the term will be subject to the proration of his or her federal Title IV student aid. A student who withdraws after the 60 percent point has earned 100 percent of his or her federal Title IV student aid. In order to comply with federal regulations, the School must return to the U.S. Department of Education any unearned federal Title IV student aid. In 2014–2015, the last days for refunding federal Title IV student aid are the same as noted above for tuition. Aid will be refunded in the order prescribed by federal regulations, namely, first Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, then Federal Perkins Loan, and finally Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.

For purposes of determining the refund of all other sources of student aid (federal non-Title IV, state, private, or institutional scholarships and loans), a student who withdraws from the School of Nursing for any reason will be subject to the same pro rata schedule as for federal Title IV student aid.

All recipients of federal and institutional student loans who leave the School are required to complete an exit interview. Graduating students are required to complete the process before participating in commencement. Students leaving the School receive instructions on completing this process from Yale Student Financial Services.

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Edward S. Harkness Memorial Hall

Harkness Hall, located only steps away from the School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital, houses students from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, the Physician Associate program, and other graduate and professional schools at Yale. Residents of Harkness Hall live in a secure building with single-occupancy bedrooms. Yale administrative offices occupy the first through third floors of the building. The great advantages of living in Harkness Hall are its close proximity to classes, and the opportunity it provides in bringing together students from the various medical-related fields in a relaxed social setting.

Accommodations include furnished single rooms with sinks, a limited number of two-room suites, a popular dining hall, television lounges, kitchenettes, and other recreational rooms. Dormitory room rental rates are $5,882 to $7,828 during the 2014–2015 academic year (August 2014 to May 2015). Rent includes wired and wireless Ethernet access, cable television hook-up, and all utilities except telephone. A Marigolds meal plan is mandatory for all residents of Harkness Hall.

The first floor houses a dining and lounge area, known as Marigolds, which is open to the Yale community and provides both intimate and large gathering spaces for socializing, reading, watching television, and other activities. A Steinway baby-grand piano is also available for residents. The building contains limited resident storage including a bike storage area, an exercise/weight room, a billiard room, and a laundry room. The Class of 1958 Fitness Center contains a wide assortment of cardiovascular and weight-training equipment. All residents of Harkness dormitory are welcome to use this center, where student ID card scanners provide access. There is no fee for Harkness residents. All medical center program students can use the gym on a fee basis. All users are required to register for gym membership.

For additional information about Edward S. Harkness Memorial Hall or other Yale graduate residences, contact the Graduate Housing Office at 203.432.2167 or visit http://gradhousing.yale.edu.

Graduate Housing Office

The Graduate Housing Department has dormitory and apartment units for a small number of graduate and professional students. The Graduate Dormitory Office provides dormitory rooms of varying sizes and prices for single occupancy only. The Graduate Apartments Office provides unfurnished apartments consisting of efficiencies and one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments for singles and families. Both offices are located in Helen Hadley Hall, a graduate dormitory at 420 Temple Street, and have office hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Applications for 2014–2015 are available as of April 1 online and can be submitted directly from the Web site (http://gradhousing.yale.edu). For new students at the University, a copy of the letter of acceptance from Yale will need to be submitted to the Dormitory or Apartments office. The Web site is the venue for graduate housing information and includes procedures, facility descriptions, floor plans, and rates. For more information on dormitories or apartments, contact gradhousing@yale.edu; tel., 203.432.2167; fax, 203.432.4578.

Off-Campus Housing

Yale Off Campus Housing is a database of rental and sale listings available to the Yale community. The system has been designed to allow incoming affiliates to the University access to the online database at http://offcampus.yale.edu. The use of your University NetID allows you immediate access to search the listings. It also allows you to set up a profile to be a roommate or search for roommates. Those without a NetID can set themselves up as guests by following the simple instructions. For answers to questions, please e-mail offcampushousing@yale.edu or call 203.432.9756.

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Dining Services

Marigolds Dining, located in Edward S. Harkness Hall at the School of Medicine, is open from 7:30 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. For breakfast, Marigolds offers Starbucks coffee, assorted tea, and a seasonal fresh fruit/yogurt bar, as well as a variety of hot breakfast sandwiches, bagels, muffins, and Danish. A complete salad bar, choice of two soups (one vegetarian), pizza by the slice or whole, made-to-order grilled items, selected hot entrées, freshly made sandwiches, snacks, groceries, beverages, and assorted desserts are available for lunch.

Students living in Harkness dormitory are required to participate in a meal plan. The meal plan is a debit-balance system allowing students to spend their board points anytime that the dining room is open. Students on this plan can transfer a meal into any Yale Dining location, seven days a week. Pricing is à la carte.

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The Student Government Organization

The Student Government Organization (SGO), open to all enrolled, was formalized in 1969. The SGO mission statement was revised in 2000 to state: “The mission of the Yale School of Nursing Student Government Organization is to enhance the quality of life and education for the whole community by fostering student vision, leadership, advocacy, and action.” In recent years the SGO has focused on strengthening School-wide communication, providing social activities, and representing a student voice in policy making at YSN. The SGO is responsible for organizing orientation events, coordinating the Big Sib/Little Sib program, and providing support to the class representatives. Additionally, the SGO is committed to supporting community outreach activities within the New Haven area.

Each spring the SGO elects officers for the next term of office, which is from May to May. General meetings are held biweekly, and all students are invited to attend. Students can contact their SGO Board representative by e-mailing YSN-SGO@yale.edu.

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Each year, the Annie Goodrich Award for excellence in teaching is granted to a faculty member chosen by the students. An ad hoc committee, appointed by the cochairs of the SGO, is responsible for soliciting nominations and making the final selection.

Each year the YSN Staff Recognition Award for outstanding service to the YSN community is presented to a staff member chosen by the students. An ad hoc committee, appointed by the cochairs of the SGO, is responsible for soliciting nominations and making the final selection.

Each year the YSN Community Service Award is given to a student who has made outstanding contributions to the New Haven community in the delivery of health care or volunteered his/her time through other community outreach efforts. Nominations are solicited from faculty and students, and the selection is made by a committee.

The Charles King, Jr., Memorial Scholars’ Aid Prize is awarded to a member of the graduating class who has demonstrated outstanding performance in scholarship, research, and clinical practice and who, through accomplishments and leadership, has inspired an admiration for professional work. Nominations are solicited from faculty and students, and the selection is made by a committee.

The Milton and Anne Sidney Prize is awarded to the graduating student whose scholarly inquiry praxis, in the judgment of the faculty, best exemplifies YSN’s commitment to clinical study and its mission to contribute to better health care for all people through systematic study of the nature and effect of nursing practice. Nominations are solicited from faculty, and the selection is made by a committee.

The Anthony DiGuida Delta Mu Research Prize is awarded to a graduating doctoral student who loved doctoral study at YSN and whose love of clinical scholarship has resulted in a dissertation that best exemplifies the goals of Sigma Theta Tau and YSN to advance nursing knowledge through superior clinical scholarship and leadership. Selection is made by a committee of the faculty.

The Connecticut Holistic Health Association Prize for academic excellence at YSN is given to a deserving student demonstrating academic excellence in a holistically oriented research or clinical project of significant social relevance. This annual award was conceived to recognize scholarly endeavors in holistic methods for students in the health professions.

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