Application Guidelines for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

To ensure that students benefit from the full range of available financial aid, Yale requires the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is used to determine eligibility for federal and state grants as well as the low-interest Federal Direct Loan program.

Institutional aid is a substantial component of the financial aid package for most Yale College students, and the CSS Profile, along with FAFSA, is required to determine eligibility for Yale scholarships. The CSS Profile provides an automatic fee waiver for applicants from low-income families with few assets.

The following information will help you determine which applications and forms you will need to submit for financial aid consideration.

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Required Forms How to Apply/Where to Send
Yale Financial Aid Application

There is no Institutional Financial Aid Application required at this time. A supplemental application will be sent to matriculated students in May.

2015–2016 CSS Profile Application

Apply on line on the College Board's Web site. Yale’s CSS College Code is 3987. Yale receives your Profile data electronically from CSS so you do not send copies or printouts of your application to Yale.

The recommended due date for submitting the CSS Profile has passed. Please submit your CSS Profile as soon as possible.

CSS Noncustodial Profile
(Only required if your parents are divorced, separated, or were never married.)

When you complete your Profile registration, the College Board will notify you that Yale requires the Noncustodial Profile. You will be sent an e-mail that details the requirement and you will be directed to share this e-mail with your noncustodial parent. This e-mail will contain a link to the Noncustodial Profile Web site as well as login instructions for your noncustodial parent.

The recommended due date for submitting the CSS Noncustodial Profile has passed. Please submit your CSS Noncustodial Profile as soon as possible.

Parents' tax return(s)

Custodial Parents: If you have submitted the CSS Profile Application, as early as February you will receive the cover sheet and instructions about the IDOC process. You will then submit signed copies of your parents' 2014 federal tax returns (including all W2 forms and schedules) to the College Board's Imaging and Documentation Service (IDOC). All documents sent to IDOC must include the cover sheet provided by CSS.

A tax return is required for the initial estimate of your financial aid eligibility. If your parents' 2014 tax returns are not yet available, you should send copies of your parents' 2013 tax returns directly to Student Financial Services now, then submit your parents' 2014 tax returns to IDOC as soon as they are available.

Noncustodial Parents: Your noncustodial parent must send a copy of his/her 2014 tax return directly to Student Financial Services. If your noncustodial parent's 2014 tax return is not yet available, you should send a copy of his/her 2013 tax return now, then submit a copy of the 2014 tax return as soon as it is available.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Apply on line at

Student and parent tax filers: Your taxable income must be verified by using the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool or by comparing it to an IRS tax return transcript. If you filed your federal tax return electronically at least two weeks prior to today or submitted your paper returns 6–8 weeks prior to today, you may be eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. We strongly encourage you to use this tool which allows both the parent and student to provide consent to the IRS to upload data from your federal tax returns at the time you complete your FAFSA. If you have not completed your tax return yet, you will not be able to use Data Retrieval until you do. However, you can complete the FAFSA using estimates and go back later to complete the Data Retrieval.

You will not be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Process and must submit an IRS Tax Transcript if any of the following applies:

  • You are married but filed separate returns for the 2014 tax year
  • Filed an amended 2014 tax return
  • Had a change in marital status after the end of the tax year on December 31, 2014

To request a tax return transcript, visit the IRS Web site.

Mailing Information

Regular Mail Overnight Mail Fax
Yale University
Student Financial Services
PO Box 208288
New Haven, CT 06520-8288
Yale University
Student Financial Services
246 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 777-6100

When submitting financial aid information directly to Yale using the above information, be sure that your name (as the student applicant) and date of birth are listed on the top of each document.