Early Action Application Guidelines
for U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents,
and Canadian 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 and the dates you should submit them. In order to submit your application materials by the November 1 due date, you may need to estimate some of the information.

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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
(Available October 1)
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.
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. Your noncustodial parent must send a copy of his/her 2013 federal tax return directly to Student Financial Services.
Parents' 2013 tax return(s) Submit signed copies of your parents’ 2013 federal tax returns (including all W2 forms, schedules, and business-related tax returns) to Student Financial Services.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1, 2015.

While the FAFSA is not required for the initial determination of your financial aid eligibility, it is helpful for us to have the document on file. We recommend that you complete the FAFSA after the family's 2014 tax returns are completed, but no later than May 10, 2015. Because some state scholarship agencies use the FAFSA to evaluate eligibility, you should also make sure to meet any other applicable deadlines and use estimated information if necessary.

We also strongly encourage you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool available when completing the FAFSA if you filed your 2014 tax return electronically at least two weeks ago or submitted your paper returns 6–8 weeks prior to today. If you have not completed your tax return yet, you will not be able to use Data Retrieval until you do.

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.

You can complete your FAFSA on line at fafsa.ed.gov. When you complete the FAFSA on line, be sure that you and your parents obtain PIN numbers to sign electronically or submit the signature page as instructed. Yale’s FAFSA code is 001426.

Recommended Submission Date

In order to receive a provisional financial aid decision with your admissions decision, you must submit the above application materials by November 1, 2014.

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 your date of birth are listed on the top of each document.