At the Yale School of Public Health, we understand that the complexity of the financial aid process can dissuade bright and eligible students from pursuing the value of a public health education. Familiarizing yourself with financial aid- scholarships, grants, student employment and loans- is essential for two reasons:
Financial aid should never be a barrier to a meaningful education. This article, paired with YSPH’s student focused, one-on-one financial aid counseling and guidance, aims to demystify financial aid and empower prospective applicants to seek financial aid.
For US citizens and permanent residents, prospective students will fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – more commonly known as the FASFA – using the Yale school code: 001426. The FASFA is a form which estimates a graduate student’s eligibility for loans and federal work study aid based on basic demographic and financial information. Note that parents’ information is not required. For international citizens should investigate their respective countries’ financial aid resources, as many countries host their own programs. If this all seems a bit nerve-wracking, YSPH’s financial aid team is available to provide one-on-one support to help you track down and understand these documents while applying.
YSPH ensures that its students have ample opportunities to acquire and incorporate scholarship opportunities both from within the school and external funding sources. In fact, applying for YSPH scholarships requires no work beyond filling out the regular admissions application. Since you so thoroughly document your merit when you apply to YSPH, financial aid uses your admissions application itself to complete a holistic review to determine eligibility for all YSPH funding sources. This streamlines the process and spares you extra paperwork. Beyond internal scholarship opportunities, YSPH encourages and assists applicants in the search for external scholarship sources. If you are awarded a scholarship from an external source, it won’t reduce YSPH scholarship eligibility — however, as with all financial aid, your total financial aid may not exceed the total estimated costs for the year.
At YSPH you can use federal or private loans (if eligible) to finance your investment in your education. You will be contacted to elect student loans in the summer. But to help you plan, U.S. citizens and permanent residents can rely on the FASFA to view your basic eligibility for federal loans without committing to a plan. International citizens should first explore the options in your home country. Some countries will offer loans with favorable interest rates to their student citizens studying abroad on a country-by-country basis. Finally, there are private loan options for both domestic and international students. Regardless of citizenship you can use this resource to view a list of lenders Yale students have chosen in the past. Non-U.S. students should note that many, but not all, private lenders will ask for a U.S. citizen co-signer.