Tuition and Fees, 2017–2018
The 2017–2018 tuition for master’s degrees (M.E.M., M.F.S., M.E.Sc., and M.F.) is $41,065. 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 2017–2018, a single student should also anticipate estimated expenses of $500 for books and supplies; $1,500 for transportation, $2,360 for hospitalization/specialty insurance; living expenses of $14,985 for room, board, and personal expenses for the nine-month academic year; $350 for the mandatory Student Activity Fee; and $120 for the mandatory Student IT Fee.
Doctor of Philosophy Program
The 2017–2018 tuition for the Ph.D. program is $41,000. 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 2017–2018 the stipend is $30,250. Doctoral students must pay a nominal continuous registration fee (CRF) for no more than three years thereafter. In 2017–2018 the continuous registration fee is $600 per term.
All students in the master’s programs must register for courses using the online registration system (available at 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 $35 will be charged for any changes made to a student’s course registration after the Add/Drop period.
International students are required to complete a nonacademic registration at the Office of International Students and Scholars prior to their regular academic registration.
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.
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 the 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 $3,250 per term. Students are permitted to be on continuous registration for a maximum of two terms.
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.
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 2017–2018, the last days for refunding federal student aid funds will be November 1, 2017, in the fall term and March 30, 2018, 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 8, 2017, in the fall term and January 25, 2018, 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 23, 2017, in the fall term and February 9, 2018, 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 23, 2017, in the fall term and March 5, 2018, 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.
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 office’s website is student-accounts.yale.edu.
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 website (student-accounts.yale.edu/ebep) are sent to all students at their official Yale e-mail addresses and to all student-designated proxies. Students can grant others proxy access to the eBill-ePay system to view the monthly student account statements and make online payments. For more information, see sfas.yale.edu/proxy-access-and-authorization.
Bills for tuition, room, and board are available 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.
There are a variety of options offered for making payments. Yale University eBill-ePay (student-accounts.yale.edu/ebep) is the preferred means for payment of your monthly student account bill. The ePayments are immediately posted to the student account. There is no charge to use this service. Bank information is password-protected and secure, and a printable confirmation receipt is available. On bill due dates, payments using the eBill-ePay system can be made up to 4 p.m. Eastern Time in order to avoid late fees.
For those who choose to pay the student account bill by check, a remittance advice and mailing instructions are included with the online bill available on the eBill-ePay website. All bills must be paid in U.S. currency. Checks must be payable in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank. Payments can also be made via wire transfer. Instructions for wire transfer are available on the eBill-ePay website.
Yale does not accept credit card 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, late fees of $125 per month will be charged for the period the bill was unpaid, as noted above.
- 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 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 25. Additional details concerning the Yale Payment Plan are available at student-accounts.yale.edu/ypp.
Master’s Financial Aid, 2017–2018
Policies and Procedures
In general, students must apply for financial aid in order to be considered for an F&ES scholarship. Since financial aid awards are based primarily on financial need, information about student finances that is not available in the application for admission is required. F&ES is need-blind. Therefore, applying for financial aid and having financial need in no way affect the decision to offer admission.
The deadline for prospective students to apply for need-based financial aid is February 15. If that deadline is missed, the student will not be considered for need-based financial aid. This can be a costly oversight, as what is received in the second year is generally the same as what is received in the first year. The deadline for current students to apply for financial aid is April 15.
If a student is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, two forms must be submitted, the F&ES Financial Aid Application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If a student is an international student, only one form must be submitted, the F&ES Financial Aid Application. Students must reapply for financial aid for the second year, although the amount of F&ES scholarship will most likely remain the same as in the first year.
A limited number of merit-based scholarships are available, for which no separate financial aid application is required. Examples include merit awards to the top applicants to the Master of Environmental Science and Master of Forest Science programs and the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowships for qualifying Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.
F&ES scholarships, work study, and federal loans (Direct Stafford and Grad PLUS) are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. F&ES scholarships, work study, and Yale International Loans are available to international students.
The primary factor in determining the amount of a need-based F&ES scholarship is financial need as determined by the review of the student’s (and spouse’s, if applicable) income and assets and any third-party funding that the student expects to receive. Merit is a secondary factor.
Students are considered to be financially independent of their parents. Therefore, information about parent income and assets is not required. Students have the option of providing that information, however, which may yield a higher need-based scholarship award. Under no circumstances will it yield a lower scholarship award. On the other hand, students must report any direct financial support that they expect to receive from their parents, such as money for tuition or rent.
Approximately three-quarters of F&ES students receive scholarships in any given year from an annual scholarship budget in excess of $5 million.
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, 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 federal or institutional financial aid. 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 assistant dean of student services and director of financial aid to understand the academic and financial consequences, respectively, of that decision.
In most joint-degree programs, students split their time between the two joint 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, the student should apply for financial aid through F&ES. If the student is paying tuition at the joint school, the student 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.
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 the student’s 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 the 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:
- Jonah Meadows Adels Memorial Scholarship
- Anne Armstrong-Colaccino Scholarship
- Bataua Scholarship
- Beinecke/FES Scholarship
- Flora and John Berbee Scholarship Fund
- Berkley Scholarship
- Jabe Blumenthal Scholarship
- George Brett Memorial Fund
- Broad Arrow Scholarship
- Nelson C. Brown (B.A. 1906, M.F. 1908) Scholarship
- Sara Shallenberger Brown Scholarship
- Coleman P. Burke Scholarship
- Leland H. Burt (’30 B.S.) Endowed Scholarship
- Burt-Pfeiffer Fund
- 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 2017 Scholarship
- Crane Family Scholarship
- Trammell S. Crow (1974) Scholarship
- Crown Zellerbach Foundation Fund
- Strachan and Vivian Donnelley Scholarship
- Michael P. Dowling Scholarship
- Enid Storm Dwyer Scholarship
- Environmental Scholars Fund
- Frederick V. Ernst (1960) Gift Fund
- Boyd Evison Scholarship Fund
- F&ES Alumni Association Board Scholarship
- Forestry YAF Scholarship Fund
- Edith and Johannes Frondt Scholarship
- Gonzalez Family Scholarship
- James Lippincott Goodwin (B.A. 1905, M.F. 1910)
- Charles W. Goodyear Memorial Fund
- John S. Griswold (B.A. 1937) Scholarship
- Leah Hair Scholarship
- H. Stuart Harrison (B.A. 1932) Fellowship
- Vira I. Heinz Endowment Scholarship
- John and Catha Hesse Fund
- Adelaide Hixon Scholarship
- Joseph Hixon FES Scholarship
- Jacqueline C. and John P. Hullar Scholarship
- Jesse D. Johnson 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
- Fred Krupp Scholarship in Environmental Studies
- Charles Chacey Kuehn (M.F. 1934) Fund
- Robert H. Kuehn, Jr. ’64 B.A., ’68 M.U.S., ’68 M.Arch. Scholarship
- Leadership Scholars Fund
- Urey Lisiansky Scholarship Fund
- John A. MacLean ’27S Scholarship
- Alan N. Mann (1908) Memorial Fellowship
- Margaret K. McCarthy and Robert Worth Scholarship
- Dorothy S. McCluskey Scholarship
- Thomas McHenry Scholarship
- Preston R. Miller, Jr. ’71 F&ES Scholarship
- Arthur N. Milliken Scholarship
- Mary P. Moran Scholarship
- John M. Musser Fellowship
- Carl F. Norden Family Scholarship
- Obernauer Family Scholarship
- Gilman Ordway (B.A. 1947) Family Scholarship
- Parklands Scholarship
- PETAL Foundation Scholarship
- Joanne Polayes Scholarship
- Kushok Bakula Rimpoche Scholarship
- Rockefeller-Underhill Scholarship for Tropical Conservation
- Heather L. Ross and Edward L. Strohbehn, Jr. Scholarship
- Andrew Sabin International Environmental Fellowship
- William Henry Sage Memorial Fund
- Ralph C. Schmidt and Susan M. Babcock Scholarship
- Drs. Poh Shien and Judy Young International Scholarship
- Simeone Entomology Scholarship
- David M. Smith, Morris K. Jesup Professor of Silviculture Scholarship
- David and Karen Sobotka Scholarship
- Sobotka Joint F&ES-Jackson Institute Fellowship
- Cameron and Gus Speth Scholarship
- Gillian and Stuart W. Staley ’95 M.P.P.M., ’95 M.E.S. Scholarship
- Stapleton Scholarship
- Student Conservation Association Fellowship in honor of John R. Twiss ’60
- VIEW Scholarship
- Rodney B. Wagner Class of 1954 International Scholarship
- William D. Waxter III Fellowship
- Marianne Welch Scholarship
- William Egbert Wheeler Fund
- Mr. and Mrs. James Wiley Endowed Scholarship for Conservation Biology
- Hubert Coffing Williams (Ph.D. 1906, M.F. 1908)
- Joseph H. Williams Scholarship
- Charles F. Wilson (B.A. 1939) Memorial Fund
- Ray L. Wilson Scholarship
- Frank & Lynne Wisneski F&ES Scholarship
- Charles Boughton Wood Fund
- Wyss Foundation Scholarship for Conservation of the American West
- Yale Club of New Haven
F&ES work study 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 website (yalestudentjobs.org) beginning in August. The pay rate is fixed at $14.25 per hour. At least eighty positions are available annually and only to students with an F&ES affiliation.
Regular student jobs 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 begin at $12.25 per hour for regular student jobs. Pay rates for teaching fellowships are either $4,000 or $8,000 per term depending on the effort level. At least seventy positions are available annually.
Community service jobs Eligible students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have financial need, as confirmed by the F&ES Office of Admissions & Financial Aid. Applications are available on the Yale Student Employment Office website beginning in August. Pay rates begin at $12.25 per hour. At least 100 positions are available annually to students across the University.
Other on-campus jobs Financial need is not required. Applications are available on the Yale Student Employment Office website beginning in August. Pay rates begin at $12.25 per hour. At least 400 positions are available annually to students across the University.
Federal Direct Stafford Loan (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only) In general, the maximum annual loan amount is $20,500. The interest rate is fixed at 5.31% with an origination fee of 1.069%. 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: environment.yale.edu/aid/forms. After initial processing, the loan will be assigned to a servicer contracted with the U.S. Department of Education, such as FedLoan, Great Lakes, Navient, or Nelnet.
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 6.31% with an origination fee of 4.276%. A credit check is required. Repayment terms are similar to Federal Direct Stafford 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 a servicer contracted with the U.S. Department of Education, such as FedLoan, Great Lakes, Navient, or Nelnet.
Yale International Loan (international students only) In general, the maximum annual loan amount is $30,000 or the cost of attendance less all other resources, whichever is less. 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 Stafford 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 elmselect.com/?schoolid=156#/results.
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: oiss.yale.edu.
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 benefits.va.gov/gibill. The School also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, with a maximum contribution amount of $7,500 per student per year. The assistant dean of student services and the director of financial aid coordinate the administration of Veterans Administration benefits at F&ES.