Support for Students

Yale has long been committed to enrolling the best and most highly motivated students in Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the professional schools. The university spends more than $435 million each year to support students and to advance these aims:

  • Keeping a world-class education affordable for students from diverse backgrounds
  • Providing experiences abroad through international summer awards and international fellowships
  • Reducing our students’ debt, so that after graduation, they are free to pursue their highest aspirations
  • Funding loan forgiveness in select fields that support the community

Yale’s student support programs embody our highest ideals of equality and opportunity, and their impact is pronounced. Twenty-one percent of students in the Yale College Class of 2024 are recipients of federal Pell Grants for low-income students, and 19 percent are first-generation college students. Gifts for student support make possible the scholarships and fellowships that bring these and other exceptional students to Yale. Make your gift now, or keep reading to learn more.


Scholarships are vital in Yale College, where students are admitted regardless of means and more than 53 percent receive need-based aid.

Scholarships also play a critical part in Yale’s professional schools, where many students rely on a combination of financial aid and student loans to pay for their education.


At the Graduate School, which pays the full cost of educating its Ph.D. candidates, funding for students can help keep Yale at the forefront of innovation.

Fellowships can have an impact across the humanities, social sciences, and science disciplines. Flexible and reliable, they are especially vital for students who pursue research across disciplines or explore ideas at the cutting edge of discovery.