Scholarships and Loans

Types of Financial Aid

YSN practices need-blind admissions, and students are admitted to degree programs without regard to their ability to pay.  Financial aid is awarded based on demonstrated financial need. U.S. citizens are awarded federal student loans.  Students in the Master’s and DNP programs are also be eligible for scholarships, in accordance with federal regulations and school policies. International students in the Master’s program are eligible for scholarships. Part-time Masters students and Post-Master’s Certificate students are eligible for loans only. YSN offers all incoming Ph.D. students a full funding package.

Scholarships for Masters Students 

YSN Scholarships are awarded to full-time students with demonstrated need beyond federal loans. YSN also offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to incoming students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, leadership capacity, and overall excellence. Merit scholarships are awarded by the Admissions Committee, based entirely on the applicant’s admissions materials. No separate application is necessary. The merit scholarships are awarded upon matriculation and are renewed annually as long as the student maintains full-time enrollment and a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.40 or higher. 

Scholarships for Doctor of Nursing Practice Students 

DNP candidates are eligible for financial aid in the form of both loans and scholarships (Diers Scholarships, Jonas Nursing Scholarships). To be eligible for loans or​ scholarship consideration, applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online before February 15. 

Outside Scholarships

All students are encouraged to seek outside scholarships from their employer, alma mater, organizations with which they are affiliated, and via Web site searches. Students must inform the Financial Aid Office of any outside support, as awards may need to be revised. Revisions, when necessary, begin with loans, not scholarships.

Loans for Graduate and Professional Students

A variety of loan options for graduate nursing students at Yale are listed here: Students typically utilize both the Federal Direct Unsubsidized and PLUS loans. Yale also participates in the Federal Nursing Student Loan program. Nursing Student Loans are awarded to a limited number of students with demonstrated need.