You must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You can apply electronically or you may complete a paper application which can be obtained from your local library or high school, Yeshiva University Student Aid, or the Federal Student Aid Information Center (PO Box 84, Washington, DC 20044, telephone: 800-433-3243.)
No, this form is free of charge.
You should apply as soon as possible after January 1 of the year for which you are seeking aid. Your eligibility is determined one award year at a time. The results from your application are good only for that award year (July 1 to June 30) After you've applied for the first time, you can apply more easily and quickly in subsequent award years by completing a Renewal FAFSA. With a Renewal FAFSA, you have to fill out only the information that changed from the previous award year.
When your FAFSA is processed, a formula is applied to the information you provided. The formula takes into account your family's income and some types of assets. The formula result is called the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). It indicates how much money you and your family are expected to contribute toward your cost of attendance for the school year. Your remaining financial need is determined by taking the cost of attendance and subtracting your EFC, and aid you will get from other sources (YU, state governments, outside scholarships, etc).
After the Department of Education receives your data, they will wait 14 days for your signature page to arrive. If they do not receive one within that time, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) without an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This is considered an incomplete application and you must sign and return this SAR to the address provided to complete the process.
Notify Student Aid of the changes and a staff member will submit them electronically for you.
Your cost of attendance is the sum of tuition and fees, the cost of room and board (or living expenses for students who live off-campus), the cost of books, supplies, and miscellaneous expenses including allowance for transportation.
You are considered a dependent student unless:
- you are 24 or older by December 31 of the award year
- you are married
- you are enrolled in a master's or doctorate program
- you have dependents (other than a spouse) who live with you, receive more than half of their support from you now, and will continue to receive more than half of their support from you
- you are an orphan or a ward of the court (or were a ward of the court until age 18)
- you are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces
No, but you must be attending school at least half time to be eligible to receive Stafford loans. Half time is defined as enrollment of at least six credit hours per semester. Half-time enrollment is not a requirement to receive aid from the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Work-Study, and Federal Perkins Loan programs.
You must be one of the following to receive federal student aid: - U.S. citizen or national (includes citizens of American Samoa or Swain's Island)
- U.S. permanent resident who has an I-151, I-551, or I-551C (Alien Registration Receipt Card)
If you're not in one of these categories, you must have an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) showing one of the following designations in order to be eligible:
- "Asylum Granted"
- "Indefinite Parole" and/or "Humanitarian Parole"
- "Cuban-Haitian Entrant, Status Pending"
- "Conditional Entrant" (valid only if issued before April 1, 1980)
If you have only a Notice of Approval to Apply for Permanent Residence (I-171 or I-464), you are not eligible for federal student aid. If you're in the United States on an F1 or F2 student visa only, or on a J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa only, you can't receive federal student aid. Also, persons with G series visas (pertaining to international organizations) are not eligible for federal student aid.
You can check your application status online. Only electronic filers, however, can make corrections to their information on that site. If you filed a paper FAFSA, you must include the postcard that comes with it. The Department of Education will stamp the postcard with the date your FAFSA was received and mail the postcard back to you. They will process your FAFSA within four weeks from the date you mail it. Then, you will receive a SAR in the mail. Whether you apply on-line or by mail, the SAR you receive will reflect the information you provided on your FAFSA. If the information you provided is complete and the government has your signature, your SAR will also have your EFC. You can fix any mistakes on your SAR by putting the correct answers, signing it, and mailing it back. Student Aid will be able to process corrections electronically for you. Make sure you keep a photocopy of your SAR. If you apply on-line, your FAFSA will be processed in about a week. The processing results will be sent electronically to Yeshiva University, and you'll get a SAR Information Acknowledgement in the mail. You can check the information on your SAR Information Acknowledgement, but you cannot use it to make corrections. Student Aid can make electronic corrections, or you can make corrections directly on you SAR report. You can request a duplicate SAR from the Federal Student Aid Information Center by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).
For many of our students, the FAFSA doesn't give an accurate picture of their family's finances. If you (student) have younger siblings in private school, please have your parents fill out the private school expense form, which can also be found on the forms section of the main page. If there are other extenuating circumstances that you would like us to consider, please contact your financial aid advisor at 212-960-5399 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For this type of loan, you must fill out a FAFSA. After your FAFSA is processed, we will review the results and will inform you about your loan eligibility. You will also have to sign a promissory note. If you have financial need remaining after your EFC, Federal Pell Grant eligibility, and aid from other sources are subtracted from your cost of attendance, you can borrow a Stafford Loan to cover some or all of that remaining need. To apply for a Stafford Loan and to see a list of our commonly used providers, please see our Stafford Loan website.
If you are eligible, the government will pay the interest on your loan while you're in school, for the first six months after you leave school, and when you qualify to have your payments deferred. This type of loan is a subsidized loan. Depending on your financial need, you may borrow subsidized money for an amount up to the annual loan borrowing limit for your grade level.
You might be eligible for loan money beyond your subsidized loan. If so, you can pay for some of your remaining costs with an unsubsidized loan. We subtract the total amount of your other financial aid from your cost of attendance to determine whether you are eligible for an unsubsidized loan. You will be charged interest from the time the unsubsidized loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. You can choose to pay the interest or allow it to accumulate and be capitalized (that is, added to the principal amount of your loan). You might be able to receive a subsidized loan and an unsubsidized loan for the same enrollment period.
If you're a dependent undergraduate student, each year you can borrow up to:
- $5,500 (up to $3,500 can be subsidized) if you're a first-year student enrolled in a program of study that is at least a full academic year
- $6,500 (up to $4,500 can be subsidized) if you've completed your first year of study and the remainder of your program is at least a full academic year
- $7,500 (up to $5,500 can be subsidized) if you've completed two years of study and the remainder of your program is at least a full academic year
If you're an independent undergraduate student or a dependent student whose parents are unable to get a PLUS Loan (a Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students), each year you can borrow up to:
- $9,500 if you're a first-year student enrolled in a program of study that is at least a full academic year (at least $6,000 of this amount must be in unsubsidized loans)
- $10,500 if you've completed your first year of study and the remainder of your program is at least a full academic year (at least $6,000 of this amount must be in unsubsidized loans.)
- $12,500 if you've completed two years of study and the remainder of your program is at least a full academic year (at least $7,000 of this amount must be in unsubsidized loans)
These amounts are the maximum yearly amounts you can borrow in both subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford Loans, individually or in combination.
There are two types of Stafford Loans that a student might be eligible for.
- 1. Subsidized Stafford Loans are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need. Because the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) subsidizes the interest, borrowers are not charged interest while they are enrolled in school at least half time and during grace and deferment periods.
Interest Rate Reductions
Over a four-year period beginning July 1, 2008, the interest rate on subsidized Stafford Loans made to undergraduate students will be reduced. The applicable interest rates for loans made during this period are as follows:
First disbursement of a loan:
Interest rate on the unpaid balance
Made on or after
And made before
July 1, 2008
July 1, 2009
July 1, 2009
July 1, 2010
July 1, 2010
July 1, 2011
July 1, 2011
July 1, 2012
These changes apply to subsidized Stafford loans first disbursed on or after July 1 of each year through June 30 of the next year. This change does not affect any prior loans made to borrowers; the terms and interest rates of those loans remain the same. These reduced interest rates apply only to subsidized loans; any unsubsidized Stafford Loan for the same undergraduate borrower would continue to be made at the current fixed interest rate of 6.8 percent.
- 2. Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are awarded to students regardless of financial need.
Borrowers are responsible for paying the interest that accrues during any period. The interest rate of 6.8% will continue to be in effect and will accrue once the loan is disbursed to the students account.
After you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment, you will have a six-month "grace period" before you begin repayment. During this period, you will receive repayment information, and you'll be notified of your first payment due date. You are responsible for beginning repayment on time, even if you don't receive this information.
A Federal Perkins Loan is a low-interest (5 percent) loan for both undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional financial need. Yeshiva University is your lender. The loan is made with government funds with a share contributed by the school. You must repay this loan to your school.
The following maximum loan limits apply: $4,000 for each year of undergraduate study (the total amount you can borrow as an undergraduate is $20,000 if you have completed two years of undergraduate work; otherwise, the total you can borrow is $8,000).
$6,000 for each year of graduate or professional study (the total amount you can borrow as a graduate/professional student is $40,000, including any Federal Perkins Loans you borrowed as an undergraduate).
A Perkins Loan borrower is not charged any fees. However, if you skip a payment, make a payment late, or make less than a full payment, you may have to pay a late charge. If your, you may have to pay collection costs as well.
Yeshiva University will credit your student account directly each semester that you receive a Perkins Loan.
If you're attending school at least half time, you have nine months after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time status before you must begin repayment (you may have longer than nine months if you are on active duty with the military). This is called a grace period. If you're attending less than half time, check with the student loan office to determine your grace period. At the end of your grace period, you must begin repaying your loan. You may be allowed up to 10 years to repay.
Your parents fill out a PLUS Loan application, which is available from our website. To be eligible to receive a PLUS Loan, your parents generally will be required to pass a credit check. A parent cannot be turned down for having no credit history-only for having an adverse one. If your parents don't pass the credit check, they may still be able to receive a loan if someone, such as a relative or friend who is able to pass the credit check, agrees to endorse the loan. An endorser promises to repay the loan if your parents fail to do so. Your parents may also qualify for a loan without passing the credit check if they can demonstrate that extenuating circumstances exist. You and your parents must also meet other general eligibility requirements for federal student financial aid.
The yearly limit on a PLUS loan is equal to your cost of attendance minus any other financial aid you receive from all other sources.
Yeshiva University will receive the money in at least two installments. The school will then apply the money to your tuition and fees, room and board, and other school charges. If any loan money remains, your parents will receive the amount as a check or in cash, unless they authorize that it be released to you. Any remaining loan money must be used for your education expenses.
The interest rate is fixed at 7.9 percent if taken through the Direct Loan program. If the PLUS loan is taken through a bank, the interest rate is 8.5%. Interest is charged on the loan from the date of the first disbursement until the loan is paid.
Generally, the first payment is due within 60 days after the final loan disbursement for the year. There is no grace period for these loans. Interest begins to accumulate at the time the first disbursement is made, and your parents will begin repaying both the principal and interest while you're in school.
A new law was passed that now enables parents to defer payment on PLUS loans while th student is in school, taking at least 6 credits. Please contact your lender for more information.
Yes. Please consult our PLUS loan website for a look at what the different companies offer and links to their websites.
Federal Work-Study provides jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education-related expenses. The federal Work-Study wage is least the current federal minimum wage, but it may be higher, depending on the type of work and the skills required. The total Federal Work-Study award depends on when one applies, the level of need, and the funding level provided to YU.
The amount you earn cannot exceed your total Federal Work-Study award. Your class schedule and your academic progress will be considered in making this determination.
You may pay in full by mailing in a check or logging into MYYU. Once you log in, click on "Student Account SUmmary by Term". Then click on "Pay by Check". If you want to pay by credit card, one time payment is accepted through PhoneCharge,Inc at www.paybyinternet.com/yeshiva or by calling 877-903-9335. If you want to pay in installment you may arrange payments through TMS online at www.afford.com or by calling 800-722-4867. Payment from a third party arrangements are made by completing the YU Third Party Payment Authorization Agreement. The form can be printed here. Wire payments can be made directly from your bank to the YU account at:
JP Morgan Chase
181st Street & St.Nicholas Ave
New York, NY 10033
For the account of: Yeshiva University
Account #: 025-006193
Swift code: CHASUS33
Any financial aid package that is confirmed prior to our billing date, will be indicated on the student invoice. If you are anticipating financial aid to cover all or part of your balance and the amounts are not indicated on your invoice, you will need to contact the Financial Aid Office. If you have been awarded a scholarship you will need to inform the Financial Aid Office.
A student will receive a refund when their account shows an overpayment. This may occur when loans, grants, scholarships, or out of pocket payments exceed the cost of your tuition and fees for the semester.