Change in Student Status
A student who is in good standing at the medical school may choose to take an additional year of medical school for research, pursuit of a joint degree, electives, or for academic or personal reasons, provided that a sufficient portion of the year is related to medical education. Such a student will be classified as being on “extended study” and will be required to register each term, pay a registration fee and show evidence of medical insurance including mental health coverage equivalent to full coverage by the Yale Health Plan. The Progress Committee must approve any extended study time beyond one year. A student on extended study is considered a full-time student in good standing. Therefore, a student on extended study has the same privileges as any other enrolled medical student, including loan deferrals and continuation of medical malpractice and disability insurance. Students may elect to handle their tuition payments in one of three ways:
1. You may pay full tuition for four consecutive years and a registration fee for the fifth year and beyond. Health insurance will be provided at the student rate by the Yale University Health Services while you are paying the full tuition. You are responsible for your own health insurance during the fifth year and beyond. You have the option of using the Yale Health Plan at the self-pay rate or using another insurance carrier that offers equivalent coverage. Equivalent coverage means that it must include coverage for mental health. You are required to provide documentation of health insurance coverage at registration.
2. You may pay full tuition for each year you are enrolled in full-time study at the School of Medicine and pay a registration fee during the year you are not in the standard curriculum. In this case, the same eligibility and requirements for health insurance apply as in 1 above. For students who have not yet paid 3 full years of tuition, this option may not be allowed.
3. You may split your tuition and registration fee over a two-year period usually years 4 and 5. You may pay one-half of the current rate of tuition and one-half of the registration fee each year. The total amount will be charged in two installments, for each semester. In this case, your health insurance will be provided at the student rate by the Yale University Health Services for both years that split tuition is being paid.
All students who do an extended study year must confer with the associate dean for student affairs and the director of financial aid. For students who need to obtain health insurance, the Yale Health Plan at the self-pay rate provides cost-effective, local coverage of a tremendous range of services. The fall-term deadline for applying for the Yale Health Plan is September 15; the spring-term deadline is January 31. Every Yale medical student must be covered adequately by health insurance during the entire time that he or she is a student.
Students are required to have the year of extended study approved by the associate dean for student affairs and must complete the change of status form and tuition specification form with the registrar and office of financial aid. Because tuition is billed on May 15, the forms should be completed and returned to the registrar prior to that date.
Questions regarding a year of extended study should be directed to the associate dean for student affairs; any questions regarding tuition options should be directed to the director of financial aid.