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A Leg Even


The Next Step Forward in the Academic & Professional Integration of High-Achieving Lower-Income Students 

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A Leg Even


The Next Step Forward in the Academic & Professional Integration of High-Achieving Lower-Income Students 


Who we Are

 

On January 16, 2014, Yale made a series of 9 commitments to the White House outlining its dedication to making the University even more accessible to our nation’s lower-income students.

A Leg Even (A.L.E.) was founded by a group of students who wanted to do their part in helping their University accomplish that incredible goal.

Our objective is simple: to work alongside our University in combating the unique challenges inherent in the college experiences of Pell Grant recipients, or students requiring the highest amount of financial need as designated by the U.S. Federal Government.

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What we do


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What we do


By arming Federal Pell Grant recipients with the resources necessary to thrive, A.L.E. enables lower-income students to take full advantage of the multitude of academic and professional opportunities at their disposal.

THE PROGRAM OPERATES BASED OFF OF A Three-PRONGED MODEL:


Professional Advising & Academic Support

 

  • Each member of the initial cohort – which is to be comprised of 30 participants – will be paired with a Yale graduate student based on their areas of academic and professional interest. Advisors will provide academic guidance, technical and behavioral interview preparation, career strategy advice, resume and cover letter review, access to their professional networks, and graduate & professional school counseling to all A.L.E. Scholars.

Service in the Local Community

 

  • Participants will take a pledge to serve at least 20 hours each semester of their freshman year with a local educational outreach initiative. Thanks to a partnership with the New Haven-based Dwight Hall Center for Public Service and Social Justice, A.L.E. Scholars are able to more closely align their service with academic and professional interests by choosing from over 25 different potential initiatives.

Summer Sponsorship


 

  • Stipends of $5,000 will be awarded to 20 selected freshmen intending to pursue unpaid summer opportunities with non-profits, NGOs and public sector entities. The remaining 10 spots will be allotted to freshmen pursuing compensated, private sector opportunities, who will receive intensive advising, interview preparation and professional development from upperclassmen and graduate students working in their field of interest.

Through programming, scholars will also interact and engage with faculty in their respective departments of academic interest, facilitating the development of strong academic relationships both in and outside of the classroom.


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A.L.E. & Yale


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A.L.E. & Yale


Yale has seen socio-economic mobility as a central pillar of its mission since its earliest days
— Peter Salovey, President of Yale College

A.L.E. is dedicated to Working alongside our incredible university to MOBILIZe TALENTED LOWER-INCOME STUDENTS AT YALE, BOTH OVER THE COURSE OF THEIR FRESHMAN YEAR AND BEYOND.

Yale College President Peter Salovey chats with students (Photo by Michael Marsland)

Yale has a long and well-established record of making world-class education an affordable option for all prospective students and their families. Our university was one of the first in the country to adopt a need-blind admission policy; at Yale, an applicant's financial status is not considered until after admission.
 

Such a policy requires an extraordinary commitment, as Yale's financial aid department must be prepared to extend aid to each and every admitted student requiring financial assistance. Dedicated to meeting 100% of demonstrated family need, our financial aid department works to ensure that families earning below $65,000 per year do not have to contribute financially to their child's education [1].

Upwards of 53% of Yale's student body receives some form of financial aid, with the average annual award per recipient totaling more than $43,000 [2]. As a result, 84% of students in the Class of 2014 were able to graduate debt-free [2].

In recent years, Yale has taken large-scale, actionable steps towards making our university even more accessible and affordable to all students. Of the over 1,800 students who comprise the incoming Class of 2019, 18.5% qualify for Federal Pell Grants – a 43% increase over the past two years [2]A Leg Even was founded by a group of college students who wanted to do their part in helping their University accomplish the incredible goal outlined above: to ensure lower-income students full access to the University and everything it has to offer academically, extracurricularly and professionally. Our goal is to work alongside our University in combating the unique challenges inherent in the college experiences of lower-income students across America.