Yale students protest work requirement for aid recipients

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NEW HAVEN— A requirement that Yale undergraduates on financial aid pay up to $6,400 annually toward their education is coming under protest from students who argue it creates a divide along class lines and keeps them from participating more in campus life.

A petition drive has gathered signatures from more than a thousand students calling for the elimination of the student contribution.

The Ivy League university with a $23.9 billion endowment has some of the nation’s most generous aid policies, including a promise that students can graduate without any loans. But some students say they have been advised to borrow money when they had trouble meeting the financial obligation.

University spokeswoman Karen Peart said Yale, like all schools, “expects students to make a modest contribution to their education.”