Financial Aid Forms & Frequently Asked Questions
The links below will guide you to some very important forms that may be required of you in order for our office to complete the verification process and confirm your financial aid eligibility. If you have questions about how to complete these forms, or any part of the financial aid process, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Financial Aid.
Academic Year 2013-2014
Identity/Statement of Educational Purpose Worksheet (in-person only)
Academic Year 2012-2013
Who is eligible for financial aid?
All students are eligible to apply for federal financial aid. There are no absolute income cutoffs that disqualify a family from applying since family size, the number of children in college, total assets, and other circumstances factor into the determination of eligibility. However, a student must be accepted by Fairfield University, matriculated in a degree program and demonstrate enrollment of a minimum of six credits per semester to be eligible for financial aid. To apply for federal aid, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Is my financial aid automatically renewed every year?
No. Because family circumstances and demonstrated need changes from year to year, students must reapply for financial aid every year by completing the FAFSA and the CSS Profile by the stated deadline. Students receiving University grants or scholarships may receive financial aid for eight semesters, provided they maintain eligibility.
**New financial aid application & filing deadline for full-time undergraduate students**
What if I am not eligible for need-based financial aid?
Additional loan and payment options are available to help students and families finance a Fairfield education. These plans include the Tuition Pay Monthly Payment Plan, various loan programs for students and parents supported by the federal and state governments, and alternative student loan programs offered by private lenders.
When will I learn about my financial aid award?
Early Action candidates learn of their initial financial aid awards in February. Other entering first year students are notified sometime in late March - early April. Returning students are notified of their awards by the end of May and transfer students are notified on a rolling basis.
Fairfield's catalog lists many special scholarships. Can I apply for them?
There is no need to apply for individual scholarships administered by the University. Your financial aid award may, in fact, include one of these and you will be notified with your award notification.
Where can I look for jobs on campus?
Students can visit the Student Employment Online Job Board or contact the Career Planning Center for more information. Students who qualify for federal work-study (FWS) should read more about Fairfield's FWS Program.
This is the form all students must complete to apply for financial aid. The FAFSA must be completed annually and by the required deadline.
This web site is your source of information for the Federal Student Aid Personal Identification Number (PIN).
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
This form is required of all incoming full-time day students and their custodial parents.
This form is required of all incoming full-time day students' Noncustodial parents.
Internal Revenue Service
This web site provides useful information regarding tax forms and tax-filing requirements.
Selective Service System
This web site is intended for males, between the ages of 18-26, who are required to register with the selective service for financial aid eligibility.
Federal Aid First
This brochure explains the differences between federal and private education loans, the various kinds of federal loans offered and the dollar amounts available.
Income-Based Repayment Calculator
This calculator can help you determine if you (or your spouse if you are married) might qualify for Income-Based Repayment (IBR) for Direct Stafford loans.
Perkins Loan Deferment/Consolidation Information
This web site provides detailed information about Perkins loan repayment options.
Connecticut Department of Higher Education
This website provides detailed information on state grants, scholarships and other financial aid resources. Out-of-state students should refer to their resident state's Department of Higher Education for grant, scholarship and other financial aid information.
This web site provides scholarship applications and advice for students.
This web site is a very comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools to help finance a higher education.
Cosigning a Loan (PDF)