Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance (COA) is the total amount it will cost a graduate student to attend Fairfield University for a specified period of enrollment.  This information is very useful for financial planning purpose and for securing loans, if necessary, for your graduate education.  This cost includes two types of related educational expenses, direct and indirect.

  1. Direct Costs are the costs for which a student will be billed by the Office of the Bursar. These costs include, but are not limited to, tuition and registration fees.
  2. Indirect Costs are the costs for which a student will not be billed, but may incur as an expense while attending Fairfield University. These costs include books and supplies, transportation, personal expenses and off-campus living expenses.

The total cost of attendance is also called a budget. The budgets listed on this page represent the maximum amount a student may borrow for the direct and indirect costs of attending Fairfield University's graduate programs.  All costs vary by program of study and are used when determining financial aid eligibility.  Not all students will need to borrow for all allowable expenses. Borrowing needs while in a graduate program at Fairfield vary and students should consider borrowing only what they need.  The Office of Financial Aid is available to help answer any questions regarding the cost of attendance and budgeting.  

The tuition costs in a budget assumes a minimum of 6 credits per semester unless otherwise noted for some programs.  A budget can be adjusted to reflect the most accurate tuition and fee costs, which may result in a change to financial aid eligibility.  If a student plans to enroll for more than six credits in any given semester, he/she should inform the Office of Financial Aid.

Please see the cost of attendance budgets for the graduate programs listed below:

  • Graduate Business
  • Graduate Arts & Sciences
  • Graduate Engineering
  • Graduate Nursing
  • Creative Writing
  • Public Administration
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

Graduate Business (2013-14): MS Accounting

Books & Supplies
$900
Registration Fee
$60
Graduate Student Activity Fee
$70
Personal Expenses
$6,907
Room & Board (off-campus)
$9,208
Travel
$3,069
Tuition*
$16,695
TOTAL
$36,909

*Assumes twelve credits in the fall semester and nine credits in the spring semester

Graduate Business (2013-14): All Other Programs

Books & Supplies
$900
Registration Fee
$60
Graduate Student Activity Fee
$70
Personal Expenses
$6,907
Room & Board (off-campus)
$9,208
Travel
$3,069
Tuition
$9,540
TOTAL
$29,754

 

Graduate (2013-14) Arts & Sciences: Education, American Studies, Mathematics, Communications, Liberal Studies

Books & Supplies
$900
Registration Fee
$60
Graduate Student Activity Fee
$70
Personal Expenses
$6,907
Room & Board (off-campus)
$9,208
Travel
$3,069
Tuition
  $8,100
TOTAL
$28,314

 

Graduate Engineering (2013-14): MS Management of Technology

Books & Supplies
$900
Registration Fee
$60
Graduate Student Activity Fee
$70
Personal Expenses
$6,907
Room & Board (off-campus)
$9,208
Travel
$3,069
Tuition
$9,000
TOTAL
$29,214

 

Graduate Engineering (2013-14): All Other Programs

Books & Supplies
$900
Registration Fee
$60
Graduate Student Activity Fee $70
Personal Expenses
$6,907
Room & Board (off-campus)
$9,208
Travel
$3,069
Tuition
  $8,700
TOTAL
$28,914

 

Graduate Nursing (2013-14)

Books & Supplies
$900
Registration Fee
$60
Graduate Student Activity Fee
$70
Personal Expenses
$6,907
Room & Board (off-campus)
$9,208
Travel
$3,069
Tuition
$9,600
TOTAL
$29,814

 

Public Administration (2013-14)

Books & Supplies
$900
Registration Fee
$60
Graduate Student Activity Fee
$70
Personal Expenses
$6,907
Room & Board (off-campus)
$9,208
Travel
$3,069
Tuition*
$9,000
TOTAL
$29,214


Doctor of Nursing Practice - Executive and Nurse Anesthesia (2013-14)

Books & Supplies
$1,000
Registration Fee
$50
Graduate Student Activity Fee
$70
Personal Expenses
$6,907
Room & Board (off-campus)
$9,208
Travel
$3,069
Tuition*
$22,000
TOTAL
$42,314

*$1,000/credit hour; credit hours vary per semester


Doctor of Nursing Practice (2013-14)

Books & Supplies
$1,000
Registration Fee
$60
Graduate Student Activity Fee
$70
Personal Expenses
$6,907
Room & Board (off-campus)
$9,208
Travel
$3,069
Tuition*
$10,800
TOTAL
$31,114

 

MFA in Creative Writing (2013-14)

Books & Supplies
$600
Registration Fee
$60
Residency Room and Board
$1,950
Travel
$1,000
Tuition
$15,900
TOTAL
$19,510

* Residency payments are required to be paid in full directly prior to the start of the residency. This is the case even if your financial aid will cover the residency expense.