Eligibility & Applications

Eligibility

Graduate students may be eligible for federal financial aid at Fairfield University.  In order to be eligible for federal aid programs, students must:

  • Meet various federal regulatory requirements
  • Be matriculated into a degree-granting program
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (six credits)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) as defined by Fairfield University

Read more about federal financial aid programs.


How to Apply

In order to apply for any of the federal student aid programs, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Students must sign the FAFSA with a personal identification number (PIN) as assigned by the Department of Education.  To submit the FAFSA to Fairfield University, use the federal school code: 001385.  The FAFSA should be submitted at least four weeks prior to the beginning of the semester the student is applying for financial aid.


Federal Verification

Verification is the process when a school is required to compare the information from the FAFSA to the information from a student's tax and income information filed from the previous year.  If a student's application is selected for verification by the Department of Education, he/she is notified through the Student Aid Report (SAR) and by Fairfield University.  A SAR is the summary of a student's FAFSA results.  Students selected for verification will need to submit additional documentation as requested by the Office of Financial Aid. 


Helpful Websites

Federal Student Aid
This website provides free information from the Department of Education on preparing for and funding a college education.

Internal Revenue Service
This website provides information regarding IRS tax forms and tax-filing requirements.

Connecticut Office of Higher Education
This website provides information on grants, scholarships and other financial aid resources from the state of Connecticut.

FastWeb
This website provides scholarship applications and advice for students.

FinAid!
This website is a very comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools to help finance a higher education.

Income-Based Repayment
This federal web site can help you determine if you - or your spouse if you are married - might qualify for Income-Based Repayment (IBR) for Direct loans.

Student Loans: Avoiding Deceptive Offers and Building a Better Credit Report
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) information on student loans and credit.