Commitment to a Shared Financial Endeavor

Cost of Attendance & Overview of Aid Programs

From its founding, Fairfield University has been committed to providing educational opportunities to motivated students of diverse social and economic backgrounds. While students and families have the primary responsibility for college expenses, Fairfield University sees this as a shared endeavor and will assist students with as much financial aid as possible.

Investing in a college education is often a major financial decision and many students and families might need to look beyond their own resources for assistance. Affording a Fairfield education is possible, if viewed in the broadest perspective and with the proper financial planning. Without question, the lifelong benefits of a Fairfield education will far exceed the expenses involved.

Cost of Attendance
2014-2015 Full-Time Undergraduate Resident

(Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering, Nursing)
Tuition
$43,170
Room & Board
$13,190
Books & Supplies
$1,150
Transportation
$800
Personal Expenses
$930
Fees
$600
Total
59,840

*The cost of attendance (COA) varies by academic year. The COA is the total amount it may cost for a full-time resident student to attend Fairfield University during a specified period of enrollment. This information is very useful for financial planning purposes and for securing loans, if necessary. The COA includes two types of related educational expenses, direct and indirect. 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, room/board and fees. Indirect costs will not be billed, but may be incurred as expenses while attending Fairfield University. These costs can include books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses.


Overview of Aid Programs

The following chart provides a comprehensive picture of the aid programs available, with information on eligibility and application requirements. Some programs are administered by Fairfield University, lending institutions, and state and federal government agencies. It is important to pay close attention to application deadlines and instructions for all programs, regardless of the administering agencies.

This list of aid programs is not exhaustive. Many other grant and loan programs exist all over the country, and eligibility often depends on a student's state of residence and high school attended. We recommend that students consult with high school counselors to discuss what special awards may be available. Remember, any financial aid received will reduce the annual costs and/or future loan repayment obligations. It may be worth doing some extra paperwork to apply for additional aid programs!

Fairfield University offers need-based aid as well as merit scholarships.  To learn more about our merit scholarship programs and information regarding university tuition grants.

Fairfield University Aid Programs
Program Eligibility
Requirements
Source
of Funds
Annual
Awards
Application Instructions by Student Status
Fairfield Tuition
Grant
Full-time
undergraduate
students with
financial need
Fairfield University Varies Early Action/Decision Applicants

Submit CSS Profile by
January 1

Submit FAFSA by
February 15
First Year
Applicants


Submit CSS Profile
& FAFSA by
February 15
Transfer Applicants

Submit CSS Profile
& FAFSA
by May 1
Returning Students

Submit CSS Profile
& FAFSA
by April 15
Financial aid awards cannot be processed until both the CSS Profile and FAFSA have been received (including the Noncustodial PROFILE, when applicable). To confirm eligibility, students may be selected for the verification process. If selected, students will be notified by the Office of Financial and should submit all required documents no later than August 1.
Athletic Grant- in-Aid         Awarded by the
Athletics department
Fairfield University Varies Contact the Athletics Department at (203) 254-4216
 
Federal, State and Other Aid Programs
Program Eligibility
Requirements
Source
of Funds
Annual Award Ranges Application Instructions
Federal Pell Grant Undergraduate students with exceptional financial need as determined by the FAFSA Federal Maximum award for academic year 2014-15: $5,730 Learn more
Federal
Supplemental
Educational
Opportunity Grant
Undergraduate students with exceptional financial need as determined by the FAFSA Federal Up to $4,000; awards vary Learn more
Federal TEACH Grant Students with demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
Junior and Senior full-time day undergraduate education minors
and GSEAP candidates willing to serve four years (of eight) as a highly qualified teacher in certain designated high-need fields, at a Title I school.
Additional information and eligibility requirements.
Federal Up to $4,000 Learn more
Federal
Work-Study
Full-time undergraduate students with exceptional financial need as determined by the FAFSA; awards determined by the University. Federal $500 - $1,000 Learn more
Federal Perkins Loan Full-time undergraduate students with exceptional financial need.
Preference given to first year students and/or eligibility and availability of funds considered in a financial aid appeal (if applicable).
Federal Up to $4,000;
average award $1,250
Learn more
Federal Nursing Student Loan Students in the School of Nursing with financial need; awards are determined by the university.
Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
Federal Limited funding;
awards vary
Learn more
Direct Loan

Subsidized - Students with demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA 
Unsubsidized - Students with no financial need as determined by the FAFSA

Additional information and eligibility requirements

Federal View loan limits

After you submit the FAFSA, complete the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling

Direct PLUS Loan Loans for parents of dependent undergraduate students

Additional information and eligibility requirements
Federal Cost of Attendance minus - financial aid assistance After you submit the FAFSA,
complete a credit check and
Master Promissory Note
Alternative Student Loan Credit-based programs available to qualifying applicants Private Lenders Cost of Attendance minus - financial aid assistance

Search alternative loan

State Grant Varies per state State Varies Contact your resident state's Board or Commissioner of Education for information.
Tuition Payment Plan Higher One's 10 month payment plan for Fairfield University
parents and students
Higher One
(administered by Sallie Mae, Inc.)
Variable See enrollment instructions

Call toll-free: (800) 635-0120
Mon.- Fri. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. EST
Contact the Office of the Bursar