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 (Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering, Nursing)|
|Room & Board||$13,190|
|Books & Supplies||$1,150|
|Total Resident Student Cost of Attendance||$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 Need-Based Aid Programs|
|Application Instructions by Student Status
|Fairfield University||Varies||Early Action/Decision Applicants
Submit CSS Profile by
Submit FAFSA by
Submit CSS Profile
& FAFSA by
Submit CSS Profile
by May 1
Submit CSS Profile
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.|
|Awarded by the
|Fairfield University||Varies||Contact the Athletics Department at (203) 254-4216|
|Federal, State and Other Aid Programs|
|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||See instructions for need-based aid|
|Undergraduate students with exceptional financial need as determined by the FAFSA||Federal||Up to $4,000; awards vary||See instructions for need-based aid|
|Federal TEACH Grant||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. If federal teaching requirements are not fulfilled by grant recipient, the TEACH grant becomes a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.
For additional information, visit Federal TEACH Grant.
|Federal||Up to $4,000||See instructions for need-based aid|
|Full-time undergraduate students with exceptional financial need as determined by the FAFSA; awards determined by the University. Details||Federal||$500-$1,000||See instructions for need-based aid|
|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 $1,000||See instructions for need-based aid|
|Federal Nursing Student Loan||Students in the School of Nursing with financial need; awards determined by the university. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.||Federal||Limited funding; awards vary||See instructions for need-based aid|
|Direct Loan||Subsidized - Students with demonstrated financial need, enrolled in at least half-time (six credits) status
Unsubsidized - Students with no financial need (as determined by the FAFSA), enrolled in at least half-time (six credits) status
|Federal||View loan limits||See instructions for Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling
See instructions for need-based aid
|Direct PLUS Loan||Loans for parents of dependent undergraduate students||Federal||Cost of Attendance minus financial aid assistance||See instructions for credit check and Master Promissory Note|
|Alternative Student Loan||Variety of private, credit-based programs available to qualifying applicants||Private Lenders||Cost of Attendance minus financial aid assistance
Variable or fixed rates
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|State Grant||Varies per state||State||Varies||Contact your resident state's Board or Commissioner of Education for information.|
|Tuition Payment Plan
(10 Month Plan)
|Higher One monthly payment plan for Fairfield University parents and students||Higher One
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|Variable||See enrollment instructions
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