Financial Aid Applications & Deadlines
Eligibility for financial aid is based primarily on financial need. Fairfield University uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Board's CSS Profile to determine financial aid eligibility for all undergraduate students. These applications take into account the income, assets and investments of parents and students, the number of dependents in the family, the number of siblings attending college, and several other important factors when calculating financial need.
Please read the important information below about Fairfield University's financial aid application deadlines, application processes and required forms.
Early Action & Early Decision Applicants
- CSS Profile by January 1
- Noncustodial PROFILE by January 1
- FAFSA by February 15
Regular Decision Applicants
- CSS Profile and FAFSA by February 15
- Noncustodial PROFILE by February 15
- CSS Profile and FAFSA by May 1
Returning Students (undergraduate, full-time)
- CSS Profile and FAFSA by April 15
- Noncustodial PROFILE by April 15
Submit the FAFSA School Code: 001385
Submit the CSS Profile School Code: 3390
Note: These deadlines are firm. CSS Profile, FAFSA, or Noncustodial PROFILE applications received after these deadlines above will not be guaranteed need-based financial aid. Students interested in financial aid should complete both of these applications annually, by the stated deadlines. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have questions.
While divorce or separation may complicate the extent to which one or both parents can contribute financially to college, it does not absolve either parent of this obligation. Our policy for determining the financial need of students whose parents are divorced or separated derives from the central principle that both parents are responsible for the support of their children to the extent that they are financially capable.
In cases of divorce or separation, the parent with whom the student resides (and if applicable, a step-parent) is responsible for completing the FAFSA and CSS Profile. Fairfield University requires that the noncustodial parent (NCP) complete the Noncustodial PROFILE by the stated deadline.
If the noncustodial parent is unable to complete the Noncustodial PROFILE on a student's behalf, Fairfield may consider waiving this requirement in extraordinary circumstances. In order to start the waiver appeal process, all first year applicants (and custodial parents) should complete and submit the Noncustodial Parent PROFILE Waiver Appeal Form, with supporting documentation, to the Office of Financial Aid no later than March 31.
Returning students whose parent's marital status may have changed since filing the CSS Profile and FAFSA in the previous year(s) and as a result, may experience difficulty getting their noncustodial parent to complete the Noncustodial PROFILE, should submit the Noncustodial PROFILE Waiver Appeal Form no later than April 15.
Other Important Dates
|January 1||CSS Profile and Noncustodial PROFILE deadline for both Early Action and Early Decision applicants
Early Action and Early Decision Admissions application deadline
|Early February||Financial aid award notifications mailed to Early Action and Early Decision applicants|
|January 15||Regular Decision admissions application deadline|
|February 15||Deadline to submit CSS Profile and FAFSA - ALL incoming students|
|March 31||Deadline to submit Noncustodial PROFILE Waiver Appeals - ALL incoming students|
|Early April||Admission acceptance letters and financial aid award notifications are mailed to incoming students
Information on Higher One Tuition Payment Plan mailed to admitted students
|April 15||Deadline for returning students (undergraduate, full-time) to submit CSS Profile and FAFSA
Deadline for returning students, whose parent's marital circumstances may have changed since filing the CSS Profile/FAFSA in previous year, to submit Noncustodial PROFILE and/or Noncustodial PROFILE Waiver Appeal Form
Deadline for admission deposit and acceptance of financial aid award offer
Deadline for transfer applicants to submit the FAFSA and CSS Profile
|August 1||Deadlines to submit all verification documents (only for students who have been notified by the Office of Financial Aid of additional requirements)|
Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information on applications, deadlines and award notifications.
Payment & Payment Plan Deadlines
|July 7||FALL semester e-bills sent to all students via university email (and authorized e-bill users)|
|August 1||Payment due for FALL semester|
|August 1||Deadline to enrollm in Higher One Tuition Payment Plan|
|December 1||SPRING semester e-bills sent to all students via university email (and authorized e-bill users)|
|January 1||Payment due for SPRING semester|
Contact the Office of the Bursar for more information on charges, e-billing, late fees, and payment plans.