Tuition and Fees
The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition and fee rates and to make additional changes whenever necessary. Visit www.fairfield.edu/bursar to see the schedule of tuition and fees for this academic year.
Electronic check payments can be made online via the student portal account by navigating to the Online Billing and Payment link. Students are encouraged to grant access to their parents/ guardians via the authorized user function within the Online Billing and Payment site.
Students and authorized users can also print the bill and send a check or money order (no cash) made payable to Fairfield University along with the remittance portion of the billing statement through the mail to the following address:
Office of the Bursar
P.O. Box 320455
Fairfield, CT 06825
Please include Student ID Number on all correspondence.
Credit card payments are not accepted.
If payment is not received or other arrangements completed by the due date, the University has the right to assume that a student is not returning to school and may cancel his or her registration. If a student is not returning to the University, please contact the dean of the respective school in writing so that proper withdrawal procedures can be followed. If payment in full cannot be made because of delays in bank loans or outside scholarships or if any other problems exist, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the Office of the Bursar in writing to explain the delay, to confirm attendance, and to avoid possible cancellation. Please include Student ID Number on all correspondence.
Residence Halls and Meals/Townhouses/Apartment Complex
All students living in a residence hall have been billed in accordance with the 14+ meals per week plan that includes 100 Dining Dollars for the semester. These students have the opportunity to select, during the first week of the semester, the Unlimited meals per week plan with 200 Dining Dollars at an additional charge per semester. Juniors and seniors living in campus residence halls are required to choose one of the above two plans or may also choose the following option during the first week of the semester: 7+ meals per week plan, which includes 600 Dining Dollars for the semester, at an additional charge. The additional charges will be billed in September for the Fall semester and in February for the Spring semester. For townhouse and apartment residents and commuter students, modified meal plans will be available for purchase during the semester.
This fee covers infirmary service at the University Health Center, admission to on-campus athletic events, support of student government activities, club sports, Family Weekend, the operation of WVOF (the University’s radio station), and unlimited access to the Internet and World Wide Web. This fee is charged once per year and is non refundable.
Room Damage Fee
This fee reflects damage charges for the previous academic year. Damage charge information can be found in the Student Handbook which is available online. A student can view the charges via the student portal account by going into My Academics and then View Room Damage. If there is a question or dispute, call Housing at ext. 4023 and leave a detailed message. Responses will be e-mailed to the student. Calls must be received prior to the start of the new school year. Once the new school year begins, these charges will be considered permanent and will not be reviewed.
Athletic Equipment Fees
Charges are added for athletic equipment that is not returned from the previous academic year. If there are any questions, please contact the Athletics Department at ext. 2491.
Health Insurance Fee
Fairfield University requires all full-time undergraduate students subscribe to a health insurance policy. They are automatically enrolled and billed. Domestic students (non-visa holding international students) who have comparable or better health insurance coverage and do not wish to be enrolled in the University-sponsored plan must complete an online waiver to provide proof of coverage. When the online waiver is completed, students will receive a full credit on their bill. International students holding a visa are not eligible to waive their insurance.
There is a deadline for waiving/declining the insurance. If the online waiver form is not completed by the deadline, you will remain enrolled in and billed for the Student Health Insurance Plan for the entire policy year. Information about the plan and waiver instructions can be found on the healthcenter webpages
Fines are based on past due charges from the previous academic year. If there are any questions, please contact the Library at ext. 2189.
Fines are based on past due violations from the previous academic year. If there are any questions, please contact Public Safety at ext. 2745.
The incoming freshmen class should note that their statements reflect credit for the $200 tuition deposit if it had been previously paid at the time of confirmation. Those incoming freshmen students who will be living on campus should have paid a $600 deposit; $200 appears as a credit on the statement and the remaining $400 is a room deposit that is held in escrow until the student leaves on-campus housing.
Students need to have accepted their Financial Aid Award Letter online, if applicable, in order for aid to appear on their account. In addition, no aid will be disbursed or memoed if the financial aid file is incomplete. Questions regarding the aid should be directed to the Financial Aid Office at ext. 4125.
For University scholarship and grant-in-aid recipients, the statement reflects credit for one-half or one semester’s portion of the University scholarship and grant-in-aid.
For Federal financial aid grant and loan recipients, please deduct the memo amount on the account from the balance due on the statement and remit the difference.
For Federal Direct loan and Federal PLUS loan recipients, Fairfield University will permit an extension until the dates specified in the ‘Important Dates’ section for that portion of tuition and fees covered by a Direct or PLUS loan. After these dates, the student is responsible for the balance due because Fairfield University cannot take responsibility for the processing time of loans. Federal law states that Direct and PLUS loans will be disbursed in two installments, one-half in the Fall and one-half in the Spring. The Direct loan proceeds will be sent directly to the University and, if in check form, must be endorsed by the student in order to be considered as payment. Please deduct the memo amount of the Direct loan (less the processing fee) from the balance due. PLUS loan proceeds will also be sent directly to the University. If they are in check form, the University will then send them to the parent for endorsement with instructions to return the check to the Office of the Bursar. If the endorsed loan check is not received on or before the due date, the account will be charged a finance charge or late fee.
Those students receiving scholarships from an outside source should deduct one-half of the total outside aid from the balance due on their statement and remit the difference. Private scholarship checks should be mailed directly to the attention of the University Bursar. Please include the Student ID Number on all correspondence.
Monthly Tuition Payment Plan
For full-time undergraduate students, the University offers the option to pay for the semester on a monthly basis via a payment plan administered by Tuition Management Systems (TMS). This semester-based plan allows you to spread the semester balance due over a 5 month period.
The Fall semester plan runs from June 1 to October 1. The deadline to enroll is August 1.
The Spring semester plan runs from November 1 to March 1. The deadline to enroll is January 1.
Please note: Plans do not automatically renew from one semester to another. You must sign-up each semester for a new plan.
There is an enrollment fee per semester due upon sign-up.
For additional information, please visit the payment plans webpage.
Automated Teller Machine
An ATM operated by Bank of America is located in the John A. Barone Campus Center for student bank deposits and withdrawals. The University does not have its own check cashing facility.
Room Deposit Refund
If moving from on-campus to off-campus housing for the upcoming academic year, the room deposit being held in escrow can be credited to the student account. Please contact the Office of the Bursar.
Finance Charge/Late Fee
Tuition bills are due for the fall semester on August 1 and for the spring semester on January 1. Fairfield University reserves the right to charge a finance charge, computed by a periodic rate of 1 percent per month, which is an annual rate of 12 percent, on amounts past due 30 days or more, and to add all costs of collection, including a reasonable sum for attorneys’ fees, or charge a one-time $65 late fee per semester.
If you have any questions, please call (203) 254-4000 and connect with the respective department.
|Bursar*||Ext. 2410, 4102, 4191 or 2165|
|Financial Aid||Ext. 4125|
|Housing (room damage)||Ext. 4023|
|Public Safety (parking fines)||Ext. 2745|
*You may also send e-mail to email@example.com for Bursar-related questions.
Important Dates: Office of the Bursar
|July||Fall semester billing generated during first week of the month|
|August 1||Payment for Fall semester due|
|August 1||Last day for receipt of enrollment in the Fall semester monthly payment plan|
|September 30||Final date of Fall semester extension for receipt of Federal and alternative loan proceeds. Finance charge or late fee assessed after this date|
|December||Spring semester billing generated during first week of the month|
|December 24 - January 1||University offices closed|
|January 1||Payment for Spring semester due|
|January 1||Last day for receipt of enrollment in the Spring semester monthly payment plan|
|February 28||Final date of Spring semester extension for receipt of Federal and alternative loan proceeds. Late fees assessed after this date|