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Fairfield University is committed to every aspect of your education, including helping you afford it.

A graduate education from Fairfield is an investment in your future. The value of this investment – academically, professionally, and personally - will not only be realized during your years of study, but in the years beyond commencement when you are out in the field and thriving in a successful and rewarding career. Just ask our 42,000 alumni who are pursing their passions in a wide range of careers, from business and engineering to healthcare and communication, and hundreds of other industries in between.

On this page, you will find a comprehensive list of financial aid options available to you as a Fairfield University graduate student. If you have questions regarding a specific option or would like to speak to an advisor one-on-one, our financial aid staff is standing by and happy to work with you to help make your graduate school dreams a reality.

Financial Aid Options

While the benefits of graduate study can provide immeasurable rewards, the costs associated with earning a degree may be challenging. Many students need to look beyond their own financial resources or the resources of their employer for assistance. But if planned properly, financing a graduate education is possible.

The Office of Financial Aid is committed to helping students find the options that best suit their individual needs. We offer a number of ways to help students finance their Fairfield education, including the following options:

Graduate Scholarship Opportunities

Fairfield University is committed to helping you make your graduate education more affordable. In addition to financial aid, we offer numerous merit and need-based awards to help meet your financial need, as well as recognize your value to our graduate community.

Dolan School of Business

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Dolan School of Business

Fairfield offers a variety of merit and need-based awards to help business students meet their financial need, as well as recognize their value to our graduate community.

DSB Merit Awards

Entrance Scholarship recipients receive a one-time scholarship awarded during their first semester of the graduate program. Amounts vary and are determined based on academic and professional qualifications.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistants provide services to the Dolan School of Business such as administrative and faculty support, professional development, internship support, peer advising, and other clerical duties for the academic year. In return, graduate assistants receive a stipend disbursed twice; once in fall semester and once in the spring semester.

Questions can be directed to Assistant Dean, Leanne De Los Santos, at ldelossantos@fairfield.edu.

College of Arts and Sciences

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College of Arts and Sciences

MFA Entrance Scholarship

This $5,000 grant is awarded on the basis of merit to one promising student entering the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program. Questions can be directed to program director Carol Ann Davis at cdavis13@fairfield.edu.

MFA Continuing Study Grant

This grant awarded on the basis of need to students entering students on the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program. Questions can be directed to the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@fairfield.edu.

College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Veterans Fellowships

The College of Arts and Sciences is proud to offer a number of graduate level veterans fellowships to former servicemen and servicewomen interested in pursuing a master’s of fine arts (MFA) in creative writing or a master’s of public administration (MPA) from Fairfield University. Fellowships range from $3,000 to $10,000 and are available to graduate students who have exhausted all or a portion of their GI Bill® educational benefits. Documentation verifying veteran and VA benefits status must be provided in order to apply. Questions can be directed to MFA program director Carol Ann Davis at cdavis13@fairfield.edu or MPA program director Gayle Alberda at galberda@fairfield.edu.

Albert M. Loch Scholarship

Awarded by Fairfield University’s Learning for a Lifetime Program, this scholarship is presented to two deserving Fairfield University students (one at the undergraduate and one at the graduate level).The scholarship provides tuition for up to three credits and is available to students who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and demonstrate financial need. Students must submit one faculty letter of recommendation and a completed application, including cover letter, to Elizabeth Hastings. Applications are available in the Kelley Center.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistants provide a variety of services to the College of Arts and Sciences such as administrative and faculty support, internship support, peer advising, and other clerical duties for the academic year. In return, graduate assistants receive a stipend disbursed twice; once in fall semester and once in the spring semester. Questions can be directed to College of Arts and Sciences operations manager Jean Daniele at jdaniele@fairfield.edu.

Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions

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Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions

Diversity and Social Justice Scholarship

These scholarships are intended to support students’ progress toward their professional degrees to help ensure the future impact and contribution to their field and the populations they will serve. Faculty nominates candidates for the scholarships based on academic potential and qualifications.

External Scholarships

A variety of scholarships are available to students interested in pursuing a graduate education in the teaching and allied professions. The following information has been collected from multiple financial assistance agencies and scholarship resources. This list is meant to be representative, not comprehensive.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistants provide a variety of services to the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, such as administrative and faculty support, internship support, peer advising, and other clerical duties for the academic year. In return, graduate assistants receive a stipend disbursed twice; once in fall semester and once in the spring semester.

Questions can be directed to program coordinator Lynn Holferty, at lholforty@fairfield.edu.

Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies

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Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies

A number of scholarship opportunities exist for students studying within the nursing profession. These include awards offered through the Neighborhood Diabetes Education Program, the Orthopaedic Specialty Group Education Foundation, and others both regionally and nationally.

More information pertaining to external scholarships can be found online or by contacting finaid@fairfield.edu.

Cost Of Attendance

The cost of attendance (COA) is the total amount it will cost a student to attend Fairfield University for a specified period of enrollment. This information is very useful for financial planning purpose and for securing loans, if necessary. This cost includes two types of related educational expenses, direct and indirect.

  1. 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, registration/student activity fees, and other fees associated with the program.

  2. Indirect Costs are the costs for which a student will not be billed, but may incur as an expense while attending Fairfield University. These costs include books, supplies, transportation, personal expenses and off-campus living expenses.

The total cost of attendance is also called a budget. Students who are currently enrolled can view their program budgets in the financial aid section of my.Fairfield. The budget total represents the maximum amount a student may borrow for the direct and indirect costs of attending Fairfield degree program. All budgets vary by program of study and are used when determining financial aid eligibility.

The tuition total in a either a graduate or part-time undergraduate student's program budget generally assumes a minimum of 6 credits per semester (unless otherwise noted for select programs). A budget can be adjusted to reflect the most accurate tuition and fee costs, which may result in a change to financial aid eligibility. If a student plans to enroll for more than six credits in any semester, he/she should inform the Office of Financial Aid.

Not all students will need to borrow for all allowable expenses. Student borrowing needs while at Fairfield University may vary. We recommend that students consider borrowing only what is needed. However, the budgeted amount for borrowing may be changed to help meet a student's needs while in school. To begin the conversation about borrowing in excess of both the direct and indirect costs as stated in a student's assigned program budget, it would be best for the student to contact his/her financial aid counselor. There is a Cost of Attendance Appeal process that our financial aid counselors can talk about in more detail, on a case-by-case basis with interested students.

The Office of Financial Aid is available to help answer questions regarding the program cost of attendance, budgeting and financing options.

Other Resources & Information

Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions. We have answers. Check out a list of our most frequently asked financial aid questions.

Financial Aid Counseling & Support Staff

Sara Hanrahan
Operations Assistant

Harrison Buzzi
Graduate Assistant

Natasha Babadzhan
Assistant Director
natasha.babadzhan@fairfield.edu
A - C

Ellen Gilmore
Assistant Director
egilmore@fairfield.edu
D, E, G, H, T, O
Veterans

Kim Fetko,
Assistant Director
kfetko@fairfield.edu
F, J, U - Z
Part-Time Undergraduate, Graduate, Doctoral and 2nd Degree Nursing Students

Shirley Klein
Assistant Director
sklein@fairfield.edu
I, P, R, S

Michael Singletary
Assistant Director
msingletary@fairfield.edu
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Diana M. Draper
Director of Financial Aid
ddraper@fairfield.edu

Maura Hegley
Associate Director
mhegley@fairfield.edu

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