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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 more information on the 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. Our contact information is available below. 

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 Containuing 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.

School of Education and Human Development

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School of Education and Human Development

Opportunity Scholarship

The purpose of the School of Education and Human Develop Opportunity Scholarship is to recruit and retain a more diverse student population and work force. Additionally, the scholarship provides financial support and recognition of academic success to prospective and current graduate students pursuing a master’s. The 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. Candidates may self-nominate for the scholarship, or faculty may nominate candidates based on academic potential and qualifications.

To learn more please contact SEHDcommnunication@fairfield.edu.

Jesuit Education Teacher Leader Scholarship

The Jesuit Education Teacher Leader Scholarship is for new students admitted in fall 2021 for the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program who are also teachers at Jesuit high schools. The scholarship applies $1,000 towards tuition in the first semester and then $500 towards tuition each additional semester for students in good standing. For more information please contact Program Director Stephanie Storms, EdD.

Fairfield University Collaborates for a Healthier Connecticut (FCHC) Scholars Program

Fairfield University is one of several Southwest Connecticut universities that has received grant funding from the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program (BHWET). The BHWET grant will deliver financial support, enhanced education, and specialized internship training in integrated, team-based care to 103 competitively selected students in four of Fairfield’s behavioral health masters’ programs over the course of four years: the Master of Social Work (MSW), the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC), and the Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Students are required to be in their final internship experience in order to qualify.

For more information please contact Program Director Julie Berrett-Abebe, PhD, LICSW, assistant professor of family therapy and social work.

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 School of Education and Human Development, 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.

Contact Us

Counseling Staff

Finaid@fairifeld.edu 
A-F, Federal Work Study

Thomas Ponte
Assistant Director
thomas.ponte@fairfield.edu
G-N, Veterans Benefits

Margo Sheehan
Assistant Director
msheehan@fairfield.edu
O-Z

Emily Schofield
Assistant Director
emily.schofield@fairfield.edu

Shirley Klein
Senior Assistant Director and Loan Coordinator
sklein@fairfield.edu

Support Staff

Sara Hanrahan
Operations Assistant

Kim Wallace
Verification Coordinator

Diana M. Draper
Director of Financial Aid
ddraper@fairfield.edu

Kim Fetko
Associate Director of Graduate Financial Programs
kfetko@fairfield.edu
Part-time Undergraduates, Graduate and Doctoral Students, Second Degree Nursing Students

Maura Hegley
Associate Director
mhegley@fairfield.edu

Contat Information & Location

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours
Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Friday
8 a.m. - 12 noon

Phone
External (203) 254-4000
Internal ext. 4125

Email
finaid@fairfield.edu

Address
Office of Financial Aid
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

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