Graduate Financial Aid

You have great value. We'd like to return the favor.

We're committed to every aspect of your education - including helping you afford it. Currently, 85% of our undergraduate students finance their education through a combination of scholarships, grants, work-study, graduate assistantships, and loans. Many of our graduate students also receive aid to help finance their education. We realize that every student has a unique set of circumstances, and we'll work with you one-on-one to do everything we can to help you attend Fairfield.

On this site you'll find a comprehensive list of financial aid options available to you. Our financial aid staff is happy to answer your questions and to help you learn how you can make Fairfield a reality. Start by contacting them:

Fairfield University
Office of Financial Aid - Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 254-4125
finaid@fairfield.edu

 

Realizing Your Dream of a Fairfield Education

Investing in your graduate education is a major financial decision. As a prospective Fairfield University student, you are considering an outstanding, private Jesuit institution. The value of this investment - both academically and personally - will not only be realized over the years of your graduate studies, but in the years beyond graduate school when you are enjoying a successful career and an enriching life. Without question, the lifelong benefits of a Fairfield education will far exceed the expenses involved.

Why Choose a Fairfield Graduate Education?

  • To build intellectual skills and confidence to be an adaptable and agile thinker who can contribute in the workplace and in the world.
  • To gain a strong sense of community nurtured through an educational environment steeped in mutual respect and a sense of ethical values.
  • To enhance the depth and breadth of knowledge in a chosen field of study or career.

Financial Options
While the benefits of graduate study can provide immeasurable rewards in the future, 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. Financing a graduate education is possible, if planned properly. The Office of Financial Aid is committed to helping students find the options that best suit each of their needs. We offer a number of ways to help students finance their Fairfield education; these options include:

Various Loan Programs
Under the federal program, graduate students may apply for up to $20,500 per academic year in federal student loans, depending on their educational costs and eligibility. In addition, there are several alternative, credit-based loans to help with financing.

Graduate Assistantships
A limited number of part and full-time graduate assistantships are available to assist promising and deserving students. Graduate assistantships provide a minimum of 10 hours a week employment at the university to offset tuition costs.

Veterans
Veterans may apply educational benefits to degree studies pursued at Fairfield University. Fairfield has a long history of working with veterans, and we have recently introduced our Veteran's Pride Program, which further enhances tuition benefits for qualified veterans.

Tax Benefits
Some expenses associated with educational expenses such as registration fees, travel costs, meals and lodging may be tax deductible. Students may also be eligible for tax credits, which can come in several ways. Consult IRS tax publications or an accountant to determine tax benefits.

Education & Allied Professions Graduate Students
Students applying for the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions have a number of scholarship opportunities specific to their educational paths.

Nursing Scholarships
Students applying for the Graduate School of Nursing may be eligible for scholarships specifically designed for nursing students.

Scholarship

  • Albert M. Loch Scholarship awarded by The Learning for a Lifetime Program
    This scholarship is tuition for up to three credits and is available for a graduate student. Graduate applicants must demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students must submit one faculty letter of recommendation and a completed application, including cover letter, to Elizabeth Hastings. Applications can be picked up in the Kelley Center

Gainful Employment Disclosures
New federal regulations require colleges to inform students of their prospects for "gainful employment" when receiving federal financial aid for non-degree programs. The disclosures were mandated to assist students in choosing the right program for their needs and to prevent them from taking on debt in exchange for programs that fail to get them adequate jobs. At Fairfield University, we are proud of the strength of our programs, our students' employment outcomes, and the leadership roles our graduates have taken in their respective fields. Prospective students will find Gainful Employment Disclosures for each certificate program. All degree programs are exempted from the Gainful Employment Disclosure mandate.


For assistance with applying for financial aid and with financing your Fairfield education, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

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.

Contact Us

Fairfield University
Office of Financial Aid
Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

Phone (203) 254-4125
Fax (203) 254-4008
finaid@fairfield.edu

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

Support Staff

Sara Hanrahan, Operations Assistant
Patricia Braca, Operations Assistant
Amanda Capela, Graduate Assistant

Counseling Staff

Maura Hegley, Assistant Director, mhegley@fairfield.edu: K, L, M
Shirley Klein, Assistant Director, sklein@fairfield.edu: O, P, Q, R, T, F, Y, I
Ellen Gilmore, Assistant Director, egilmore@fairfield.edu: D, E, G, H, J, N, V, X, Veterans
Kim Fetko, Assistant Director, kfetko@fairfield.edu: S, U, W, Z, Part-time undergrads, Grad & Doctoral students, Second-Degree Nursing Students

Students with a last name beginning with "A, B or C" should send any inquiry to finaid@fairfield.edu and they will be assigned to a member of the counseling staff.


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

Academic Progress Standards

For a student to receive financial aid and/or merit scholarships, regulations require satisfactory academic progress toward a degree. The following are the satisfactory academic progress standards for students seeking federal or institutional financial aid at Fairfield University.

Important Forms

The following links will guide students to very important forms that may be required in order for the Office of Financial Aid to complete verification and/or appeal processes and to confirm financial aid eligibility.

Aid Programs

Fairfield University understands that the decision to begin a graduate education can be a significant investment for any student, especially financially. Please find detailed information on our financial aid web pages, which we created specifically for graduate students. We hope this information will assist you in making the best decisions regarding the various federal, state, institutional and private financing options as you embark on your new academic endeavor.

Application Eligibility

Graduate students may be eligible for federal financial aid at Fairfield University.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions and helpful websites.

Graduate Assistantships

There are a limited number of graduate assistantships available to full and part-time graduate students who are fully accepted to a graduate degree program at Fairfield University. Graduate assistants provide services to Fairfield such as administrative, research, faculty support and other. In return, selected students can be eligible to receive a tuition waiver and, in some cases, a stipend.

Registration Procedures

Graduate students can register for courses by phone, in-person, or online via the student portal, my.Fairfield, and will be billed accordingly by the Office of the Bursar. Students can either arrange to make tuition payments in accordance with tuition payment policies or can seek options with financial aid, loans and other financing to assist with program expenses.

Applying for Summer Financial Aid

The summer semester is considered to be the last semester or trailer semester of an award year. Federal student loans may be available to students planning to enroll for the summer semester

Graduate Tuition & Fees

Tuition and Fee Schedule

Office of the Bursar

The Office of the Bursar is responsible for the Accounts Receivable of the University.  The student accounts area is specifically responsible for issuing the student bills, processing receipts and responding to inquiries.

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