Financial Aid & Tuition

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.

Undergraduate Financial Aid

As a prospective Fairfield University student, you are considering an outstanding, private Jesuit institution that requires a significant investment. The value of this investment - both academically and personally - will not only be realized over your four years as a student at Fairfield, but you will reap the benefits in the years well beyond college when you are enjoying a successful career and an enriching life.

Fairfield offers you the kind of education that:

  • Makes you an agile thinker with the multidisciplinary education to form a well-rounded citizen and scholar.
  • Encourages you to develop the intellect, skills and confidence to make your own way in the world, and perhaps change it for the better.

Applicants often assume they cannot afford a highly selective liberal arts college such as Fairfield University, but we are committed to helping you do exactly that. There are a number of ways financial aid can help close the gap between what a family can afford to pay and the full cost of attendance. We are here to advise you on how to bridge the gap and make a Fairfield University education a reality for you.

Just as all students have different academic goals in college, we recognize that their financial aid needs may vary over the course of their four years at Fairfield. We pride ourselves on working individually with students and their families every year to provide the latest information to help them manage and navigate through their financial aid choices.

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

Satisfactory 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.

Cost of Attendance & Overview of Aid Programs

From its founding, Fairfield University has been committed to providing educational opportunities to motivated students of diverse social and economic backgrounds. While students and families have the primary responsibility for college expenses, Fairfield University sees this as a shared endeavor and will assist students with as much financial aid as possible.

Application 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.

Financial Aid Forms

Forms that may be required in order for the Office of Financial Aid to complete the verification and/or appeal processes in order to confirm financial aid eligibility. Please refer to your my.Fairfield account for instructions on how to complete these forms.

How to Apply

Whether you are a current or prospective student, we want to make your Fairfield education as affordable as possible. We also created a checklist to make your financial aid application process as easy as possible too.

Federal Work Study

Federal work-study (FWS) is a program funded by both the federal government and Fairfield University that provides part-time employment to undergraduate students who have significant financial need. Eligible students have an opportunity to earn money to help with educational expenses while gaining valuable professional experience in University or community service jobs.

Financial Aid Policies

Fairfield University uses both Federal Methodology (FM) and Institutional Methodology (IM) to determine a student's demonstrated financial need. Federal aid (grants, loans, work-study) is awarded based on information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal Methodology calculates a student's financial need with a formula that was established by U.S. Congress.

Loans

Students (or parents of dependent students) may be eligible for federal loans at Fairfield University.

Net Price Calculator

At Fairfield, we know that the cost of a private college education is an important investment and a major decision for you as a student and for your family. We are pleased to provide you with this resource to help you estimate the merit-based and need-based aid for which you may be eligible at Fairfield.

Merit Scholarships & Grants

All admitted students are automatically considered for a merit scholarship, regardless of whether he or she has completed an application for financial aid. Fairfield Tuition Grants (need-based) awards are made after a thorough analysis of a family's ability to pay and they may vary from year to year according to the student's need and the availability of funds.

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees

Tuition and Fee Schedule - Undergraduate

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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