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.
Please read the important information below about Fairfield University's financial aid application deadlines, application processes and required forms.
Early Decision I
Early Decision II
Returning Students (undergraduate, full-time)
Submit the FAFSA School Code: 001385
Submit the CSS Profile School Code: 3390
Note: These deadlines are firm. CSS Profile, FAFSA, or Noncustodial PROFILE applications received after these deadlines above will not be guaranteed need-based financial aid. Students interested in financial aid should complete both of these applications annually, by the stated deadlines. For more information on how to file your FAFSA, please click here. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have questions.
While divorce or separation may complicate the extent to which one or both parents can contribute financially to college, it does not absolve either parent of this obligation. Our policy for determining the financial need of students whose parents are divorced or separated derives from the central principle that both parents are responsible for the support of their children to the extent that they are financially capable.
In cases of divorce or separation, the parent with whom the student resides (and if applicable, a step-parent) is responsible for completing the FAFSA and CSS Profile. Fairfield University requires that the noncustodial parent (NCP) complete the Noncustodial PROFILE by the stated deadline.
If the noncustodial parent is unable to complete the Noncustodial PROFILE on a student's behalf, Fairfield may consider waiving this requirement in extraordinary circumstances. In order to start the waiver appeal process, all first year applicants (and custodial parents) should complete and submit the Noncustodial Parent PROFILE Waiver Appeal Form, with supporting documentation, to the Office of Financial Aid no later than March 31.
Returning students whose parent's marital status may have changed since filing the CSS Profile and FAFSA in the previous year(s) and as a result, may experience difficulty getting their noncustodial parent to complete the Noncustodial PROFILE, should submit the Noncustodial PROFILE Waiver Appeal Form no later than April 15.
||Early Action admissions application deadline|
||Early Decision I admissions application deadline|
2018-2019 CSS Profile, Noncustodial Parent Profile and FAFSA deadline for both Early Action and Early Decision I applicants
2017-2018 CSS Profile, Noncustodial Parent Profile and FAFSA deadline for SPRING 2018 transfer students
|December 15||Early Decision I admissions notification date|
|December 20||Eary Action admissions notification date|
|January 15||Regular Decision and Early Decision II admissions application deadline|
|January 15||Regular Decision and Early Decision II CSS Profile, Noncustodial Parent Profile and FAFSA deadline|
|February 15||Early Decision II admissions notification date|
||Deadline to submit Noncustodial Parent Profile Waiver Appeals - ALL incoming students|
Regular Decision admissions notification date
Information on Tuition Management Systems (TMS) Payment Plan mailed to admitted students
||Deadline for returning students (undergraduate, full-time) to submit CSS Profile and FAFSA
Deadline for returning students, whose parent's marital circumstances may have changed since filing the CSS Profile/FAFSA in previous year, to submit Noncustodial Parent Profile and/or Noncustodial Parent Profile Waiver Appeal Form
||Deadline for admission deposit and acceptance of financial aid award offer|
||CSS Profile, Noncustodial Parent Profile and FAFSA deadline for FALL 2018 transfer students|
Deadline to submit all verification documents (only for students who have been notified by the Office of Financial Aid of additional requirements)
|July 1||FALL semester e-bills sent to all students via university email (and authorized e-bill users)|
|August 1||Payment due for FALL semester|
|August 1||Deadline to enroll in a monthly payment plan|
|December 1||SPRING semester e-bills sent to all students via university email (and authorized e-bill users)|
|January 1||Payment due for SPRING semester|
Contact the Office of the Bursar for more information on charges, e-billing, late fees, and payment plans.