Federal verification is a process which requires institutions to verify the accuracy of the information provided on a student's FAFSA in an effort to ensure federal aid is distributed to those who are eligible. We strongly encourage you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool as part of the verification process.
All tax transcripts, including the Verification of Non-Filing Letter, can be requested by accessing the IRS website and clicking on “Get Transcript Online” or “Get Transcript by Mail.” The Verification Worksheet, which is listed below, also has instructions on how to request a transcript.
All financial aid award(s) will remain an ESTIMATE and are subject to change until verification is completed. For more information on the Verification process, please review our Financial Aid Policies page.
The links below will guide you to the various forms that - depending on the process (either verification and/or appeal) - may be required by the Office of Financial Aid to confirm your eligibility. Please refer to your my.Fairfield account for instructions on how to complete these forms. Contact our office with any additional questions you may have about the forms or with questions on any part of the financial aid process.
|Academic Year 2018-19
Forms by Student Status
(and spouse, if applicable)
Dependent Student Asset Clarification
Independent Student Asset Clarification
|Academic Year 2018-19
|Verification of Other Household Resource Form 2016|
|Sibling Enrollment Form|
|Student Title IV Authorization Form|
|Parent Title IV Authorization Form|
|High School Completion Status Form|
|Identity/Statement of Educational Purpose Form
(must be completed by the student, in person and in the presence of a representative of the Office of Financial Aid)
|Dislocated Worker/Homemaker Form|
|Verification of Other Real Estate Form|
|Unaccompanied Youth Verification Worksheet|
Appeal funds for the Fall 2018 semester have been exhausted. Appeals for the Spring 2019 semester will be accepted for review November 1 through December 1, 2018.
Who is eligible for financial aid?
All students are eligible to apply for federal financial aid. The application is free and there are no absolute income cutoffs that disqualify a family from applying since family size, the number of children in college, total assets, and other circumstances factor into the determination of eligibility. However, a student must be accepted by Fairfield University, matriculated in a degree program and demonstrate enrollment of a minimum of six credits per semester to be eligible for financial aid, in addition to meeting other federal requirements.
Is my financial aid automatically renewed every year?
No. Because family circumstances and demonstrated need changes from year to year, students must reapply for financial aid every year by completing the FAFSA and the CSS Profile by the stated deadline. Students receiving university grants or scholarships may receive financial aid for eight consecutive semesters, provided they maintain eligibility. April 15 is the financial aid application deadline for returning full-time undergraduate aid applicants.
What if I am not eligible for need-based financial aid?
Additional loan and payment options are available to help students and families finance a Fairfield education. These plans include the Tuition Pay Monthly Payment Plan, various loan programs for students and parents supported by the federal and state governments, and alternative student loan programs offered by private lenders.
When will I learn about my financial aid award?
Early Action/Early Decision candidates learn of their initial financial aid awards in February. Regular admission candidates are notified in late March/early April. Returning, upper-class students are notified of their awards by the end of May (via university email and my.Fairfield only) and transfer students are notified on a rolling basis.
Fairfield's catalog lists many special scholarships. Can I apply for them?
There is no need to apply for individual scholarships administered by the University. A student's financial aid award may, in fact, include one of these and students will be notified with their award notification.
Where can I look for part-time jobs on/off campus?
Students can visit the Part-Time Job Board offered by the Career Planning Center. Students who qualify for federal work-study (FWS) can read more about Fairfield's program.
If I have more questions about financial aid at Fairfield University, who should I contact?
Please contact the Office of Financial Aid. Our contact information, hours of operation, and counselor listing can be found online. Like us on Facebook to receive important updates, reminders and scholarship information!
This is the form all students must complete to apply for financial aid. The FAFSA must be completed annually and by the University's deadline. For more information on how to file your FAFSA, please click here.
This web site is your source of information for the FSA ID. The FSA ID will give you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and will serve as your legal signature.
This form must be submitted by incoming full-time undergraduate students and their custodial parents, if interested in institutional aid.
This form is must be submitted by incoming full-time students' Noncustodial parents.
This website provides useful information regarding tax transcripts, forms, and tax-filing requirements.
This website is intended for males, between the ages of 18-26, who are required to register with the selective service for financial aid eligibility.
This website explains the differences between federal and private education loans, the various kinds of federal loans offered, and the amounts available to qualified students.
This website provides detailed information on the various repayment options available to applicants.
This website provides detailed information on state grants, scholarships and other financial aid resources. Out-of-state students should refer to their resident state's Office of Higher Education for grant, scholarship and other financial aid information.
This website provides scholarship applications and advice for students.
This web site is a very comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools to help finance a higher education.
This web site provides information on how to obtain and review your credit report.
This web site provides information on federal and private student loans.