Admission Veterans Pride Program

Veterans Pride Program

Fairfield University thanks all veterans for your service to our country and is delighted that you are considering our university to attain your higher education goals. At Fairfield we highly value the qualities you have exemplified during your military service - those of dedication, responsibility, and leadership. As students at our university, veterans bring a wide range of experiences from their service into their academic pursuits and they add much to the fabric of our undergraduate and graduate student population.

Fairfield University is especially pleased to announce that all veterans who qualify for educational benefits with the Veterans Administration will receive additional bonus benefits to attend Fairfield.

  • Individuals who qualify for 100% eligibility under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) will also have the opportunity to receive additional funding for program costs through the Yellow Ribbon Program which allows Fairfield to waive up to 50% of additional tuition costs with the remaining 50% to be matched by the VA. This means no tuition costs at Fairfield for the qualified veteran for both an undergraduate or graduate education!
  • Fairfield is committed to assisting all veterans, including those participating in other educational programs aside from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, such as Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehab), Chapter 35 (DEA), and Chapter 1606 (MGIB-SR). For these individuals, as well as those qualified for less than 100% eligibility under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Fairfield will award a bonus grant equal to 20% of the uncovered portion of cost during the distribution of the current benefit.

Fairfield University welcomes all veterans and is dedicated to assisting those who have served our country to attain their educational goals. Through this web portal, we have provided contact information and important links to veteran sites that can provide you with more detailed benefits information. We are delighted that you are considering Fairfield University to attain your higher education goals and look forward to the opportunity to welcome you in the near future to our university community.

Undergraduate Student Contact: Tara Mitchell (203) 254-4100, ext. 3398

Graduate Student Contact: Suzanne Strazza (203) 254-4000, ext. 2500

School Certifying Official: Michael Flatto (203) 254-4000, ext. 2698

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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How Do I Begin?

Explore what Fairfield University has to offer academically, as well as culturally and spiritually. Read our admission applications and deadline information.

Contact Us

For assistance before or during your application process, please contact:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
(203) 254-4100

Office of Graduate Admission
(203) 254-4184

Related Sites and Links

For more detailed information on Post-9/11 GI Bill® or to find out if you are eligible to receive educational veteran benefits please visit: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Post-9/11 GI Bill®?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill®, or Chapter 33 benefit, offers veterans who have served after September 10, 2001, a chance to pursue higher education.

Who qualifies?

Those having served at least 90 days of continuous active duty after September 10, 2001 or

Those having served at least 30 days of continuous active duty after September 10, 2001 discharged due to a service-related disability.

How much will a veteran receive from the VA?

The amount of financial assistance is dependent upon the state in which the selected institution or program is located. The amount made available to an individual is capped at the highest in-state, undergraduate tuition & fees rate. A veteran's length of service after 9/11 determines the benefit eligibility as follows:

100% - 36 or more total months
100% - 30 or more consecutive days with Disability related Discharge.
90% - 30 total months
80% - 24 total months
70% - 18 total months
60% - 12 total months
50% - six total months
40% - 90 or more days

*Note that only those who have served for a total of 36 months or more, or those who have served 30 or more consecutive days with Disability related Discharge are eligible to receive 100% of the available benefits.

What is the potential tuition benefit amount in CT?

For final VA-approved rates in Connecticut, please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs rate tables page. Educational benefit rates for the current year will be made available from the VA every August.

Are graduate or non-matriculated students eligible?

Graduate students are eligible, but it is important to note that the benefit amounts are still based on the state's most expensive undergraduate rate. However, individuals auditing a class or those who are non-matriculated do not qualify for assistance.

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Fairfield University currently partners with The Yellow Ribbon Program with the cooperation of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Through this program, the institution can waive up to 50% of any excess expenses the veteran may incur by enrolling in a more expensive program. The VA will then match that same amount, making it possible for some veterans to receive up to 100% coverage of additional charges.

Only veterans who qualify for 100% of the GI benefits can receive this additional funding.

Does Fairfield provide any financial assistance toward the university application fee?

Yes. Fairfield University is happy to waive the application fee for undergraduate students who have served in active duty. Please contact Tara Mitchell.

Is there other funding available through Fairfield University?

Yes. For veterans receiving aid through other GI Bill programs such as the Reserve Educational Assistance Program, the Montgomery GI Bill or for Post-9/11 veterans who are eligible for less than 100% of Post-9/11 benefits, Fairfield University will offer a bonus grant equal to 20% of their current veteran educational benefit amount. This amount will be applied to the veteran's tuition bill in the form of a grant. The combination of the VA educational benefit and Fairfield bonus grant cannot exceed the cost of tuition for the student's program in any given semester.

Are there any additional benefits aside from tuition assistance?

Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, veterans may receive a monthly housing stipend determined by the zip code of the chosen institution of higher learning. However, those enrolled at a half-time status, enrolled solely in an online program, and individuals currently on active duty are not eligible to receive the housing allowance, although they still receive tuition assistance.

Participants will also receive up to $1,000 per academic year to help cover the costs of books, supplies, and any additional fees. Depending upon how the academic year is divided, equivalent portions of this stipend will be disbursed during the first month of every semester, term, trimester, etc. Active duty members do not qualify for the stipend.

For how long are individuals entitled to the benefits?

Generally veterans are entitled to 36 months of the educational benefits. Individuals who elect to enroll in Chapter 33 after previously receiving benefits from the Montgomery Bill (Chapter 30) are only entitled to the number of months they had remaining under Chapter 30.

Do educational benefits expire?

Yes, veterans must utilize their benefits within 15 years of the date of discharge or release from active duty of at least 90 consecutive days. Effective August 2017, the 15-year limitation to use Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits is removed for Veterans who left active duty on or after January 1, 2013, children who became eligible for the Fry Scholarship on or after January 1, 2013, and all Fry Scholarship eligible spouses.

Are dependents entitled to chapter 33 benefits?

Yes, benefits are potentially transferable if the veteran meets criteria outlined by the VA. Benefits made available through the Yellow Ribbon Program are also transferable to dependents of eligible veterans.

This information was gathered from the website of the Department of Veterans Affairs and is accurate to the best of our knowledge. Veterans should rely on official VA documentation and policies in determining their individual eligibility for educational benefits.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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