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.