Financial Aid for Part-Time Students
Investing in a college education is often a major financial decision, and many students need to look beyond their own resources or those of their employer for assistance. A Fairfield education offers a lifetime of benefits, both personally and professionally, and its value will far exceed the expenses involved. We recognize that each student has unique academic and career goals, and distinctive financial circumstances when planning to further their education.
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.
Students who choose to attend Fairfield University as Part-Time Studies students are welcome to utilize all the services offered by our Office of Financial Aid. This office is a valuable resource for students to learn more about various financial aid opportunities through scholarship, loans, tax credits and veterans' benefits, and other programs.
Albert M. Loch Scholarship awarded by The Learning for a Lifetime Program
This scholarship is for tuition for up to three credits and is available to one undergraduate student.
Undergraduate student applicants must:
- Demonstrate financial need
- Be matriculated in a degree program
- Have a GPA of 2.8 or higher
Students must submit one faculty letter of recommendation and a completed application, including cover letter, to Elizabeth Hastings. Applications can be picked up at the Kelley Center.
Loans and Other Aid
There are various loans and other aid options available to assist students.
Some expenses are associated with education such as registration fees, travel costs, meals and lodging may be tax deductible. Students may be eligible for tax credits, which can come in several ways. Consult IRS tax publications or an accountant to determine tax benefits.
Veterans may apply educational benefits to degree studies pursued at Fairfield University. Fairfield has a long history of working with veterans, and we have recently introduced our Veterans Pride Program, which further enhances tuition benefits for qualified veterans.
Tuition Discount for Town Employees
Fairfield University offers any active full or part-time employee of the town of Fairfield, Connecticut a ten percent discount off of the published tuition rate of any undergraduate or graduate academic program, full or part-time, whether the town employee is seeking a degree or taking individual courses for credit or auditing.
For assistance with applying for financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.
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.
- 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.
- 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.