Applications & Eligibility

Part-time students may qualify for federal financial aid at Fairfield University.  In order to be eligible for one or more of the federal student aid programs, students must:

  • Be matriculated in a degree-granting program
  • Maintain at least half-time enrollment (six credits)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) as defined by Fairfield University
  • Meet various federal regulatory requirements 

Read more about federal financial aid programs.


How to Apply

In order to apply for any of the federal student aid programs, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Students (and parents of dependent students) must sign the FAFSA with a personal identification number (PIN) as assigned by the Department of Education.  To submit the FAFSA to Fairfield University, use the federal school code: 001385. The FAFSA should be submitted at least four weeks prior to the beginning of the semester the student is applying for aid.


Deadlines

Federal student aid will be awarded to all eligible part-time students on a rolling basis as applications are received by the Office of Financial Aid. Need-based University aid, which may be available, could be awarded to eligible students when the FAFSA is received by the following deadlines:

Fall Applicants:
The FAFSA must be received by the federal processing center by June 1.

Spring Applicants:
The FAFSA must be received by the federal processing center by November 1.


Federal Verification

Verification is the process when a school is required to compare the information from the FAFSA to the information from a student's (and parent's, if applicable) tax and income information filed from the previous year. If a student's application is selected for verification by the Department of Education, he/she will be notified through the Student Aid Report (SAR) and by Fairfield University. A SAR is the summary of a student's FAFSA results. Students selected for verification will need to submit additional documentation as requested by the Office of Financial Aid.