An Overview of Aid Programs

The following chart provides a comprehensive picture of the aid programs available, with information on eligibility and application requirements. Some of these programs are administered by Fairfield University, lending institutions, and other state and federal government agencies. It is important to pay strict attention to deadlines and application instructions for all programs, regardless of the administering agencies.

Please also review our Financing a Fairfield Education brochure for more information.

Note: This list of aid programs is not exhaustive. Many other grant and loan programs exist all over the country, and your eligibility for them often depends on where you live and what high school you attend. Consult your high school counselor to discover what special awards may be available to you and how you may apply for them. Remember, any financial aid you receive will reduce your annual costs and/or your loan repayment obligations. It may be worth doing some extra paperwork to apply for additional aid programs!

Fairfield University Need-Based Aid Programs

Program

Eligibility
Requirements

Source
of Funds

Annual
Awards

Application Instructions

Fairfield Tuition
Grant

Full-time undergraduate students with financial need

Fairfield University

Varies

Early Action & Early Decision Applicants ONLY

Submit CSS Profile no later than January 1
Submit FAFSA no later than February 15

First Year Applicants
Submit CSS Profile and FAFSA no later than February 15

First Year Students
Fairfield cannot offer students a financial aid award until both the CSS Profile and FAFSA are submitted (and Noncustodial Parent Profile, when applicable). If your file is selected for the federal verification process, you will be notified in early April by the Office of Financial Aid of additional requirements. Once you are notified, it will be important to submit all required verification documents by August 1.

Returning Students
Submit CSS Profile and FAFSA no later than April 15*

If your file is selected for the federal verification process, you will be notified in late May by the Office of Financial Aid of additional requirements. Once you are notified, it will be important to submit all required verification documents by August 1.*

Transfer Students
Submit CSS Profile and FAFSA no later than May 1

Transfer students may qualify for limited University need-based funding during the first year of enrollment.

*Note: It is important for returning students to meet the application deadline (for both FAFSA and CSS Profile) to avoid reductions to university need-based aid.

Athletic
Grant-in-Aid

Awarded by the Athletic department
to students participating in designated sports

Fairfield University

Varies

Contact Athletic Department at (203) 254-4216

Federal, State and Other Aid Programs

Program

Eligibility
Requirements

Source
of Funds

Annual Award Ranges

Application Instructions

Federal Pell Grant

Undergraduate students with exceptional financial need as determined by the FAFSA

Federal

Maximum award for 2012-13: $5,550
for 2013-14: $5,645

See instructions for need-based aid (above)

Federal
Supplemental
Educational
Opportunity Grant

Undergraduate students with exceptional financial need as determined by the FAFSA

Federal

Up to $4,000; awards vary

See instructions for need-based aid (above)

Federal TEACH Grant

Junior and Senior full-time day undergraduate education minors and GSEAP candidates willing to serve four years (of eight) as a highly qualified teacher in certain designated high-need fields, at a Title I school. If federal teaching requirements are not fulfilled by grant recipient, the TEACH grant becomes an unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan. For additional information, visit Federal TEACH Grant.

Federal

Up to $4,000

See instructions for need-based aid (above)

Federal
Work Study

Full-time undergraduate students with exceptional financial need as determined by the FAFSA; awards determined by the University. Details

Federal

$500-$1,000

See instructions for need-based aid (above)

Federal Perkins Loan

Full-time undergraduate students with exceptional financial need; preference given to first year students and/or eligibility and availability of funds considered in a financial aid appeal (if applicable)

Federal

Up to $4,000; average award $1,000

See instructions for need-based aid (above)

Federal Nursing Student Loan

Students in the School of Nursing with financial need; awards determined by the university. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information on eligibility.

Federal

Limited funding; awards vary

See instructions for need-based aid (above)

Direct Loan

Subsidized - Students with demonstrated financial need, enrolled in at least half-time (six credits) status

Unsubsidized - Students with no financial need (as determined by the FAFSA), enrolled in at least half-time (six credits) status

Federal

View chart

View online

See instructions for need-based aid (above)

Direct PLUS Loan

Loans for parents of dependent undergraduate students

Federal

Cost of Attendance minus financial aid assistance

View online

Alternative Student Loan

Variety of private, credit-based loan programs are available to those who qualify

Private Lenders

Variable or Fixed

View online

State Grant

Varies per state

State

Variable

Write directly to your state Board or Commissioner of Education for information.

Tuition Pay
(Monthly Plan)

A Sallie Mae, Inc. administered, monthly payment plan for Fairfield University parents and students.

Sallie Mae, Inc.

Variable

  1. View online
  2. Call toll-free
    (800) 635-0120
  3. Contact the
    Office of the Bursar