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Frequently Asked Questions
Is financial aid available to part-time students?
Yes. If a student is a U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen attending Fairfield University, he/she is eligible to apply for federal student aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
What is financial need?
Once the federal processing center receives a completed FAFSA, it follows established guidelines to calculate the contribution a student (and/or parent, if a dependent student) can be expected to make toward the cost of his/her education. The information provided on the FAFSA will be shared with other colleges as listed on the FAFSA. A student's "financial need" is the difference between the expected family contribution (EFC) and the cost of attendance (COA), which is the amount a college/university estimates it will cost to participate in educational programs for once academic year.
Will my application for student aid affect my application for admission?
No. Applications for admission are evaluated separately from requests for financial aid.
Is there a deadline for completing the FAFSA?
While there is no specified deadline for completing the FAFSA, it is recommended that it be completed at least four weeks prior to the semester in which a part-time student may need financial aid.
When will my financial aid be received at Fairfield University?
Generally, approved student aid proceeds will be credited to a student's account on the first day of the semester. However, this may vary depending on the status of the student's financial aid file as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. The Office of the Bursar will use what is necessary from the student aid proceeds to cover an account balance.
Will I have to submit additional documentation in addition to the FAFSA before my aid can be approved and paid?
It depends. The Office of Financial Aid may notify you that your file has been selected for a process called verification. This process requires selected students to sometimes submit additional documentation and/or make changes to his/her FAFSA with accurate tax data. It will be important for students to check the student portal, my.Fairfield and University e-mail for important messages from financial aid.
Are student loans and/or grants renewable each year?
No. Students must submit the FAFSA every year in order to qualify for student aid programs (federal, state and/or institutional, when applicable). The Direct Master Promissory Note (MPN) is a serial application and only needs to be completed once.
If I have more questions about financial aid at Fairfield University, who should I contact?
Please contact the Office of Financial Aid. Our contact information, hours of operation, and counselor listing can be found HERE. We look forward to working with you as you finance your education at Fairfield University!
Federal Student Aid
For information on all sources of federal student aid.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
This is the form all students must complete to apply for financial aid. This application must be completed annually.
Personal Identification Number (PIN)
All students (and/or a parent of a dependent student) will need a PIN from the Department of Education. The PIN can be obtained prior to completing the FAFSA or assigned during the submission of the FAFSA.
Internal Revenue Service