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Cost Of Attendance & Overview Of Aid Programs

From its founding, Fairfield University has been committed to providing educational opportunities to motivated students of diverse social and economic backgrounds. While students and families have the primary responsibility for college expenses, Fairfield University sees this as a shared endeavor and will assist students with as much financial aid as possible.

Investing in a college education is often a major financial decision and many students and families might need to look beyond their own resources for assistance. Affording a Fairfield education is possible, if viewed in the broadest perspective and with the proper financial planning. Without question, the lifelong benefits of a Fairfield education will far exceed the expenses involved.

2024-2025 Full-Time Undergraduate Resident

(Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering, Nursing)

Item Cost
Tuition $57,450
Average Room & Board $12,038
Food $7,800
Books & Supplies $1,175
Transportation $950
Miscellaneous Expenses $1,055
General Fee $900
Orientation Fee (First-Year Only) $400
Total $81,768

*The cost of attendance (COA) varies by academic year. The COA is the total amount it may cost for a full-time resident student to attend Fairfield University during a specified period of enrollment. This information is very useful for financial planning purposes and for securing loans, if necessary. The COA 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, room/board and fees. Indirect costs will not be billed, but may be incurred as expenses while attending Fairfield University. These costs can include books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses.

Overview Of Aid Programs

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

This list of aid programs is not exhaustive. Many other grant and loan programs exist all over the country, and eligibility often depends on a student's state of residence and high school attended. We recommend that students consult with high school counselors to discuss what special awards may be available. Remember, any financial aid received will reduce the annual costs and/or future loan repayment obligations. It may be worth doing some extra paperwork to apply for additional aid programs!

Fairfield University offers need-based aid as well as merit scholarships.

Fairfield University Aid Programs
Program Eligibility Requirements Source of Funds Annual Awards
Fairfield University Need-Based Grants - names may vary by program Full-time undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need Fairfield University Varies based on eligibility
Financial aid awards cannot be processed until both the FAFSA and CSS Profile have been received (including the Noncustodial PROFILE, when applicable). To confirm eligibility, students may be selected for the verification process. If selected, students will be notified by the Office of Financial and should submit all required documents no later than August 1. Returning students only need to complete the CSS Profile their freshman year. However, the FAFSA is required every academic school year.
Athletic Grant- in-Aid Awarded by the Athletics department Fairfield University Varies
Fairfield University Aid Programs (Application Instructions)
Program Application Instructions by Student Status
Fairfield University Need-Based Grants - names may vary by program Early Action/Decision Applicants

Submit CSS Profile by December 1

Submit FAFSA by December 1
First Year Applicants
Regular Decision/Early Decision II

Submit CSS Profile & FAFSA by January 15
Transfer Applicants

Submit CSS Profile & FAFSA by June 1
Returning Students

Submit FAFSA by April 15
Athletic Grant- in-Aid Contact the Athletics 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

Undergraduate students with a parent killed in the line of duty

Federal Maximum award for academic year 2024–25: $7,395 Learn more
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Undergraduate students with exceptional financial need as determined by the FAFSA Federal Up to $4,000; awards vary Learn more
Federal Work-Study Full-time undergraduate students with exceptional financial need as determined by the FAFSA; awards determined by the University. Federal Maximum up to $2,000 Learn more
Direct Loan Subsidized - Students with demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA
Unsubsidized - Students with no financial need as determined by the FAFSA

Additional information and eligibility requirements
Federal View loan limits After you submit the FAFSA, complete the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling
Direct PLUS Loan Loans for parents of dependent undergraduate students

Additional information and eligibility requirements
Federal Cost of Attendance minus - financial aid assistance After you submit the FAFSA, complete a credit check and Master Promissory Note
Alternative Student Loan Credit-based programs available to qualifying applicants Search alternative loan Cost of Attendance minus - financial aid assistance Search alternative loan
State Grant Varies per state State Varies Contact your resident state's Board or Commissioner of Education for information.
Tuition Payment Plan For Full-Time Undergraduate students, the University offers the option to pay for the semester on a monthly basis via a payment plan administered by Nelnet Campus Commerce. This semester-based plan allows you to spread the semester balance due over a 4 month period.     See enrollment instructions

Contact the Office of the Bursar

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