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Scholarships & Grants
Fairfield University Merit Scholarships
All students admitted to Fairfield are automatically considered for a merit scholarship, regardless of whether they have completed an application for financial aid. Eligibility for a merit scholarship is determined after a thorough review of all aspects of a student's application, including their overall academic record, strength of their academic program, and their extra-curricular involvement. In keeping with the University’s holistic review of applications, there are no minimum grades or standardized test scores required for merit scholarship consideration. Merit scholarships range from $15,000 to $28,000.
The Arts & Sciences Guarantee
The Arts & Sciences Guarantee is a distinctive fellowship offered to all College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate students, beginning with the Class of 2026. Designed to offer access to students who want to gain important hands-on industry experience, the Arts & Sciences Guarantee provides funding of up to $2,500 to support undergraduates who obtain an approved unpaid internship, research, or fieldwork experience while studying at Fairfield.
For more information, please contact the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Career and Professional Development at CASCareers@fairfield.edu.
Student-athletes are generally recruited by Fairfield University coaches, who identify candidates on the basis of their athletic skill. Prospective students should contact the Athletic Department directly to speak with a coach about grant-in-aid opportunities.
Fairfield University also offers a variety of athletic scholarships and named funds that start at $50,000 and can be payable over 3-5 years. Visit the Friends of Athletics’ scholarships page to learn more.
Bridgeport Tuition Grant
Fairfield University is deeply committed to the students of Bridgeport and their future educational goals. Since 1999, the University has sponsored the Community Partnership Scholars Program at four Bridgeport high schools (Bassick, Central, Harding, and Kolbe-Cathedral). Through this program, Fairfield University collaborates with each participating school to offer admission and financial aid mentoring, resources to cover group visits to campus, and a full tuition scholarship awarded every year at each of the four schools.
Fairfield University has expanded this effort in two significant ways. The first is to provide full tuition scholarships to Bridgeport high school students whose annual family income is under $50,000 and whose financial assets are typical of families with this annual income. Based on individual circumstances, students may qualify for additional financial aid to cover fees, room, board, and personal expenses related to enrollment. Any Bridgeport resident who is admitted to Fairfield University, graduates from one of the Bridgeport high schools listed below, and has attended that school for all four academic years is eligible to apply for this award.
- Bassick High School
- Bridge Academy
- Bridgeport International Academy
- Bridgeport Military Academy
- Bullard Havens Vocational-Technical High School
- Capital Preparatory Harbor School (Bridgeport)
- Central High School
- Great Oaks Charter High School
- Harding High School
- Kolbe Cathedral High School
- The Interdistrict Magnet Schools at the Fairchild Wheeler Campus (eligibility for Bridgeport residents only)
The second effort includes expansion of Fairfield University's commitment to the Community Partnership Scholars Program by providing additional scholarships to eligible students. Students with additional demonstrated financial need beyond the base award may qualify for further assistance.
Eligibility Guidelines: The full-time, Bridgeport high school student must apply to Fairfield University for undergraduate admission by either the early action or regular decision application deadline each year. Students must be offered admission through the standard admission review process to be eligible.
The CSS Profile, Noncustodial Parent PROFILE (if applicable), and FAFSA applications must be received by the Office of Financial Aid by the January 15 deadline.
The student's family must annually demonstrate a federal Adjusted Gross Income of under $50,000 and have financial assets that are typical of households with this income.
Students are required to complete and submit the Bridgeport Tuition Grant Application with all required forms and documents by the deadline. Proper documentation of income (federal income tax returns) from two-years prior is required from the custodial parent and the noncustodial parent, if applicable. Parent federal tax returns, w-2's, and the verification worksheet for dependent students must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid by February 1 to be considered for eligibility. Failure to adhere to all deadline requirements may result in ineligibility for the program.
Students also must be enrolled as full-time, day students at Fairfield University to be eligible for this tuition program. Students must enroll at Fairfield in the first semester following their high school graduation.
Students that have applied for and are receiving the Bridgeport Tuition Grant are required to adhere to Fairfield University’s financial aid awarding policies. Fairfield University reserves the right to request additional documentation as needed to determine initial or renewal eligibility. The award is for one year only. Renewal eligibility will be based on meeting renewal deadlines, income/asset thresholds and various other financial aid eligibility requirements.
For additional information, contact the Office of Financial Aid.
The Company Scholars
In 1540, St. Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesuits with six of his closest companions. From that moment on, this group of “God’s soldiers,” also known as the “The Company of Jesus," would go on to “set the world aflame,” serving the underserved and dedicating their lives to social justice through education.
Honoring these same principles, Fairfield University established The Company Scholars, a unique program that provides four-year, full-cost scholarships to a cohort of students attending Jesuit and Cristo Rey high schools. Students selected to participate in the program become part of an elite group of diverse individuals, who are engaged in academic excellence and equipped with a supportive network and a platform to make a difference.
Students enrolled in The Company Scholars program receive:
- An invitation to participate in Fairfield’s Academic Immersion program, a summer bridge program that allows students to earn six credits prior to the start of the first academic year
- One-on-one mentorship with esteemed faculty and peer leaders
- Academic and career advising
- Research and study abroad opportunities
- Group fellowship and support
- Full room and board
In order to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be enrolled as a high school senior at a Cristo Rey Network School or Jesuit High School
- Come from a traditionally underrepresented background
- Meet Fairfield University’s academic profile for admission
- Make significant/meaningful contributions to their community
- Embody Jesuit values through character
- Apply to Fairfield University using the Common Application by November 1 (Early Action Deadline) or January 15 (Regular Decision Deadline).
- The application fee is waived for all Cristo Rey and Jesuit high school students. A fee waiver code can be obtained by contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
- Please note that an interview is required to complete the application.
- Initial selection notification will be sent as follows:
- Early Action Applicants: January 15
- Regular Decision Applicants: February 15
- Students selected for the first round will be asked to complete an additional essay and interview.
- Final selections will be released by March 15.
- Students will have 30 days to confirm acceptance of scholarship. Students may confirm by submitting the enrollment deposit as established by the Office of Admission.
For more information, contact Na'Shyra Yates, Assistant Director of Admission, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FACHEX & Tuition Exchange
Fairfield University’s Faculty Children Exchange Program (FACHEX) and Tuition Exchange Program (TUIEX) are available to children of full-time Fairfield University faculty and staff, as well as qualifying children from other participating institutions. For details and guidelines, please visit the Office of Human Resources’ webpage.
Fairfield Tuition Grants
Fairfield Tuition Grants (need-based) awards are made after a thorough analysis of a family's ability to pay and they may vary from year to year according to the student's need and the availability of funds. A student's need is the difference between the total cost of education and the family's expected family contribution (EFC), as determined by the CSS Profile. Fairfield University invests a substantial portion of its own resources for student aid, but is unable to meet the full demonstrated need of all students. Additionally, Fairfield has over 170 need-based awards in endowed scholarships. Students do not have to apply for these scholarships as all students who meet the criteria will automatically be notified in their award letter.
Students receiving University grants or scholarships are eligible to receive such assistance for eight consecutive semester from the date of enrollment as a first year student. Semesters spent in a study abroad program (whether Fairfield or that of another institution) are included in the eight consecutive semester limit whether or not a student receives University aid during the semesters abroad. The eight consecutive semester limit is pro-rated for transfer students.