Tuition and Cost to Attend Fairfield University

Annual Total Cost

The annual total list price cost to go to Fairfield University was $57,000 for the 2013/2014 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Connecticut residence status as there is no in-state discount. The breakdown of this total cost is detailed as follows.

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Fairfield University is $42,320 for the 2013/2014 academic year. This is 73% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $24,476. Fairfield University is one of the 100 most expensive colleges in the America, coming in 95th on our Expensive 100 Ranking. The fee is $20,076 and 90% more expensive than the average Connecticut tuition of $22,244 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 26th in Connecticut amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 5th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional "other" fee of $600 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $42,920.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $12,930 per year. If you elect to live off campus elsewhere in Fairfield, you should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,150.

Cost Itemization

Costs and Tuition Detail for Fairfield University
Expenditure Price
Connecticut Resident Total Cost$57,000
Non-Resident Total Cost$57,000
   In-State Tuition$42,320
   Out-of-State Tuition$42,320
   Other Fees$600
   Room and Board$12,930
   Books and Supplies$1,150

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 academic years.

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What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $57,000 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out of pocket price you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Fairfield University net price for in-state students receiving aid was $27,930* for the 2010/2011 academic year.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

63% of Fairfield University students received grant aid in 2010/2011 to help defray the cost of tuition. The average total aid amount was $26,351. 16 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2010/2011 was $4,006. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Fairfield University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Fairfield University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$27,930*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid63%
Average Total Grant Aid$26,351
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants16%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,006

Average Financial Aid Mix - $57,000 In-State Total Cost

Estimated coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $57,000. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

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 46% - $26,351

Grants and Scholarships

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education or Fairfield University. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

 18% - $10,540

Federal Loans

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

 35% -  $20,109

Out of Pocket

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2011-2012 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.


Cost of a Degree

When considering the cost to go to Fairfield University, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Fairfield University.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Fairfield University is $228,000 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $27,930 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $111,720**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $285,000 or $139,650 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2011-2012 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Fairfield University.

Connecticut Resident Tuition Per Semester$21,160
Connecticut Resident Total Cost Per Semester$28,500

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Fairfield University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Fairfield University
Price per credit hour$595
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$1,785
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$2,380

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Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 48% of Fairfield University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $10,540. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $28,507.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Fairfield University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $111,720, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $139,978.11. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Fairfield University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 63% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $27,930. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Fairfield University student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Fairfield University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,166.48
Amount Borrowed$111,720.00
Interest Rate4.7%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$28,258.11
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$139,978.11

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Fairfield University? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Fairfield University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $139,978.11 would be needed to afford a $1,166.48 monthly payment in the example $111,720.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Fairfield University is a private not for profit institution.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Fairfield University in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $31,955 to $40,580. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.4%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current 4 year cost of $228,000.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Fairfield University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2019$78,388$313,553
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2024$100,046$400,182
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2029 $127,686$510,745
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2032 $147,813$591,251

Tuition History

What was tuition at Fairfield University five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearTuitionAnnual Increase
2010$37,4903.9%
2009$36,0756.4%
2008$33,9056.1%
2007$31,9555.7%
2006$30,2356.4%
2005$28,4156.9%
2004$26,5858.3%
2003$24,5557.3%
2002$22,8856.8%
2001$21,4354.9%
2000$20,4356.4%
1999$19,2104.9%
1998$18,3105.5%
1997$17,3606.2%
1996$16,3407.1%
1995$15,2514.7%
1994$14,5606.1%
1993$13,7206.2%
1992$12,9209.3%
1991$11,82011.8%
1990$10,57013.4%
1989$9,3259.7%
1988$8,50010.1%
1987$7,720

Cost for Popular Majors

Below are the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Fairfield University ranked by degrees conferred during the 2010/2011 academic year along with their estimated total program cost. Please consult the school's website for further information as actual costs for specific program may vary. Price estimates assume graduation in normal time. Our methodology for estimating these costs is a two or four year multiple of the current one year tuition and living cost of $57,000. Associates degrees are assumed to be completed in two years and bachelors degrees are assumed to take four years.

Area of Study Graduates Estimated Degree + Living Expense Cost
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 111 $228,000
4 year estimate
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 29 $228,000
4 year estimate
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 15 $228,000
4 year estimate
History, General Bachelor's Degree 15 $228,000
4 year estimate
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 15 $228,000
4 year estimate
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 14 $228,000
4 year estimate
General Studies Bachelor's Degree 13 $228,000
4 year estimate
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 12 $228,000
4 year estimate
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 11 $228,000
4 year estimate
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 10 $228,000
4 year estimate
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 9 $228,000
4 year estimate
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 8 $228,000
4 year estimate
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 7 $228,000
4 year estimate
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 6 $228,000
4 year estimate
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 5 $114,000
2 year estimate
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 4 $228,000
4 year estimate
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 $228,000
4 year estimate
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 3 $228,000
4 year estimate
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 3 $228,000
4 year estimate
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 2 $228,000
4 year estimate
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 $228,000
4 year estimate
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 $228,000
4 year estimate
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 2 $228,000
4 year estimate
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 $228,000
4 year estimate
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 2 $228,000
4 year estimate
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $228,000
4 year estimate
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $228,000
4 year estimate
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $228,000
4 year estimate
Computer Software Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 $228,000
4 year estimate
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Associate's Degree 1 $114,000
2 year estimate
Mechanical Engineering Associate's Degree 1 $114,000
2 year estimate
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 $228,000
4 year estimate
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 $228,000
4 year estimate
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 $228,000
4 year estimate
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 $228,000
4 year estimate
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 1 $228,000
4 year estimate
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 1 $228,000
4 year estimate
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $228,000
4 year estimate
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 $228,000
4 year estimate

About Fairfield University

Fairfield University is a four year private college located in Fairfield, Connecticut.  The school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic faith.  Full time enrollment is 3,768 and part time is 1,223.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 8,486 applicants. 5,892 were admitted and 909 enrolled.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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Fairfield, Connecticut
06824-5195

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