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How to Apply for Financial Aid

All students and their families are encouraged to apply for financial aid at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Fairleigh Dickinson University administers a variety of academic and need-based funding from federal, state and university sources. Financial aid is available to qualified full-time and part-time matriculated students.   Only one form is required to determine eligibility: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov and may be filed as early as January 1st each year.

 Important Deadlines and Notes:

  • 004738 – Florham Campus, Madison, NJ
  • 002607 – Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, NJ
  • The recommended deadline for filing the FAFSA is February 15 for maximum financial aid consideration.
  • FDU's Title IV school codes are:
  • You must file the FAFSA no later than February 15 to receive your Fairleigh Dickinson award letter by April 1.
  • For priority consideration of FDU's Merit Scholarships (ranging up to $30,000 annually), your application must be submitted by January 15.
  • You must reapply for financial aid each year while you are in school by filing the FAFSA.

Renewal of financial aid is based on continued financial need, enrollment status, availability of funds, and maintaining satisfactory academic progress. Students with extenuating circumstances that are not reflected on the FAFSA are encouraged to visit the Office of Financial Aid at any point during the year. Additional financial aid may be available; documentation of circumstances will be required for a re-evaluation and consideration of additional financial aid.


Students who are selected for verification by the Department of Education will be required to submit additional documentation to the Office of Financial Aid so that the information reported on the FAFSA can be verified. As a result of verification, your financial aid award may need to be adjusted. Students selected for verification will be notified of the required documentation and the time in which the documentation must be received. Failure to provide the documentation may result in cancellation of financial aid.

International Students

International students are eligible for academic scholarships as well as athletic funding, as provided by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) guidelines. However, international students are not eligible for federal, state or University need-based financial aid.

Financial Aid Awards

A financial aid package, or award letter, combines all types of aid that you qualify for at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Your financial aid award letter will list separately each type of aid – such as scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study – and the annual amount of each. Aid comes from a variety of sources – federal, state, university and private.

Each type of aid has its own eligibility requirements. Some are based entirely on financial need; others are based on academic merit, or a combination of both financial need and academic merit.            

  • Scholarships and grants are “gift” money and do not need to be repaid.
  • Work study funds are “earned” dollars for campus-based employment.
  • Federal loans must be repaid once the student graduates, withdraws or drops below half-time status.

Tuition Payment Options

Fairleigh Dickinson University makes every attempt to assist students and families in meeting a student’s financial need, though this is not guaranteed.  The financial aid package may not cover all college expenses. Students and families may look to various educational loan programs to assist with these costs or may wish to use a tuition payment plan. There are two tuition payment plans to consider:

  • Option One:  Using Tuition Management Systems (TMS), a family can make 10 regularly scheduled monthly payments during the academic year without interest or incurring charges. An enrollment form and an annual enrollment fee of $60 are required.
  • Option Two: Through this University-administered semester payment plan, a family can make three regularly scheduled monthly payments during an academic semester without interest. An enrollment form is required and there is a fee charged (by semester) for this option. Information about the University-administered payment plan is provided to each student with the semester bill.

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