Quinnipiac seeks to assist each of its students and their families to receive the maximum federal, state and institutional financial aid for which they are eligible. Institutional financial aid is available to full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate eligibility according to Quinnipiac's application procedures and funding policies. A student's financial aid "package" may include grants, scholarships, loans and work-study. It is our goal to coordinate aid eligibility so that a Quinnipiac education is within the means of each student and their family.
Our financial aid policy is built on the principle of supplementing student and family contributions towards the cost of attending college. This principle is rooted in the belief that the primary responsibility for meeting college costs rests with the student and their family. Quinnipiac encourages its students to explore all sources of external financial assistance. Check with your high school, community and other affiliations for financial aid opportunities.
How to Apply
Students who are interested in applying for financial aid must complete a FAFSA. The FAFSA can be completed anytime after January 1, but no later than March 1 for *NEW* students and no later than April 1 for *RETURNING* students. The FAFSA can be completed electronically at: http://www.fafsa.gov .
All *NEW* students and returning students who entered the university as a freshmen or transfer student after July 1, 2011 are also required to complete a CSS Profile Form electronically at: https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/prf/index.jsp .
Early Decision Applicants: December 1
Students who are filing "early decision" for admissions should have their CSS Profile completed on or before December 1 in order to be evaluated for financial aid. Early Decision award letters will go out in late December. Students filing their CSS Profile after the December 1st deadline will be awarded aid in the order applications are received. Early decision applicants are NOT required to file the CSS Profile if they are not interested in applying for institutional need-based grant aid.
Freshmen and Transfer Students: March 1
Award letters are generated in the order that the CSS Profile and FAFSA are received and we will begin awarding students on a rolling basis beginning in late January. All applicants who meet the March 1st deadline should receive their initial award letter no later than April 1. The CSS Profile and FAFSA forms are NOT required to receive an academic scholarship.
Returning Students: April 1
Award letters are generated in the order that FAFSAs are received, on a rolling basis, beginning in late May after final grades are posted. All on-time applicants, whose files are complete and processed by our office should receive their award letter no later than June 30. Incomplete files will be processed throughout the summer.
It is important that the central processor(s) receive your Profile and/or FAFSA before the appropriate deadline to assure receiving all of the financial aid to which you are entitled. Quinnipiac welcomes late financial aid applicants, but due to funding constraints, we may be unable to accommodate full funding after the above deadlines.
Students who wish to receive an award letter prior to the May 1 enrollment deposit date, must file all applications and forms prior to March 1. Returning students must file prior to April 1 and meet Quinnipiac's standards for satisfactory academic progress in order to maintain financial aid eligibility. This policy is also published in the Student Handbook and available in the Office of Financial Aid.