University of Fairfax Direct Institutional Aid

Direct institutional aid is awarded by the University in the form of scholarships, fellowships, payment plans and institutional loans. Availability of funding may vary by term. Students who are awarded institutional aid must remain in good academic standing and must meet their financial obligations to the University in order to continue to receive scholarship or fellowship disbursements. Eligibility for specific scholarships and fellowships may vary by program of study as described below.

Who is Eligible?

You may be eligible for institutional aid if you:

  • Complete a University of Fairfax Application
  • Obtain admission to the University of Fairfax

How to Qualify?

  • Institutional aid is based upon merit and/or need
  • Students qualify for only one institutional scholarship or fellowship at a time


Governance Grant *NEW*

($1,500 per class): For students who begin the Doctorate in Business Administration program within the inaugural class of January 7, 2019; or Doctorate of Software Development with the inaugural class of May 6, 2019. The Governance Grant is for the first year of studies only with a cap of $9,000 for the year.

Information Security Certification

($500 for one cert, $1,000 for 2+): To recognize their achievements, degree-seeking applicants who hold selected information security certifications such as CISSP, CISM and CISA prior to their enrollment are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Accepted certs include - PMP, ITIl, CSIH, ISSAP, ISSEP, ISSMP, SSCP, SCNP, SCNA, GCIA, GCIH, GSE, GSEC, GSLC, GSNA, GISF and CEH. Other certs may be considered as well.

Research Fellowships

The University has created several fellowship funds to support students conducting much needed cybersecurity research. These fellowships include:


($179/credit hour): Student must be employed by a government entity or government-contracted and must be enrolled in Master or Doctoral program. The FISMA Fellowship Fund was established by University of Fairfax to support research intended to improve compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act. .

Cybersecurity Policy Fellowship

($179/credit hour): Student must be employed by a private company and must be enrolled in Master or Doctoral program. The Cyber Security Policy Fellowship Fund was established by University of Fairfax to support research intended to advance cybersecurity policy development.

Cybersecurity Crisis Fellowship

($250/credit hour) This fellowship is available for students who start the January 7, 2019 term and enroll in any cybersecurity degree program or the MBA program. Can be renewed throughout calendar year 2019 for continuously enrolled students, up to $1500 per semester and $4500 for the year. Awards will be made to qualified students upon completing an essay discussing how the student's work contributes to his/her industry. Specific instructions for submitting essays will be given to the student after his/her initial financial planning appointment.

For more information on how to apply and qualify for institutional aid, please request a personal consultation.


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