Cost of Education

Cost of Attendance: 2016 - 2017 Estimated Direct Charges 
Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Full-time Undergraduate) $38,300
On-Campus Housing  $10,000
Meal Plan (Big Red) $4,450
Estimated Direct Residential Charges $52,750

Direct Costs include tuition and fees, housing, and meals.

  • Tuition and mandatory fees is approximately $38,300 for the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • On-campus housing for first year and returning students is approximately $10,000 for the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • The Big Red meal plan (required for all first year residential students) is approximately $4,450 for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Sacred Heart University offers four distinct choices for meal plans; Executive Premium, Big Red, Pioneer, and Red & White. 

Indirect Costs include books & supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous.
These are not direct charges from the University and may likely vary from student to student. However, in estimating your overall family share, these items should be taken into consideration.
  • We estimate that the average first-year student will spend $1,200 on books & supplies for the academic year. Many students majoring in the sciences or business may find their books to be greater than the average - approximately $1,200 to $1,400 per academic year.
  • The University is part of a select group of academic institutions that embraces the mobile computing philosophy. It is recommended that every full-time undergraduate student purchase a suggested model laptop through one of the preferred vendor websites or a Safeware Insurance Card for full technical support. For the student's benefit, the university supports a laptop acquisition program that provides the most current technology.
  • Costs for transportation and other miscellaneous items should also be within your plan. Items like trips to and from home, clothing, toiletries, entertainment, etc. tend to vary according to individual needs. We recommend you budget for $1,500 to $2,500 per academic year.
  • All students are required by law to have health insurance; students will be billed for the University's health insurance plan but may choose to either enroll in the plan or to waive the charge if their own health insurance meets the qualifications for coverage. The cost of health insurance is approximately $2,030 for the 2016-2017 academic year. 
The University offers a payment plan for the final cost of attendance.

If the remaining balance or monthly payment still seems a bit too high, there are other long-term options. Families have the option of financing their share through federal and private educational loan programs. Many families consider educational loan options in addition or in lieu of a University payment plan.