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 for 2016-2017 academic year (fall and spring semesters) are projected to be $38,300 for a full time undergraduate student taking 12-18 credits per semester.
  • On-campus housing for first year students for the 2016-2017 academic year is approximately $10,000.
  • Returning student housing for the 2016-2017 academic year is approximately $10,000.
  • For a student’s board, Sacred Heart University offers four distinct choices for meal plans; Executive Premium, Big Red, Pioneer, and Red & White. The Big Red meal plan is required for all first year residential students, and is projected to be $4,450 for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Indirect Costs include books & supplies, transportation, personal and misc.
These are not direct charges from Sacred Heart University and may vary from student to student. However, in estimating your overall family share, a student will want to take these into consideration.
  • We estimate that the average first-year student will spend $1,200 on books for the academic year. Many students majoring in the sciences or business may find their books to be greater than 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 $1,400 to $2,000 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 choose to waive the charge if their own health insurance meets the qualifications for coverage. The cost of health insurance for 2016-2017 academic year is yet to be determined. 
The University offers a payment plan for the final cost of attendance.

If the remaining balance or monthly billing amount still seems a bit too high, there are other long-term options. Families have the option of financing their share through federal and private education loan programs. Many consider educational loan options in addition or in lieu of the university payment plan. For instance, we encourage families to visit our educational loan website to learn about some of the more competitive programs. Our staff understands the importance of efficient borrowing for our students. It remains a top priority that we research and provide up-to-date information so our students have the opportunity to participate in the best educational financing programs available.