University Scholarships & Grants

Sacred Heart University’s personal approach and strong commitment to financial aid helps our students achieve their educational goals. To provide further access to families as they invest in a Sacred Heart University education, a variety of institutional financial assistance programs have been designed which recognize students’ academic and extracurricular achievements as well as the financial needs of our families. In order to qualify for any of our need-based, merit-based or activity based aid programs, each incoming full-time undergraduate student is required to complete the CSS Profile.  The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is required for each incoming full-time undergraduate student for all federal and state financial aid programs. Returning students are required to complete the FAFSA annually to qualify for the renewal of their aid packages.

Merit Scholarship Programs

All new students are considered for academic scholarships as part of the admission application review process (a separate scholarship application is not required). Merit scholarships are awarded by the Scholarship Review Committee and are based on the review of each student’s high school transcript and class rank. Course selection and overall grade point average are weighed heavily in the review process. Sacred Heart University’s Test-Optional Admissions Policy does apply to the review for merit scholarships. However, if candidates feel their test scores provide further evidence of academic ability and potential, they may wish to submit them to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Academic scholarships are renewable for four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate study provided the student is enrolled full time each semester and maintains the cumulative GPA established for each program. Academic scholarships are only awarded at the time of admission, and there should be no expectation that the amount will increase in subsequent years. Scholarships are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis; we recommended that students complete their applications for admission by February 1 in order to receive the maximum possible scholarship.

  • Merit scholarship categories include following:  President's Excellence Award, Trustee Scholarship, and College Scholarship range from $5,000-$16,500.
  • Students transferring to Sacred Heart University may be eligible for academic scholarships based on academic achievements at their previous post-secondary institutions. Programs include:Phi Theta Kappa,Transfer Achievement Award, and Connecticut Community College Scholarship.

Activity-Based Programs

Sacred Heart University offers activity-based grant and scholarship programs for full-time undergraduate students who participate in various student life programs on campus. Awards are based on level of activity and participation, and include programs such as Community Connections, Pioneer Bands, University Choir, and Intercollegiate Athletics. Annual renewal of these grants requires continued participation in the grant-awarding program.

Need-Based Programs

Sacred Heart University awards Institutional need-based assistance to students based on preliminary data gathered through the CSS Profile form. We also require the completion of the FAFSA form so that students may be eligible for federal and state grant and loan assistance.