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. 

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 submit them to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Merit scholarships are renewable for four years (eight semesters) of full-time undergraduate study provided the student maintains the required cumulative GPA established for their specific scholarship. Merit scholarships are only awarded at the time of admission. 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.

  • Merit scholarships range from $5,000 to $16,500. Programs include: President's Excellence Award and Trustee Scholarship. 
  • Transfer students may be eligible for Merit scholarships based on academic achievements at their previous post-secondary institutions. Programs include: Phi Theta Kappa and Transfer Achievement Award.

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 specific program.

Need-Based Programs

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