Cost of Education

Sacred Heart University's cost of education includes allowances for tuition, living expenses, books and supplies, transportation and miscellaneous expenses. These figures are calculated averages base on regional student data and detailed information collected about SHU students. Your actual expenses may vary according to personal lifestyle priorities and obligations. 

When planning for the cost of education you should differentiate and plan for both direct and indirect costs.

Direct Costs

Includes tuition and fees and those charges billed to you by the University Student Accounts Office. The tuition amount used to determine financial aid eligibility is calculated based on the estimate of your enrollment status (Half-time 6-8 credits, three quarter time 9-11 credits or full time 12+ credits). This information is provided by you on the University College Confidential Information Form. If your actual enrollment status changes from your estimate, your award may be adjusted. Please report any changes to your enrollment estimate to the Office of Student Financial Assistance immediately. Failure to do so may delay the disbursement of financial aid funds into your account and you may be responsible to repay the U.S. Department of Education, your lender or Sacred Heart University.

For the official up-to-date costs, please refer to our Student's Accounts website.

Indirect Costs

Include books and supplies, transportation, child care, personal miscellaneous and off-campus living expenses.These are not direct charges from Sacred Heart University and may vary from student to student.However, in estimating your costs, you will want to take these into consideration.

We will budget approximately $150 for books and supplies per 3-credit class.Costs for transportation and other miscellaneous expenses would be budgeted approximately $200 per class.Off campus living expenses would be budgeted from $200 $1,200 er 3-credit class depending upon if you are living with parents or independently.

Additional Information

For more information on planning the cost of your education, you may contact the Student Accounts Office at 203-371-7925 or via the web for the most up-to-date charges and available payment plans.

Financial assistance applicants are considered for the major types of need-based financial assistance funded through the federal and state governments, private organizations and institutional resources.

If you are awarded a SHU scholarship from an endowed scholarship account or from a donor, you will be notified by mail of the type and amount of the scholarship. Typically, you will be required to submit a thank you note and a scholarship agreement form may be required before the scholarship awarding can be completed.