Application Process & Deadlines

Online Students

2016-17 SHU Online Financial Aid Checklist (For Fall 2016, Spring 2017 & Summer 2017)

Changes to FAFSA for 2017 - 2018

Starting with the 2017-18 financial aid application cycle, the following changes to the FAFSA application process will take effect:

  • Students (and Parents, as appropriate) will be able to submit a FAFSA earlier. Students will be able to file a 2017-18 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change.
  • Students (and Parents, as appropriate) will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017-18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.

The application deadline for returning undergraduate students will continue to be March 15, 2017 regardless of the early availability of the FAFSA (October 1st). However, we do encourage students and parents to complete the application process early if possible! 

The Department of Education has made these changes in hopes of making it easier to import your 2015 information for which your taxes should already be complete.

It is important to remember that the 2016-17 and 2017-18 FAFSAs will use the same income and tax information. To avoid conflicting information, we strongly encourage families to use the Data Retrieval Tool on BOTH FAFSAs. Prior to completing the 2017-18 FAFSA, we strongly encourage you to access the 2016-17 FAFSA and confirm if you have successfully used the DRT. To learn more about how to use the data retrieval tool, visit here

Complete the FAFSA
  • School Code 001403 FAFSA Icon
  • Application available October 1
  • Click the FAFSA icon to complete the application online


Complete the SHU Online Confidential Information Form

The FAFSA and SHU Online Confidential Information Form should be submitted at least six weeks prior to the beginning of your first enrollment period. Please note that additional documentation may be required. 

Check your Awards Package

 Your SHUAwards Account:

Once you are accepted into Sacred Heart University, you will receive a congratulatory email from the Office of Student Financial Assistance which will advise you to visit SHUAwards and click on First Time User in the LOG IN box. To activate your account, enter your 7-digit Student ID number found at the top of the email and follow the prompts to create your PIN. 
Accepted students can do the following via SHUAwards:SHU Awards Icon
  • view their financial assistance awards by semester
  • accept, reduce, or decline their award(s)
  • confirm the status of financial assistance documents (received, incomplete, etc.) 
  • review the financial assistance messaging relating to their award(s) 
  • view their loan history from the National Student Loan Database (NSLDS)

Financial Aid Eligibility

In order to be considered for federal financial aid, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Be admitted and matriculated in a degree program
  • Be in attendance on at least a half-time basis in each enrollment period
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident (eligible non-citizen) and have documented proof of your status
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan and not owe a refund on a federal student grant
  • Be maintaining SAP as defined by the SHU Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy