Request for Re-Evaluation

Sacred Heart University's objective is to offer students the best financial assistance award possible considering its policies, federal and state financial aid funding, and the availability of institutional financial aid resources. However, in certain situations, students may appeal for a re-evaluation of their eligibility for financial assistance. Please follow all of the instructions provided to ensure a complete review by the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Please review your eligibility to submit a Special Conditions Appeal based on the conditions below:

  • Divorce or separation 
  • Loss of income due to involuntary loss of employment
  • Major repairs after a natural disaster
  • Death of a parent or spouse
  • High medical costs not covered by insurance

Federal regulations and institutional policies require that special conditions or circumstances fall within certain parameters and that they are accompanied with quality supporting documentation. Please note that high mortgage costs, credit card/consumer debt, and other discretionary expenses will not be considered in our re-evaluation of financial aid eligibility. 

Sacred Heart University does not negotiate financial aid offers and subsequently will not address appeals based on a disagreement with any of our financial aid policies. However, the University is willing to compare aid packages from other comparable institutions for incoming students. To request a re-evaluation of your financial aid package as an incoming student, please submit the Request for Review - Merit Appeal form listed below. 

Filing the Appeal

  • Step 1

    Download the 2018-2019 Incoming Student Merit Appeal Form if the reason for your appeal is to compare financial aid packages you received from comparable institutions OR download the Special Conditions Appeal Form if the reason for your appeal meets the aforementioned criteria for special conditions. 

  • Step 2

    Submit the appropriate appeal form and all required documentation to the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

    RETURNING UPPERCLASSMEN: Please be advised you will need to submit the CSS Profile when requesting a re-evaluation for additional institutional aid. 

  • Step 3

    All submitted documentation becomes the property of the Office of Student Financial Assistance and will not be returned. Photocopies are accepted, but you may be asked to provide original documentation at a later time.

Awaiting the Decision

We ask that you please be patient while awaiting the outcome of your appeal as it is our goal to conduct a thorough review of each appeal that is submitted for consideration. Once a decision has been made you will be notified via email and SHUAwards. Please note that no changes will be made to the financial aid package until all applicable documents are received and verification of the original application has been completed. 

Submission of a request for re-evaluation neither guarantees an adjustment to a student's award, nor prevents the accrual of late fees on any unpaid student account balance. You are responsible for payment of your Sacred Heart University bill while the appeal is pending. Please proceed with loan applications in the interim; we can always reduce the amount of the loan you are borrowing if your appeal is approved. 

Please note that all financial aid awards are, by nature, personal and highly confidential. It is not only inappropriate, but against Sacred Heart University policies to discuss or disclose your financial aid award with others or through the use of social media. By filing an appeal, and signing the certification on either form, you are hereby agreeing to these guidelines.