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 $7,000 to $17,500. Programs include:
    • President's Excellence Award
    • Trustee Scholarship
    • College Scholarship
    • Conley Award
  • Transfer students may be eligible for Merit scholarships based on academic achievements at their previous post-secondary institutions. Programs include:
    • Phi Theta Kappa
    • Transfer Achievement Award
    • 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 Intercollegiate Athletics, Community Service, Christian Leadership, Pioneer Bands, University Choir, Theatre Arts, University Dance, Student Leadership, Undergraduate Research Assistants, Classroom Learning Assistants, Resident Assistants and others. Award amounts vary and 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. We also require the completion of the FAFSA form so that students may be awarded their federal/state grant and loan eligibility. 

Endowed Scholarships

Sacred Heart University awards Endowed Scholarships to full-time undergraduate upperclassmen (sophomore, juniors and seniors) who complete the Endowed Scholarship Application. Students who qualify will be identified and emailed by the Office of Student Financial Assistance and invited to apply. Scholarship committees will meet and award scholarships throughout the academic year. Students will be notified as they are awarded a scholarship. In some instances, Sacred Heart University, is contractually obligated to share information about each student recipient. As a scholarship recipient, you may be asked, by the Office of University Advancement, to provide a bio and/or photo to be shared with the contact of the specific scholarship you have been awarded.

Full-Time to Part-Time student eligibility for University Scholarships & Grants