Withdrawal & Refund Policy

Withdrawal/Refund Policy

  • Refunds are based on full tuition charges.
  • Failure to withdraw properly will result in the issuance of a Withdrawal/Failure grade and responsibility for payment in full.
  • If a student withdraws prior to the start of the semester, all fees will be refunded, except the registration fee. Once a semester begins, there are no refunds of fees, this includes registration fees, lab fees & music lab fees.
  • Refunds will not be given to students who have an outstanding balance.
  • Refunds are based on the schedule below and determined by the date of notification to the Registrar's Office/Advisement Office, not the date of last class attended. 
  • Students are required to request refunds - please contact Student Accounts Office at 203-371-7925 or submit your request in writing to the Student Accounts office SC100
  • Withdrawing from courses or failing to attend courses will impact your financial aid.  For details please visit SHU’s Financial Assistance Withdrawal policy.

Tuition Insurance

Sacred Heart University has partnered with Liberty Mutual Insurance to offer tuition insurance.  The insurance plan supplements the Sacred Heart University refund policy, and provides up to 100% coverage throughout the entire term. If you withdraw from classes due to illness, injury, mental health issues, unforeseen loss of life or any other eligible reason, the plan will ensure that you receive 100% reimbursement for your insured tuition, room and board, and mandatory fees.  Review webpage for enrollment details

Withdrawal/Refund Schedules 

Sacred Heart University Online Program

  • 100% Before start of first week
  • 80% the 1st week of Classes
  • 0% after the 1st week of Classes

Fall and Spring Semesters 

  • 100% Before start of first week
  • 80%  Before start of 2nd week
  • 60% Before start of 3rd week
  • 40% Before start of 4th week
  • 20% Before start of 5th week
  • 0% After 5th week

Summer Undergraduate Classes

  • 100% Before start of 1st week
  • 75% Before start of 2nd week
  • 50% Before start of 3rd week
  • 25% Before start of 4th week
  • 0% Before start of 5th week

Summer Graduate Classes

  • 100% Before start of 1st week
  • 0% after the first week of classes

Intensive terms (for all students) - including Winter, Spring & Summer

  • 100% Before start of 1st week
  • 0% Once class begins

University will not release grades, transcripts, education verifications, diplomas or allow a student to register for subsequent terms with a delinquent balance.

The University reserves the right to request all delinquent payments be made in the form of a bank check, certified check or money order.