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Finances

Finances

The information below will help you learn more about the cost of your program, how you can apply financial aid, and how to find scholarships for your education abroad program.  As mentioned in the Program Types section, each program type has its own rules for how to pay and what kind of financial aid you can use.  Please be sure to review this information carefully.

You will find the cost of your program listed on the individual program pages, located under the "Budget Sheet" link.  It is important for you to know what is included in the cost of your program. Depending on your program, costs may include tuition, program fees, confirmation fee, a study abroad fee, and a registration fee.


There may be additional fees for your program that are not billed directly by Sacred Heart University. Additional fees may include special programs offered at the host school, extra fees for science/fine arts courses at certain host institutions, or housing fees if your program fees do not include room and board. In some cases, you may be responsible for paying these fees directly to your Host University before or at the end of the program.  If you have any questions about additional fees, please contact us.

Scholarships:  In an effort to encourage you to study abroad, and to make a study abroad experience more affordable, the Office of Global Affairs prepared a list of scholarships and financial resources.  Please note that this is not a conclusive list but it will help you start your search process.  The OGA encourages you to apply and take advantage of as many relevant scholarship opportunities as possible.

Additionally, please keep in mind the following:

  • In some instances, you may have already departed for your program prior to the issuance of the billing for your term abroad. You are responsible for ensuring that your billing is accurate and paid on time. This also means that any financial aid refund you may receive would not be made available until the start of the term at SHU. Please plan accordingly to ensure that you will have adequate funding. 
  • Visiting Students: If you receive a financial aid package from your home institution, please check with your Study Abroad/Financial Aid Office to find out if this may be used for the SHU program.  Upon request, we are happy to provide your institution with the necessary documentation to support this.  Please note that Sacred Heart University will not process financial aid for visiting students.

For more information regarding the financial aspects of studying abroad select your program type:

Affiliated Semester Programs • Affiliated Short-Term Programs • CCIS Programs  • Non-Affiliated Programs

SHU and SHU-Affiliated Semeseter Programs

You will pay the cost of your program directly to Sacred Heart University. A confirmation fee is due two weeks after your acceptance into a SHU study abroad program. You will pay the remainder of your program costs directly to SHU Student Accounts. Please bear in mind that the OGA billing and refund cycles are based on the term payment dates set forth by Sacred Heart University. The SHU payment schedule is available on the Student Accounts web page.
  • You are treated the same as if the student were on campus in Fairfield in regards to billing and financial aid
  • All SHU financial aid and academic scholarships/grants (if you qualify) will apply. Contact Financial Assistance for more information
  • You will be invoiced from Student Accounts and will pay in the same manner as you normally would during a term

Billing and Payment

View Your Term Bill

Your program’s term bill is issued through SHU Student Accounts.  You will be notified via e-mail that your bill is ready for viewing. The term bill web page requires that you log in using your SHU username and password to gain access to your term bill.  If you are not a SHU student, you will be issued a SHU username and password in order to view and pay your bill. You may either contact the OGA, or log into your OGA study abroad account to obtain information on how to set up your SHU username and password.  More information about paying your term bill is located on the FAQs page of the Student Accounts web page.

Access the term bill website

Billing Due Date

The due date of your final payment is the same as it would be the same due date as a due date for on-campus courses.  The full-time undergraduate student payment schedule is located here.  The full-time graduate and part-time student payment schedule is located here.

Payment Plans

Please refer to the Student Accounts web page regarding payment plan options.  Payment plans are not available for short-term programs.

Tuition Remission

Tuition Exchange awards may not be used for study abroad programs.  Questions related to tuition benefits may be directed to Julia Nofri at 203-365-4837.

 
SHU and SHU-Affiliated Short-Term Programs

You will pay the cost of your program directly to Sacred Heart University. A confirmation fee is due two weeks after your acceptance into a SHU study abroad program. You will pay the remainder of your program costs directly to SHU Student Accounts. Please bear in mind that the OGA billing and refund cycles are based on the term payment dates set forth by Sacred Heart University. The SHU payment schedule is available on the Student Accounts web page.
  • You are treated the same as if the student were on campus in Fairfield in regards to billing and financial aid;
  • Sacred Heart University scholarships and grants will not apply. You are welcome to contact Financial Assistance regarding loan opportunities;
  • You will be invoiced from Student Accounts and will pay in the same manner as you normally would during a term;

Billing and Payment

View Your Term Bill

Your program’s term bill is issued through SHU Student Accounts.  You will be notified via e-mail that your bill is ready for viewing. The term bill web page requires that you log in using your SHU username and password to gain access to your term bill.  If you are not a SHU student, you will be issued a SHU username and password in order to view and pay your bill. You may either contact the OGA, or log into your OGA study abroad account to obtain information on how to set up your SHU username and password.  More information about paying your term bill is located on the FAQs page of the Student Accounts web page.

Access the term bill website

Billing Due Date

The due date of your final payment is the same as it would be the same due date as a due date for on-campus courses.  The full-time undergraduate student payment schedule is located here.  The full-time graduate and part-time student payment schedule is located here.

Payment Plans

Please refer to the Student Accounts web page regarding payment plan options.  Payment plans are not available for short-term programs.

Tuition Remission

Tuition Exchange awards may not be used for study abroad programs.  Questions related to tuition benefits may be directed to Julia Nofri at 203-365-4837.

 
CCIS Programs
  • Sacred Heart University Scholarships and Grants will not apply and State Scholarships and Grants will not apply. Only Federal Financial Aid (if you qualify) may be applied to CCIS programs. Contact Financial Assistance for more information;
  • Sacred Heart University will be invoiced the program fees set by the host program. Student Accounts will then bill you this amount; 
  • Please visit the program specific page for cost and budget information.
 
Non SHU-Affiliated Study Abroad Programs
  • Sacred Heart University will not process financial aid and SHU scholarships will not apply with non-SHU Affiliated programs;
  • You are responsible for making payment arrangements with the host institution directly;