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What forms and documents do I need to submit to apply for financial aid at Notre Dame?

All students applying for financial assistance are required to complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition, parents and students must submit signed copies of federal income tax returns (including schedules), W-2 wage statements, and other documents as requested by the Office of Financial Aid.

What are the priority submission dates for applying for financial aid at Notre Dame?

Freshmen applicants applying Restrictive Early Action must complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by November 15 and complete IDOC information by December 15. Freshmen applicants applying Regular Decision must complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15 and complete IDOC information by March 1.

Does Notre Dame participate in the College Board IDOC service?

Notre Dame uses the College Board IDOC service for all undergraduate first-time financial aid applicants only. Applicants who complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE will receive an email in early February from the College Board providing instructions on how to submit the required documents to the College Board. The priority deadline for submission of documents to IDOC is March 1 for first-year students.

If my parents are separated or divorced, do they both need to submit financial information?

Yes. Notre Dame’s policy for determining financial need is based upon the principle that both parents have a responsibility to contribute to the cost of education. We therefore need financial information from both the custodial and the noncustodial parent. Upon completion of the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, applicants will receive an email from the College Board that is to be shared with the noncustodial parent. The email will explain the requirement for the noncustodial parent to complete the CSS Noncustodial PROFILE.

When can I expect to hear about my financial aid eligibility?

The Office of Financial Aid begins mailing Financial Aid Notifications in late February to first-year students admitted during the Restrictive Early Action process who meet the November 15 financial aid priority submission date for filing the FAFSA and PROFILE and who submit their IDOC packet to College Board by December 15. Financial Aid Notifications for students who apply during the Regular Decision admission process will be mailed beginning in late March for students who meet the priority submission date for the FAFSA and PROFILE of February 15 and submit the requested information to IDOC by March 1.

What do I do if my family’s circumstances change?

If you have already applied for financial aid and received a Financial Aid Notification, you should complete and submit a Change in Circumstances Form with the required documentation to the Office of Financial Aid.

Does the University of Notre Dame offer academic merit scholarships that are not based upon financial need?

The majority of financial assistance at Notre Dame is administered and given based upon financial need as demonstrated through the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Notre Dame offers a limited number of merit scholarships to admitted first-year students. Recipients demonstrate exceptional accomplishment, leadership, commitment to service, and intellectual promise. Financial need is not a factor unless otherwise noted. More information regarding merit scholarships can be found at

Students selected to participate in the merit scholarship selection process are also eligible to apply for need-based financial assistance. Students who receive both merit scholarship and need-based scholarship from the University are subject to reduction or elimination of need-based federal and institutional financial aid in accordance with federal regulations and institutional policy.

Will an outside scholarship affect my financial aid eligibility?

The receipt of any scholarship, grant, or loan not listed on the original Financial Aid Notification must be reported to the Office of Financial Aid as soon as the student is notified of the award. The receipt of funds not listed on the Financial Aid Notification may result in an adjustment to the student’s financial assistance.

As a guide, if a student receives aid beyond that which is listed on the Financial Aid Notification, their financial assistance may be adjusted by reducing or eliminating the Federal Perkins Loan (if applicable) or the Notre Dame Subsidized Loan, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Direct Subsidized Loan. Depending on the amount of the outside scholarship, it is possible that scholarships from Notre Dame (e.g., University Scholarship, Provost’s Scholarship, etc.) may be reduced or eliminated.

If I receive an outside scholarship check payable to me, what am I supposed to do with the check?

Forward the check directly to the Office of Financial Aid with your NDid, and make it payable to the "University of Notre Dame" for application to your student account. You are required to report any outside scholarships you are or will be receiving as they are considered to be a resource in your financial assistance. Outside scholarship funds are divided equally between the fall and spring terms unless otherwise specified by the scholarship donor.