FAQs - Financial Aid

What are my funding options for a Notre Dame education?

Visit our financial aid website for information about the different types of funding available to pay for your Notre Dame education.

What are my payment options for Notre Dame? 

There are a variety of ways to make payments for your Notre Dame education, including monthly payment plans. 

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

Students applying for financial assistance should complete the CSS Profile and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Parents and students should also submit supporting documentation, such as copies of signed federal income tax returns (including schedules), W-2 wage statements, and other documents requested by the Office of Financial Aid, to the College Board’s Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC).

What is the College Board IDOC Service?

The College Board’s IDOC Service allows students to submit one packet of supporting documentation to IDOC rather than sending individual documents to each participating institution to which a student has applied for admission. CSS Profile applicants will receive communication directly from the College Board regarding the submission of supporting documentation. We encourage families to upload all supporting documents to IDOC at one time.

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

First-year applicants applying Restrictive Early Action should complete the CSS Profile and FAFSA by November 15 and submit IDOC information by December 15. First-year applicants applying Regular Decision should complete the CSS Profile and FAFSA by February 15 and submit IDOC information by March 1.

If you did not meet the priority submission date, you can still apply for financial assistance and will receive full consideration for financial aid. Completed financial aid applications received after the priority submission date may delay your receipt of a Financial Aid Notification.

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

Yes. Information and cooperation from both of the student’s natural parents (biological and/or adoptive), regardless of marital status, will be requested as part of the financial aid application process. Both the custodial parent and noncustodial parent should complete a separate CSS Profile for their student. Parent information is maintained separately and securely and is visible only to the colleges the student has authorized to receive it. Neither the student nor the custodial parent has access to the noncustodial parent’s information unless the noncustodial parent shares his or her password.

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 priority submission date for filing the CSS Profile and FAFSA, and who submit their complete IDOC packet to the College Board by December 15. Beginning in late March, Financial Aid Notifications will be sent to first-year students admitted during the Regular Decision process who meet the February 15 priority submission date for filing the CSS Profile and FAFSA, and who submit their complete IDOC packet to the College Board by March 1.

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

If you are in the process of completing your financial aid applications, include information about your family’s circumstances on the CSS Profile. If you have already completed the financial aid application process 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 based upon financial need as demonstrated through the CSS Profile and 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 scholars.nd.edu.

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 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 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 listed on their Financial Aid Notification, their financial assistance may be adjusted by reducing or eliminating the Notre Dame Subsidized Loan, Federal Work-Study, and the 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 endorsed check directly to the Office of Financial Aid with your NDID and make 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 a resource in your financial assistance. Outside scholarship funds are divided equally between the fall and spring terms unless otherwise specified in writing by the scholarship organization.