Aid & Affordability
Your Journey, Our Commitment
We meet 100% of every student’s demonstrated financial need. That’s a promise.
At Notre Dame, you will have incredible opportunities. You’ll be encouraged to examine the world and the role you will play in it. We make sure you’re supported on this journey. You will work with faculty who are leading scholars in their fields; you’ll conduct research, see the world by studying abroad or serving communities around the globe, and become an ethical leader prepared to face the future confidently. Your undergraduate experience may last just four years, but the value of your Notre Dame education will last a lifetime.
We’re in this together...
Notre Dame is committed to making a world-class education affordable for our students so you can graduate with a degree and peace of mind. To that end, our admissions process is need-blind, which means a student’s financial situation is not considered in the evaluation of their application.
We invest in you.
Notre Dame is one of fewer than 60 schools in the nation that meet 100% of a family’s financial need, as demonstrated through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile.
- $47,800 The median need-based scholarship awarded to incoming first-year students (2020)
- $155 million Need-based scholarships awarded to undergraduates in the 2019-2020 academic year
“[Financial aid] has brought me less stress in the sense that I didn’t have to worry about a hefty bill at the end of the semester and how I would cover it, and has allowed me to focus on my education...”
We reduce your need to borrow.
We carefully review every family’s need to borrow.
- $21,758 The average federal loan debt of Notre Dame graduates (May 2020)
- $5.35 million Awarded in 2019-2020 by Notre Dame alumni clubs to help reduce need-based borrowing
"Living on one teacher’s salary, my parents can’t afford to help me pay for anything other than books and art supplies, and I don’t have a full-time job or savings, so the scholarships and grants that I receive make it possible for me to attend Notre Dame."
Middle-income families receive financial aid.
We offer financial aid to families of various income levels. Income is only one factor we consider when offering financial aid: we review household size, number of family members in college, assets, and special circumstances.
- 69% of all undergraduates received some type of financial aid in 2019-20
“I found out [about my scholarship] while I was on a spring visit to campus and I immediately called my mom to tell her that she didn’t have to worry about paying for college or me taking out loans. With such joy I said, “‘I’m going to Notre Dame!’”
Understanding the Language of Financial Aid
Need-blind Admission is a policy of making college admission decisions without reviewing the applicant’s financial circumstances. Notre Dame is need-blind for all U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Notre Dame is need-aware for all international students.
Expected Family Contribution (EFC) or Family Share is the estimated amount your family will pay toward the cost of attending college. This amount is determined annually on an individual basis, using information you report on the financial aid applications. The information includes the size of your family, the number of family members attending college, income, assets, and other personal circumstances.
Demonstrated Need is determined by taking the cost of attendance and subtracting the calculated family share.
Meeting Full Demonstrated Need means that Notre Dame will provide financial aid from various sources to cover your demonstrated need. This is important because if your full need is not met by a school, then your family share increases.
Financial Aid is money that schools, and/or federal and state governments, give and/or loan you to help pay for college.