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Financial Aid Application Checklist

Please note that while current students can submit their financial aid applications beginning in October, due to the high volume of financial aid applications for first-year students, our office will continue to release Financial Aid Notifications for upperclassmen starting in May.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - Priority Submission Date 4/25/2018

The FAFSA collects information about the financial circumstances of your family to determine eligibility for federal aid programs. When you complete the FAFSA, you’ll automatically be considered for Federal Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, applicable state grants, Federal Work-Study eligibility, and Federal Perkins and Direct Loans. You can access the FAFSA online at https://fafsa.ed.gov. There is no fee for processing the FAFSA. The Federal Title IV Code for the University of Notre Dame is 001840.

If eligible, students are strongly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool option when completing the FAFSA. Choosing this option will streamline completion of federal verification requirements and expedite the review of your financial aid application. More information regarding this process can be found here.

Note: To be eligible for federal student aid a student must be a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States with a valid social security number. In general, students must be degree seeking and be enrolled on at least a half-time basis. Additionally, students may not owe a refund on a federal student grant, nor be in default on a federal student loan.

CSS Profile - Priority Submission Date 4/25/2018

The CSS Profile collects additional information about you and your family’s financial circumstances to help the University offer institutionally based funding in the form of need-based scholarships. Some of the questions on the CSS Profile are also included on the FAFSA, but the extra information provided on the CSS Profile helps us to more fully understand your family circumstances. The CSS Profile is available online at https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org. The CSS School Code for the University of Notre Dame is 1841. The College Board provides an automated fee waiver process that allows low-income students who meet specific criteria to submit their application without payment. Additional information regarding CSS Profile fee waiver eligibility may be found at CSS Profile Fee Waiver Information.

Note: Undocumented students will receive consideration for need-based financial assistance from the University of Notre Dame, based on evaluation of their CSS Profile in accordance with our institutional policies.

Using the Data Retrieval Tool

The Data Retrieval Tool through the IRS will be available on October 1, 2017. If eligible, current undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) option when completing the FAFSA. Choosing this option will streamline completion of federal verification requirements and expedite the review of your financial aid application. Please view our IRS Data Retrieval Tool page for more information.

The University of Notre Dame does not participate in the College Board’s Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC) for current continuing/returning undergraduate students. The Office of Financial Aid will email students directly regarding the submission of additional supporting documentation only if needed, which may include the following:

  • Parent and student signed 2016 Federal Tax Returns
  • Parent and student 2016 W-2 Forms
  • Verification Worksheet
  • Other Documents as requested (e.g. business tax returns)

Current undergraduate financial aid applicants can submit requested documentation directly to the Office of Financial Aid by email to faforms@nd.edu, fax to 574-631-6899, or mail to 115 Main Building, Notre Dame, IN 46556. 

Federal Verification Requirements

Federal verification is a process which requires institutions to verify the accuracy of the information provided on a student’s FAFSA in an effort to ensure federal aid is distributed to those who are eligible. If your FAFSA is selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education, you are required to provide documentation to the school verifying the information you entered on your FAFSA. Reasons for being selected for verification include: your FAFSA contains estimated information or inconsistencies, was incomplete, or was selected at random.

After submitting your FAFSA, you will receive an electronic Student Aid Report (SAR), which will indicate if you have been selected for federal verification. In addition, you will receive notification from the Office of Financial Aid regarding the required documentation that must be submitted in order to satisfy the federal verification requirement.

Further information may be found at http://financialaid.nd.edu/federal_verification.