Planning

Maria Martellaro flipping through a book at the library

Notre Dame is one of only 66 universities in the nation that has committed to offering financial assistance that is designed to meet the full demonstrated financial need of each student.

In the 2015-2016 academic year, the University gave over $125 million in need-based scholarships to undergraduate students. Over 48% of all undergraduates receive some form of scholarship assistance from the University. Of the freshmen who enrolled in the fall of 2015 who demonstrated financial need, the average amount of University scholarship awarded was approximately $37,300.

Financial need is the difference between the estimated cost of attendance for the school year and the estimated family contribution. Because several factors in this evaluation are subject to change from one year to the next, this evaluation is made annually for each student who applies for financial aid.

Average Cost of Attendance for 2017-2018
Tuition and Fees $51,505
Room and Meals1 $14,890
Books and Supplies $1,050
Personal Expenses $1,200
Transportation2 $750
Total Cost: $69,395

1Typical residence hall accommodations provide for housing with one or more roommates. The current cost of a single room (no roommate) is approximately $500 more annually.

2Because of its national student body traditionally enrolled at the University, the transportation allowance will generally range currently from a minimum of $500 to about $1,000 with $750 representing the approximate midpoint.

In addition to the direct cost, each student should plan for the cost of books, supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. Annual increases should be anticipated.