Divorced/Separated Parents

Because each family’s financial circumstances are unique, it is the intent of the University’s Office of Financial Aid to carefully review student aid applications individually when determining University assistance. In the case of a divorce or separation, we look to all potential sources of support to determine the ability of the family to contribute toward educational expenses. This philosophy may differ from government expectations, as well as the ruling of a court.

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 at Notre Dame.

Upon completion of the CSS Profile, a student whose parents are separated, divorced, or never married (living separately) will receive an email from the College Board that is to be shared by the student with the noncustodial parent. The email will explain the requirement for the noncustodial parent to complete the Noncustodial Profile application.

The noncustodial parent's information is kept secure, and is shared only with the colleges authorized by the student to receive it. Neither the student nor the custodial parent has access to the noncustodial parent's information unless the noncustodial parent chooses to share his or her password.

In order for a student to receive maximum financial aid consideration, we ask that the student make every attempt to secure this information. In cases where the Noncustodial Profile cannot be completed by the noncustodial parent, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@nd.edu for further guidance.