Frequently Asked Questions

Questions:

Applying for Financial Aid

What forms and documents do I need to submit to apply for financial aid at Notre Dame?
What are the priority submission dates for applying for financial aid at Notre Dame?
Does Notre Dame participate in the College Board IDOC service?
Do I need to reapply for financial aid each year?
How can I complete the Data Retrieval Tool or request a tax return transcript?
If my parents are separated or divorced, do they both need to submit financial information?
What is federal verification? What does it mean for my application?

► Eligibility

What percent of Notre Dame students receive financial assistance?
When can I expect to hear about my financial aid eligibility?
Will I receive the same financial assistance for all four years?
Is there a limit on the number of semesters or years that University Scholarship is available?
What do I do if my family’s circumstances change?
Can my academic performance affect my financial aid eligibility?
If I drop to part-time enrollment status, will that affect my financial assistance?
Is financial assistance available for study abroad?
If I become a Resident Assistant (RA), how will that affect my financial assistance?
Does living off campus affect my financial assistance?

► Scholarships and Grants

Does the University of Notre Dame offer academic merit-scholarships that are not based upon financial need?
Will an outside scholarship affect my financial aid eligibility?
If I receive an outside scholarship check payable to me, what am I supposed to do with the check?

► Summer Session Financial Assistance

Is financial assistance available for summer session?
How do I apply for financial assistance for summer session?

► General Questions

Where does the Office of Financial Aid send student communications?
What communication will parents receive from the Office of Financial aid?
What percent of Notre Dame students work?

Answers:

► Applying for Financial Aid

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

All students applying for financial assistance are required to complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition, parents and students must submit signed copies of federal income tax returns (including schedules), W-2 wage statements, and other documents as requested by the Office of Financial Aid.

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

Freshmen applicants applying restrictive early action must complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by November 15 and complete IDOC information by December 15.  Freshmen applicants applying regular action must complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15 and complete IDOC information by March 1.

Returning students must complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 25.

Transfer/Readmitted applicants must complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 31 (for enrollment in the fall) or by November 15 (for enrollment in the spring).

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Does Notre Dame participate in the College Board IDOC service?

Notre Dame uses the College Board IDOC service for all undergraduate first-time financial aid applicants only. Applicants who complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE will receive an e-mail in early February from the College Board providing instructions on how to submit the required documents to the College Board. The priority deadline for submission of documents to IDOC is March 1 for freshmen and April 30 for incoming transfer students.

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Do I need to reapply for financial assistance each year?

Yes. All returning students must reapply for financial assistance each year by submitting the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and the Renewal FAFSA by April 25.

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How can I complete the Data Retrieval Tool or request a tax return transcript?

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) transfers your IRS tax information directly into your FAFSA.  You can transfer your tax information while you are completing the FAFSA or go back after submitting the FAFSA to include your tax information.

To transfer your tax data into the FAFSA, log in usin

  • Log in to the FAFSA using your FSA ID
  • On the "Parent Financial Information" page, answer the questions in the first box to see if you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
  • If eligible, select which parent is providing the information on the FAFSA
  • Enter the FSA ID for the parent providing the information
  • Click "Link to IRS"
  • Review the information displayed and select the "Transfer My Information into the FAFSA" option 
  • Next, go to the "Student Financial Information" page and answer the questions to see if the student is eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
  • If eligibile, click "Link to IRS"
  • Review the information displayed and select the "Transfer My Information into the FAFSA" option
  • If finished, proceed to the Sign and Submit page

NOTE: Data that has been transferred from the IRS will be designated to the right of the question.  Please do not make any adjustments to these fields.  More information regarding this process can be found at http://financialaid.nd.edu/prospective-students/applying/irs-data-retrieval-tool/.

If you are unable to use the Data Retrieval Tool, you can request a tax return transcript online or by mail at https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript.  You can then email the document to our office, including your student's name and date of birth, to our office at faforms@nd.edu.

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

Yes. Notre Dame’s policy for determining financial need is based upon the principle that both parents have a responsibility to contribute to the cost of education. We therefore need financial information from both the custodial and the noncustodial parent. Upon completion of the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, applicants will receive an email from the College Board that is to be shared with the noncustodial parent. The email will explain the requirement for the noncustodial parent to complete the CSS Noncustodial PROFILE.

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What is federal verification? What does it mean for my application?

The federal government may select your family’s FAFSA for federal ​V​erification. This process ​is based on criteria established by the Department of Education​ and requires our office to collect specific information.​

If your application is selected for federal V​erification​, ​our office​ will email a list of required documents to the student. ​Our office is not able to complete a financial aid decision until all of the documentation has been received.

If a Financial Aid Notification ​was sent ​prior to your FAFSA being selected for ​verification​,​ ​your family would still need to complete the necessary steps. Our office will not be ​able to disburse any ​federal financial ​aid until the verification requirements are met.

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► Eligibility

What percent of Notre Dame students receive financial assistance?

Over 48 percent of all undergraduates receive some form of scholarship assistance from the University (excludes athletic aid and educational benefit programs). Approximately 75 percent of all undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance.

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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 freshmen admitted during the restrictive early action process who meet the November 15 financial aid priority submission date for filing the FAFSA and PROFILE and who submit their IDOC packet to College Board by December 15.  Financial Aid Notifications for students who apply during the regular action admission process will start being mailed in late March for students who meet the priority submission date for the FAFSA and PROFILE of February 15 and submit the requested information to IDOC by March 1. 

The Office of Financial Aid begins mailing Financial Aid Notifications in early June to admitted transfer/readmitted students (for enrollment in the fall) who meet the March 31 priority submission date for filing the FAFSA and PROFILE and who submit their IDOC packet to College Board by April 30.

The Office of Financial Aid begins mailing Financial Aid Notifications in mid-December to admitted transfer/readmitted students (for enrollment in the spring) who meet the November 15 priority submission date for filing the FAFSA and PROFILE and who submit their IDOC packet to College Board by November 30.

The Office of Financial Aid begins emailing Financial Aid Notifications in early May to returning students who meet the April 25 priority submission date for filing the FAFSA and PROFILE. Our office will continue to send Financial Aid Notifications to students throughout the summer. Returning students may view the status of their financial aid application and their financial assistance through insideND.

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Will I receive the same financial assistance for all four years?

The total dollar amount of financial assistance is based on demonstrated financial need. Changes in family circumstances, such as an increase or decrease in parents’ or student’s income, assets, family size, number of family members attending college, may affect eligibility for financial aid. If the family’s circumstances do not change significantly over the four years, the financial assistance should be comparable each year.

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Is there a limit on the number of semesters or years that University Scholarship is available?

Based on the students’ admitted class level, University Scholarship consideration is given for a maximum of eight semesters (ten semesters for Architecture Program and Combination Five-Year Engineering Program with the College of Arts and Letters). Students electing to remain at Notre Dame to pursue a second major, second degree, or dual-degree program are not eligible for University Scholarships.

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

If you have already applied for financial aid 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.

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Can my academic performance affect my financial aid eligibility?

University policy and federal regulations require students to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average, be on pace to graduate, and complete their degree within a maximum time frame in order to remain eligible for financial aid. Detailed information on Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements may be found on our website at https://financialaid.nd.edu/satisfactory-academic-progress.

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If I drop to part-time enrollment status, will that affect my financial assistance?

In general, the financial assistance will be reduced for students who enroll less than full-time. If the student is considering part-time enrollment, we suggest they meet with a financial aid counselor to discuss the changes that would be specific to their situation.

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Is financial assistance available for study abroad?

Yes. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for study abroad found on our website at http://financialaid.nd.edu/current-students/planning/international-study/.

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If I become a Resident Assistant (RA), how will that affect my financial assistance?

The room and meals scholarship that Resident Assistants (RAs) receive must be considered as a resource in their financial assistance. The following information is provided to help you understand how the scholarship may affect your financial aid eligibility:

  • University-based scholarship typically will not be affected; however, the total value of the student’s scholarship and other financial aid cannot exceed the student’s cost of education
  • The room and meals scholarship that RAs receive (worth $15,358 in 2016/2017) could affect federal student loan eligibility
  • Due to the demands of the position, RAs are typically precluded from other outside employment, participation in varsity athletics, or elected student government positions. Any exceptions to these restrictions must be approved by the Associate Vice President for Residence Life and the Rector of the hall.

If the student has specific questions about their eligibility, they should schedule an appointment with a financial aid counselor.

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Does living off-campus affect my financial assistance?

No. A standard room and meals allowance is used to determine undergraduate students' cost of attendance whether they live on or off-campus. The allowance for the 2016/2017 school year is $14,358.

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► Scholarships and Grants

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 and given based upon financial need as demonstrated through the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Notre Dame offers a limited number of merit scholarships to admitted first-year students.  Receipients 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 on the merit scholarship page at http://meritscholarships.nd.edu/.

Students selected to participate in the merit scholarship selection process are also eligible to apply for need-based financial assistance. who receive both merit scholarship 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.

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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 not 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 which is listed on the Financial Aid Notification, their financial assistance may be adjusted by reducing or eliminating the Federal Perkins Loan (if applicable) or the Notre Dame Subsdized Loan, Federal Work-Study, and 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.

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If I receive an outside scholarship check payable to me, what am I supposed to do with the check?

Forward the check directly to the Office of Financial Aid with your NDid, and make it 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 considered to be a resource in your financial assistance. Outside scholarship funds are divided equally between the fall and spring terms, unless otherwise specified by the scholarship donor.

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► Summer Session Financial Assistance

Is financial assistance available for summer session?

The University’s Summer Session financial assistance program is extremely limited. The Federal loans (Direct Loans and Direct PLUS Loans) and private educational loans are available for summer enrollment.

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How do I apply for financial assistance for summer school?

Students interested in receiving consideration for financial assistance for the summer session must complete the Summer Session Financial Aid Application, which is generally available on the Office of Financial Aid website in late-February. Applicants must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE applicable to the term of enrollment.

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► General Questions

Where does the Office of Financial Aid send student communications?

In most cases, email communication is used for current Notre Dame students and is sent to the students’ Notre Dame email address. Email communication for prospective and newly admitted students is sent to the email address provided on the admission application.

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What communication will parents receive from the Office of Financial Aid?

The Office of Financial Aid sends all correspondence to the student. The student is responsible for sharing the information with their parents.

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What percent of Notre Dame students work?

Over 40 percent of our students work on campus. While students may choose to work off-campus, the majority choose to work on campus.  If you want to learn more about earned assistance on our website at https://financialaid.nd.edu/current-students/funding/earned-assistance/.

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