Financial Aid Application
Applying for financial aid is an annual process. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) serves as the official application for all sources of federal aid for graduate/professional students. The University of Notre Dame's FAFSA code is 001840.
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.
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. As of March 10, 2017, the IRS released a statement indicating that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool would not be available until October 2017. Our office encourages you to use your 2015 tax return to complete the 2017/2018 FAFSA. If there is a need for families to go back in and complete the DRT, our office will notify you. More information can be found on the IRS website.
- A student should not wait for an admission decision before completing the financial aid application process
- For students completing their FAFSA by February 28th, notifications are emailed late March/early April
- As an independent student, you are not required to provide parental information
- Please do not send a Verification Worksheet, tax return, etc. unless the information is requested
- Students enrolling in programs beginning summer 2017 should complete the 2017/2018 FAFSA
- Students will typically receive the annual borrowing limit for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Program, $20,500 (however, may not exceed the program cost of attendance)
Financial aid opportunities for international students are limited. In general, international students should be prepared to finance, either privately or through a sponsor, the cost of their Notre Dame education.
Students may wish to investigate the eduPASS! website. This is a website addressing various issues, including financial aid, that impact international students studying in the United States.
Notification of Financial Aid
For students who apply for financial assistance, the Office of Financial Aid will provide a Financial Aid Notification outlining the eligibility for financial assistance. Official notification of academic fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships is sent by the student’s academic department. Students are asked to notify the Office of Financial Aid of the receipt of any financial assistance beyond that outlined in the Financial Aid Notification.