Financial Aid Application Process for Incoming Freshmen - U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
A student should not wait for an admission decision before completing the financial aid application process. Notre Dame is one of only 66 colleges nationally that is committed to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of our undergraduate students for all four years.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
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. More information about the steps to complete the Data Retrieval Tool can be found at the IRS Data Retrieval Tool page.
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/Financial Aid PROFILE
The 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 PROFILE are also included on the FAFSA, but the extra information provided on the PROFILE helps us to more fully understand your family circumstances. The PROFILE is available online at http://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile. The 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 PROFILE fee waiver eligibility may be found at CSS/Financial Aid 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/Financial Aid PROFILE in accordance with our institutional policies.
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/Financial Aid 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further guidance.
Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC)
The University of Notre Dame participates in the College Board’s Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC) which allows students to submit one packet of supporting documentation to IDOC rather than mailing individual documents to each participating institution to which a student has applied for admission.
We encourage you to gather ALL required supporting documentation and submit together in ONE submission. Processing of your IDOC information can take up to 5 business days (from date of upload or receipt).
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE applicants will receive communication directly from IDOC regarding the submission of supporting documentation, which may include the following:
- Parent and student signed 2015 Federal Tax Returns
- Parent 2015 W-2 Form(s)
- Verification Worksheet
- Other Documents as requested (e.g. business tax returns)
Federal Verification Requirements
The federal government may select your family’s FAFSA for federal Verification. 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 Verification, 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.