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.

2017-2018 Financial Aid Application Procedures

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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 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.  As of March 10, 2017, the IRS released a statement indicating that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool would not be available until October 2017.  This does not limit a family's ability to apply for financial assistance. 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.

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 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.

Noncustodial PROFILE

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 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. 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

Federal verification is a process which requires institutions to verify the accuracy of the information provided on a student’s FAFSA in an effort to ensure federal aid is distributed to those who are eligible. If your FAFSA is selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education, you are required to provide documentation to the school verifying the information you entered on your FAFSA. Reasons for being selected for verification include: your FAFSA contains estimated information or inconsistencies, was incomplete, or was selected at random.

After submitting your FAFSA, you will receive an electronic Student Aid Report (SAR), which will indicate if you have been selected for federal verification. In addition, you will receive notification from the Office of Financial Aid regarding the required documentation that must be submitted in order to satisfy the federal verification requirement.

Further information may be found at