Private Scholarships

Many private organizations provide financial assistance to Notre Dame students. Scholarship information may be obtained by contacting civic, professional, religious and other community organizations. The College Board's Scholarship Search and FinAid! website provide scholarship search information and BestColleges.com provides a significant scholarship database. Caution is advised with respect to the use of fee-based scholarship search enterprises. 

Since Notre Dame meets the demonstrated financial need of the student, the receipt of funds not listed in the Financial Aid Notification will likely result in an adjustment to their financial assistance. If appropriate, a revised Financial Aid Notification will be sent to the student noting receipt of the additional assistance and the adjustment to the student's financial aid.The receipt of any scholarship or grant not listed in the original Financial Aid Notification must be reported to the Office of Financial Aid as soon as the student is notified of the award. When reporting an award to the Office of Financial Aid, indicate the name and the amount of the award and whether the award is renewable in future years. Reporting may be done by email to finaid@nd.edu, by phone at 574-631-6436, or by mail.

As a guide, if a student receives aid beyond that which is listed in the Financial Aid Notification, the financial aid may be adjusted by reducing or eliminating:

  • Notre Dame Subsidized Loan (if applicable)
  • Federal Work-Study
  • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
  • University Scholarship (includes University scholarship, Provost's Scholarship, and SEO Grant)

 

Example:
Initial Financial Assistance Revised Financial Assistance
    $5,000 Private Scholarship
$3,500 Direct Loan 3,500 Direct Loan
4,000 Notre Dame Subsidized Loan 0 Notre Dame Subsidized Loan
2,700 Work-Study 1,700 Work-Study
10,000 University Scholarship 10,000 University Scholarship
$20,200 Total $20,200 Total

Financial assistance is divided evenly and credited to the student's University account equally between the fall and spring semesters, unless otherwise noted in writing by the organization.

If the student receives a check directly from a private organization, the check should be endorsed and submitted to the Office of Financial Aid for processing.

If an organization requires an official academic transcript or verification of enrollment, please submit a request online to the Office of the Registrar.