International Students

Applicants for Admission

University of Notre Dame admission decisions for undergraduate international applicants are need-aware. This means applicants will be evaluated for admission with consideration of the ability of students or parents to pay the educational costs associated with the University of Notre Dame.

International applicants who indicate on their Certification of Finances in the applicant portal that they will not be applying for financial aid and are admitted will not be eligible for need-based financial aid at any time after the admission decision or as an undergraduate at Notre Dame.

Applicants who anticipate the need for financial assistance at any point during their undergraduate course of study at Notre Dame must apply for aid when they apply for admission

Need-Based Financial Aid

Prospective first-year students wishing to be considered for need-based financial assistance must first complete an International Student Certification Of Finances in the applicant portal along with the CSS Profile (available October 1). Both of these requirements are due at the time of application. The University is not able to grant fee waivers for the CSS Profile. Please note we do not accept the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA).

Based upon a review of academic qualifications, financial need, and availability of student aid resources, each applicant may be considered for financial assistance, which may include a self-help component consisting of a student loan and student employment, along with University scholarship assistance. The International Student Certification Of Finances and the CSS Profile will be reviewed along with the student’s application for admission. The financial aid and admissions decisions are done together. 

International students who attend the University during the summer semester need to be prepared to fund the summer semester as there is no available aid for international students during the summer semester.

Samples of Completed International Supporting Documentation 

Because financial aid opportunities for first-year international students are limited, there is no funding to assist international transfer students. International transfer students should be prepared to finance, either privately or through a sponsor, the full cost of their Notre Dame education. The International Student Certification Of Finances must be submitted at the time of application for admission, illustrating and documenting sufficient financial support to meet the projected cost of a Notre Dame undergraduate education.

The International Student Certification Of Finances is kept on file for continuing international students outlining the family's annual responsibility to meet educational expenses as a condition of continued enrollment at the University of Notre Dame and for satisfying the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service's regulations required for maintaining an officially authorized U.S. Student Visa status.

Students should also be prepared to finance their travel expenses from and to their home countries. Students planning to remain at the University through the summer months will incur additional expenses beyond those noted above. Please note that all dormitories close upon completion of the academic year.

2024-25 Estimated Cost of Attendance

Item Cost
Tuition and Fees $63,500
Room and Meals $17,800
Book and Supplies $1,250
Personal Expenses $2,050
Health Insurance $2,900
Total Cost of Attendance $87,500

Four-Year Estimated Cost of Attendance

Year Estimated Cost of Attendance
2024-25 $87,500
2025-26 $89,500
2026-27 $91,500
2027-28 $93,500
Total Cost of Attendance $362,000

Merit Scholarships

Notre Dame offers highly competitive merit scholarships to a limited number of international students accepted for admission as a first-time incoming freshman, who demonstrate exceptional accomplishment, leadership, commitment to service, and intellectual promise. Ranging from $5,000 per year to the full cost of attendance, these scholarships are typically renewable for four years and recipients may be invited to participate in leadership development and enrichment opportunities as an additional benefit of their award.

While selections for all merit-based scholarships are made as part of the admission process and no separate application is required for consideration, the University may request additional information (e.g. resume, phone interview, essay, etc.) prior to selection. Recipients of these awards are notified of their selection in early April. Please contact your international Admissions Counselor at for more information. 

Additional Sources of Financial Aid

The following organizations and agencies may be helpful resources in locating financial aid. Students are invited to make inquiries.

African-American Institute (AAI)

833 United Nations Plaza
New York, New York 10017-3581


1320 – 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036-1679

Institute for International Education (IIE)

833 United Nations Plaza
New York, New York 10017-3581

Service (AMIDEAST)

Suite 100
1717 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W
Washington, D.C. 20036-4601
(AMIDEAST has several field offices in various countries in the Middle East.)

The American-Scandinavian Foundation

127 East 73rd Street
New York, New York 10021-3502

Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities (LASPAU)

25 Mt. Auburn Street – Room 302
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138-6095
(This service is usually limited to graduate students.)


Students may also wish to investigate the eduPASS! website. This is a website addressing various issues, including financial aid, that affect international students studying in the United States.