Maria Martellaro flipping through a book at the library

Notre Dame is one of less than 60 schools in the nation that has committed to offering financial assistance that is designed to meet the full demonstrated financial need of each student.

In the 2019-2020 academic year, the University gave $154 million in need-based scholarships to undergraduate students. 68% of all undergraduates received some form of financial aid from the University in 2018-19. Of the freshmen who enrolled in the fall of 2019 who demonstrated financial need, the median amount of University scholarship awarded was approximately $42,600.

Financial need is the difference between the estimated cost of attendance for the school year and the estimated family contribution. Because several factors in this evaluation are subject to change from one year to the next, this evaluation is completed annually for each student who applies for financial aid.

Average Cost of Attendance for 2020-2021
Tuition and Fees $57,699
Room and Meals1 $15,984
Books and Supplies $1,250
Personal Expenses $1,200
Transportation2 $750
Total Cost: $76,883

1Typical residence hall accommodations provide for housing with one or more roommates. The current cost of a single room (no roommate) is approximately $500 more annually.

2Because of its national student body traditionally enrolled at the University, the transportation allowance will generally range currently from a minimum of $500 to about $1,000 with $750 representing the approximate midpoint.

In addition to the direct cost, each student should plan for the cost of books, supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. Annual increases should be anticipated.