Financial Aid Application Process

Applying for financial aid is an annual process. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) serves as the official application for all sources of federal aid for graduate/professional students. The University of Notre Dame's FAFSA code is 001840

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.

If eligible, students are strongly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool option when completing the FAFSA. Choosing this option will streamline completion of federal verification requirements and expedite the review of your financial aid application. More information regarding this process can be found here.

  • A student should not wait for an admission decision before completing the financial aid application process
  • For students completing their FAFSA by February 28th, notifications are emailed late March/early April
  • As an independent student, you are not required to provide parental information
  • Please do not send a Verification Worksheet, tax return, etc. unless the information is requested
  • Students enrolling in programs beginning summer 2020 should complete the 2020/2021 FAFSA
  • Students will typically receive the annual borrowing limit for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Program, $20,500 (however, the amount of the loan may not exceed the program's cost of attendance)

International Students

Financial aid opportunities for international students are limited. In general, international students should be prepared to finance, either privately or through a sponsor, the cost of their Notre Dame education.

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

Notification of Financial Aid

For students who apply for financial assistance, the Office of Financial Aid will provide a Financial Aid Notification outlining the eligibility for financial assistance. Official notification of academic fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships is sent by the student’s academic department. Students are asked to notify the Office of Financial Aid of the receipt of any financial assistance beyond that outlined in the Financial Aid Notification.