Financial Aid Application Process for Incoming Freshmen - U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

 A student should not wait for an admission decision to complete the financial aid application process. The financial aid applications open on October 1, and we encourage you to complete the application process according to the timeline below. Please be sure to select the 2020-2021 academic year when you start your application. Notre Dame is one of less than 60 schools in the nation that is committed to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of our undergraduate students for all four years.

2020-2021 Financial Aid Application Procedures

How to Apply 2021

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 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. Choosing this option will streamline completion of federal verification requirements and expedite the review of your financial aid application. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool will be available on October 1. More information about completing this process can be found here.

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 Profile

The CSS 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 CSS Profile are also included on the FAFSA, but the extra information provided on the CSS Profile helps us to more fully understand your family circumstances. The CSS Profile is available online at The CSS 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 CSS Profile fee waiver eligibility may be found at CSS Profile Fee Waiver Information.

Information and cooperation will be requested from both of the student’s natural parents (biological and/or adoptive), regardless of marital status, as part of the financial aid application process at Notre Dame. Both the custodial parent and noncustodial parent should complete a separate CSS Profile for their student at In order for a student to receive maximum financial aid consideration, we ask that the student make every attempt to secure information from both parents. In cases where the CSS Profile cannot be completed by the noncustodial parent, please submit the Noncustodial Parent Waiver Petition, which can be found on our website.

Note: Undocumented students will receive consideration for need-based financial assistance from the University of Notre Dame based on evaluation of their CSS Profile in accordance with our institutional policies.

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. We strongly encourage families to upload all supporting documents at one time. Processing of your IDOC information can take up to 5 business days (from date of upload or receipt). 

CSS Profile applicants will receive communication directly from IDOC regarding the submission of supporting documentation, which may include the following:

  • Parent and student signed 2018 Federal Tax Returns
  • Parent 2018 W-2 Form(s)
  • Verification Worksheet
  • Other Documents as requested (e.g. business tax returns)

Please redact or blacken out Social Security Numbers to protect your personal information before uploading documents to the portal. 

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