International Students

Applicants for Admission

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

International applicants who indicate on their Certification of Finances in the applicant portal that they will not be applying for financial aid (and who 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 limited 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, 2019) adapted for international students. Both documents are due at the time of application. As a reminder, the application deadline is November 1 for Restrictive Early Action and January 1 for Regular Decision.  The CSS Profile is submitted through the College Board. The University is not able to grant fee waivers for the CSS Profile.

Based upon a review of academic qualifications, financial need, and availability of student aid resources, an applicant may be considered for financial assistance.  This assistance 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 adapted for international students will be reviewed along with the student’s application for admission.  The financial aid and admissions decisions are done together.

International students seeking financial aid must apply during the admissions process. All international students that are admitted without financial aid are expected to fully fund their studies.  Financial aid is not available in later years. If you think that you will need financial aid at any point during your studies, you should apply for financial aid at the time of your application.

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

Samples of completed International supporting documentation are shown below.

Full Ability To Pay From Income

Full Ability To Pay From Income And Assets

Full Ability To Pay From Assets

Full Ability To Pay With Sponsor

Not Able To Pay Full Cost - Need Financial Aid

Financial aid opportunities (need-based, merit, or otherwise) for first-year international students are limited and at present, there is no funding to assist international transfer students. International 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.

Students also should be prepared to finance their health insurance and 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.

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.

Cost of Attendance

2020-2021 Estimated Cost of Attendance
Tuition & Fees $58,000
Room & Meals $16,850
Books & Supplies $1,150
Personal Expenses $1,200
Health Insurance $2,600
Total Cost of Attendance $79,800
Four-Year Estimated Cost of Attendance
2020-2021 $79,800
2021-2022 $83,400
2022-2023 $86,700
2023-2024 $90,100
Total Cost of Attendance $340,000

Merit Scholarships

Notre Dame offers 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.

Notre Dame’s limited number of merit-based scholarship opportunities for international students are highly competitive. 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.

Selections for all merit-based scholarships are made as part of the admission process and no separate application is required for consideration, however, eligible students may be contacted directly with a request for 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.