Merit-Based Assistance

The University of Notre Dame offers a limited number of merit scholarships to admitted first-year students. Recipients demonstrate exceptional accomplishment, leadership, commitment to service, and intellectual promise. Financial need is not a factor unless otherwise noted.

How it Works

We know you’re a busy student, so we make the merit aid process as easy as possible. Every application for admission is considered for merit aid at Notre Dame—there’s no separate application to complete unless you are notified that you have been chosen as a merit semi-finalist in late January.

Students selected as semi-finalists will be contacted with instructions on next steps via the email provided in their application.

Admitted Students Should Apply for Need-based Financial Aid

We offer generous need-based assistance that you should apply for regardless of your merit aspirations. Around three percent of admitted students receive merit aid, but need-based financial aid is an option open to many more students.   

Visit our Merit Scholarships site to learn more about merit-based assistance at Notre Dame.  

Please note: Students who receive both merit scholarship and need-based scholarship from the University are subject to reduction or elimination of need-based federal and institutional financial aid in accordance with federal regulations and institutional policy.