Financial Aid FAQs

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Financial Aid FAQs

Applying for Financial Aid

What is the federal school code for the Notre Dame Law School?
Our federal school code for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is 001840. The FAFSA for the upcoming year is available online after January 1.

When can I expect notification about financial aid?
The priority deadline for submission of the FAFSA for first-year Law Students is February 15. If you meet the February 28 priority deadline, you should receive notification between mid-March and mid-April.

The priority deadline for submission of the FAFSA for continuing Law Students is February 28. Financial aid awards may be viewed through insideND beginning in late March.

When do I have to accept my financial aid award package?
The Office of Financial Aid requests that students who wish to decline (or reduce) an award(s), please indicate, sign, date, and return the Award Letter to our office. Signing the Award Letter is separate from submitting your seat deposit.

Do I need to apply for financial aid every year?
Yes. The FAFSA must be filed annually for you to receive consideration for federal loan assistance.

Is it necessary to meet with a financial aid counselor?
The staff in the Office of Financial Aid is available to talk with students about their questions or concerns related to their financial aid. The Financial Aid staff is available to answer most of the questions students have. If you have extenuating circumstances, or more detailed questions, email or call the office to schedule an appointment with a financial aid counselor.

Scholarship and Loan Assistance

Is scholarship assistance available for law students?
We award non-repayable scholarship assistance to many incoming students. Every candidate admitted to the Law School is considered for scholarship aid based on multiple factors with the goal of admitting students with different backgrounds and a wide range of talents and experiences. These factors include academic qualifications, personal statement, leadership attributes, and community service. If you wish to be considered for need-based scholarship aid, you must complete the optional financial aid form on the online admission application.

You can review the listing of external scholarship awards here.

What loan programs are available?
Law students are eligible to borrow from the Federal Direct Loan, the Federal Graduate/Direct PLUS Loan, or private loan programs. Further details and application instructions are available on the Office of Financial Aid website.

Eligibility and Appealing

How will the fact that I worked last year impact my eligibility for loans?
The Federal Methodology formula used to determine eligibility for federal loan programs requires students to report their prior year’s income. The resulting student contribution is used to determine eligibility for Federal loan programs only.

If you’re a graduate or professional student, you will typically be eligible to receive a total of $20,500 per year via the Federal Direct Loan Program. Find additional information about this program on our website.

How will my parents’ income affect my loan eligibility?
Since Notre Dame Law School students are considered independent, parents’ data is not included on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In other words, your parents’ income will have no effect on your federal or private loan eligibility.

Is it possible to increase the standard cost of attendance if my expenses are beyond the standard budget?
A student may request a Cost of Attendance Increase Form from the Office of Financial Aid; you may request the form by phone, email, or in person. The form provides you with an opportunity to itemize monthly expenses. (In some cases, receipts or billing statements are required to support the request.) How do I contact the Office of Student Accounts?

Students may contact the Office of Student Accounts by mail, phone, fax, or email.

Mailing Address:
116 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: 574-631-7113
Fax: 574-631-7117
Email: stdacct@nd.edu

Is it possible to receive more financial aid if I study abroad?
The Law School will notify the Office of Financial Aid of the students who are enrolled in a study abroad program. The Office of Financial Aid will increase the budgets of these students accordingly and determine if additional loan eligibility is possible.

General Questions

How do I contact the Office of Financial Aid?
Students may contact the Office of Financial Aid by mail, phone, fax, or email.

Mailing Address:
115 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: 574-631-6436
Fax: 574-631-6899
Email: finaidgr@nd.edu
Website: financialaid.nd.edu

When can I expect to receive my bill, and when is payment due?
The Fall billing statement will be available via IRISHPAY in mid-July with payment due by mid-August. IRISHPAY is the University’s online student account and payment system available to both students and their authorized payers.

How do I contact the Office of Student Accounts?
Students may contact the Office of Student Accounts by mail, phone, fax, or email.

Mailing Address:
303 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: 574-631-7113
Fax: 574-631-7117
Email: stdacct@nd.edu

Quick Links

Notre Dame Financial Aid
Cost of Attendance Worksheet
FastWeb
Federal Student Aid
FinAid
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Loan Repayment Calculator

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