Dates & Deadlines

The dates below are intended to provide a general overview of the timing of the financial aid and loan cycle. Many of these dates are estimates and will vary from year to year. Please only use this as a general guide; admitted students should consult the Admissions Office for more information.

October 1
Start completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after October 1. The FAFSA may be completed online at and is required for all federal loans. Notre Dame’s Federal School Code is 001840.

Important note: You can file your 2018–19 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, rather than beginning on Jan. 1. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling you to complete and submit the FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, you’ll be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. 

End of December
Students who applied and were accepted early decision will receive their scholarship notification.

Mid February
Students who applied and were accepted regular decision will receive their scholarship notification.

February 28
Deadline for submitting the FAFSA receive priority processing consideration for financial assistance.

Mid March
Date by which the Office of Financial Aid begins to mail Loan Award Notification letters to candidates who submitted the FAFSA by the February 28 suggested deadline.

May 15
Suggested date for completing the Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) and, if needed, any other educational loans.

July 13
Date the Office of Student Accounts generates a student’s first billing statement with a due date of mid-August.

Point of Contact
Office of Financial Aid – (574) 631-6436;
Office of Student Accounts – (574) 631-7113;