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Our financial aid office is here to help you find the right financial aid path for you. Notre Dame College focuses on affordability by offering scholarships, grants,  work-study and other state and federal aid. Learn how we can help you.

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An investment in a liberal arts education from Notre Dame College is an investment in a lifetime of personal and professional success. We believe our mission-focused, values-based, private Catholic education should be accessible to all students

Notre Dame College is compliant with federal standards, so we monitor academic progress for all students applying for financial aid.

Important Information About  Emergency Financial Aid Grants Under The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

​Notre Dame College has signed and returned to the Department of Education our Certification and Agreement. Notre Dame College assures it will use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide $637,060 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to eligible students. These grants are to be issued to help cover the costs of food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

A COVID-19 update from the Financial Aid Office.

As of August 18, 2020, Notre Dame College has distributed $582,327 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to a total of 826 students. There are an estimated 830 students eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CARES Act at Notre Dame College.

The process followed by Notre Dame College to determine the distribution of these funds is as follows:

  • A committee was formed of key administrators and staff to research, develop and administer these funds.
  • The committee developed a process ensuring all federal guidelines were followed.
  • Eligible expenses were determined and quantified for different groups of students based on several factors, including, but not limited to, whether a student was a resident on campus or a commuter.
  • A pool was identified of all eligible students.
  • A sliding scale was developed to define categories of need based upon EFC ranges.
  • Funds were awarded to each eligible student based upon the student’s EFC.
  • Approximately 12.4%, or $79,160, of the total funds received are held in reserve for additional awards to students who assert that the initial award amount was insufficient to cover expenses incurred specifically related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. $24,427 has been awarded from this reserve.
  • An online form was created for students to apply for additional funds. The student must detail what expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus they incurred and demonstrate such expenses exceed the amount of the student’s initial award. The college’s Financial Aid Special Circumstance Committee will review each application and determine if an additional award will be given from this remaining reserve of funds.

Our process and the availability of these funds were communicated to our students through individual emails to all eligible students notifying them of the availability of these funds.  Each eligible student received a customized email as well, notifying them of the amount they were awarded and when the funds would be distributed to them.  Instructions were also given regarding the application for additional funds.

Types of Financial Aid


To learn if you qualify for need-based financial aid from the government, all students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Colleges use FAFSA to create your federal student aid package. This package can include grants, federal student loans, a work-study program, and state and school financial aid.

The federal government awards aid on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s important to submit your FAFSA as soon as you can.

Learn more about applying with FAFSA

Have you been accepted to Notre Dame College? Log into My NDC after you’ve completed your FAFSA to see any additional documentation that may be needed, as well as your financial award letter.

Alternative Loans

Alternative loans, or private loans, are loans that exist outside of the federal financial aid program. The majority of alternative loans are borrowed in the student’s name (with a credit-worthy parental co-signer). However, there are now some programs that allow a credit-worthy parent, grandparent, or guardian to act as the primary borrower.

  • Student as the borrower: To be approved for a loan, the student borrow or co-signer must be credit-worthy. We recommend using the FAST Choice™ tool to compare various loans and lenders before making a decision. You may also find it helpful to review the alternative loan lenders most used by NDC students over the past three years.

Most popular private loan lenders for NDC students

  • Parent as the borrower: A parent alternative loan may be borrowed by a parent, grandparent, guardian, or other credit qualified individual.  Unlike the federal parent loan, the alternative parent loan can be borrowed on behalf of graduate and independent students.

Currently, two lending institutions offer alternative parent loans:

Citizens Bank Student Loan™ for Parents

Sallie Mae® Parent Loan

Notre Dame College works with any private or alternative lender and does not have a preferred lender list for alternative loans.

It’s important to review all of your financial aid options thoroughly, including alternative loan programs. This chart can help you weigh the advantages and disadvantages of federal versus alternative loans. Please feel free to reach out to our financial aid office with any questions or concerns you may have.

Current Students

There are countless outside scholarships and grants are available to current college students. Scholarships ranging from small honorariums to thousands of dollars are offered each year by third-party organizations, groups, and corporations. These scholarships are an excellent way to earn need- and merit-based financial aid to help finance your college education, and may even be used to supplement federal or alternative loans.

Notre Dame College Office of Financial Aid

We want you to feel well-prepared to make informed decisions about financing your college education. When it comes to financial aid, the sooner you apply, the better, so please don’t hesitate to ask questions and apply for aid when you are ready!

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the financial aid process. Please reach out to the financial aid office or our staff members for information and help with federal, alternative, and outside scholarship aid. 

Financial Aid Office


Toll-free: 800.NDC.1680 ext. 5213

Fax: 216.803.6673


Hours: Monday through Friday (Summer): 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

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