Undergraduate Financial Aid

Objectives

It is the philosophy of Notre Dame University that students should not be denied the opportunity of furthering their university education because of limited financial resources. The Student Financial Aid Program was established to meet the goal of this philosophy by providing qualified students with financial aid regardless of color, race, gender, religion, nationality, or political affiliation.

The following is a brief description of the various financial aid policy for undergraduate students.

Work Study Grant (WSG)

The work-study grant is designed to assist full-time students with proven financial need to cover part of the cost of their education. Students who qualify as assistants are assigned to various departments or offices in the University.

Students will have to set a schedule for their working hours. The schedule should not conflict with their class schedule and should be signed by the Supervisor and the Financial Aid Officer.

The hourly rate for students on WSG is 4.5% of the actual rate per credit of each major. Students may receive up to 40% of his/her tuition fees through WSG. Students eligible for a WSG will have the added benefit of developing their working skills as well as gaining a deeper sense of personal responsibility and accomplishment.

Eligibility
  • Demonstrate financial need;
  • Have completed 12 credits at NDU (remedial credits not included);
  • Have demonstrated academic potential (cumulative GPA, minimum 2.3/4.0);
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student with a minimum of 12 credits each semester and a minimum of 9 credits during the last semester. Only Interior and Graphic Design students are eligible for WSG in their last academic year, since they are required to take 10 credits in their last two semesters of enrollment; The Chairperson of the Visual Arts department must confirm this.

Conditions
Any student who has been granted a WSG will be covered for a full academic year (exclusive of summer session) unless:
  • His /her GPA drops below 2.3/4.0 during the first semester;
  • He/she receives a scholarship from another institution exceeding 50% of tuition;
  • He/she benefits from the sibling grant or the scholarship;
  • He/she registers for less than 12 credits during each semester and less than 9 credits during the last semester at NDU;
  • He/she does not fulfill the job requirements assigned by the Financial Aid Officer;
  • He/she does not abide by the rules and regulations of the assignment;
  • it is revealed later that the information submitted is forged.

Procedures
Undergraduate students may apply for financial aid by filling out an application form which can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.

Upon taking this application, the student should schedule an interview with the Financial Aid Officer and submit the complete form with the appropriate documents before the official deadline. Every semester, dates and deadlines for obtaining and submitting applications will be updated and posted on the Finalcial Aid bulletin boards and on the NDU Website.

WSG applications must be submitted one semester in advance (for a Spring semester WSG, the application must be received by the Financial Aid Office during the previous Fall semester).

Students applying for WSG may receive a home visit from the Financial Aid Officer. After the procedure is completed, the Financial Aid Committee will review each application carefully and give the appropriate decision.

Dates and deadlines for obtaining and submitting applications will be posted on the Financial Aid Boards and on the NDU bulletin boards each semester, and scheduled in the academic year calendar.

The applications are to be taken and submitted during the previous semester (e.g., you have to apply in the spring semester to benefit for the next fall semester).

For more information, consult the Financial Aid Officer.

Student Employment

Full-time students proving to have special skills which none of the WSG students possess may be employed for the duration of one semester upon the request of Faculty Deans for academic reasons. The Financial Aid Committee will determine the working hours and the hourly rate.

Grants

A. Grant for Excellence

Students demonstrating excellence in sports, artistic, cultural, and social activities and representing the university in national and international contests could benefit from a grant ranging from 10 to 15% of tuition as determined by the Financial Aid Committee upon the recommendation of the Director of the Office of Student Affairs.

Eligibility
To be eligible for a sports grant, the student has to:
  • Join a sports team at NDU;
  • Complete 12 credits at NDU (remedial credits are not included);
  • Be enrolled in 12 credits (remedial credits are not included) each semester, and in at least 9 credits during the last semester;
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.

B. Sibling Grant

A sibling grant is given when two or more brothers and/or sisters are registered at NDU with proven financial need. If eligible, each sibling may benefit from a discount ranging from 10% to 25%, based upon need. Benefiting from the grant depends on the Financial Aid Committee’s decision, which will determine the percentage of reduction to be allocated.

Eligibility
To be eligible for a sibling grant, a student must:
  • Be enrolled as full-time student with a minimum of 12 credits except during the last semester before graduation when the number of credits may drop to 9 credits;
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00;
  • Be a sophomore, junior, or senior student (Intensive, Freshman, and Masters students are not eligible).

If one of the siblings does not fulfill the above criteria, the other(s) may benefit if his/her sibling is enrolled in 9 credits minimum for the undergraduate students and in 6 credits minimum for the graduate student. Benefiting from the grant depends on the Financial Aid Committee’s decision, which will determine the percentage of reduction to be allocated.

Procedure
Siblings wishing to obtain a reduction on their tuition fees are asked to fill a Financial Aid Application, which is to be studied and approved by the Financial Aid Committee.

The Financial Aid application must be submitted along with the required documents within the period given by the Financial Aid office.

The sibling grant is given for one academic year. The students have to renew their application during the spring semester for the next academic year.

Every semester, dates and deadlines for obtaining and submitting applications will be updated and posted on the Financial Aid bulletin boards and on the NDU website.

Undergraduate Scholarship

The student shall benefit from the program according to the following scale:
Cumulative GPA from 3.40/4.00 to 3.65/4.00 25% Scholarship
Cumulative GPA from 3.66/4.00 to 3.79/4.00 50% Scholarship
Cumulative GPA from 3.80/4.00 to 4.00/4.00 75% Scholarship
Eligibility
To be eligible the student must:
  • Have completed 12 credits at NDU (remedial credits are not included);
  • Be enrolled in 12 credits (remedial credits are not included) each semester and in a minimum of 9 during the last semester;
  • Have demonstrated academic excellence by maintaining a high cumulative GPA (3.40/4.00 and above).

Procedure
If the student fulfills the above criteria, he/she does not have to apply, but will automatically benefit from the discount on his/her tuition fees.
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