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If you have questions about financial aid, you can find answers here. You may also get in contact with your enrollment counselor, who can help answer any specific questions you may have about your unique financial situation.

Am I eligible for financial aid?

To be considered for federal student aid, you must:

  • Qualify to obtain a college or career school education, either by earning a high school diploma or GED certificate or by completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law.
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program.
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if you are a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25).
  • Have a valid Social Security number unless you are a resident of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federal States of Micronesia or the Republic of Palau.
  • Sign certifying statements on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid stating that:
    • You are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe a refund on a federal grant; and
    • You will use federal student aid only for educational purposes
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in college or career school.

In addition, you must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National; or
  • Have a Green Card; or
  • Have an Arrival-Departure Record; or
  • Have a Battered Immigrant Status; or
  • Have a T-Visa

Requirements vary based on other types of aid. View our Financial Aid page to find links to specific scholarships and their specifications.

How do I apply for financial aid at NDC?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid allows students to apply for federal grants, loans and work-study funds.

Be sure to include Notre Dame College’s federal school code (003085) to ensure that Notre Dame College will electronically receive the results of your application.

  • For a tutorial on completing the FAFSA, click here.
  • Learn how to transfer your tax information from the IRS to your FAFSA via an online tutorial.
  • Students can log in to MyNDC under the Financial Aid tab to check if the FAFSA has been received by the college and if any further documentation is required.

Learn more by watching our informational videos here or by visiting the FAFSA home page.

How do I apply for summer financial aid at NDC?

To apply for summer financial aid:

  1. You must submit the Financial Aid Enrollment Plan Form/Summer Financial Aid Application on MyNDC under the Financial Aid tab.
  2. You must complete the current FAFSA application at www.fafsa.ed.gov. (The NDC federal school code is 003085.)
  3. All new student loan borrowers must complete a direct loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) and student loan entrance counseling at studentloans.gov. If you have completed electronic Entrance Counseling for another college, go to www.studentloans.gov to request to have your counseling notification forwarded to NDC. (Click on View My Documents, select Loan Counseling as document type, click the down arrow and then Notify Additional School. NDC’s school code is 003085.)
  4. If your FAFSA is selected for verification by the federal government, you will be sent a verification worksheet and instructions. If selected, no financial aid will be awarded until verification is completed. Check for missing/received documents on MyNDC under the Financial Aid tab. (View Financial Aid Document Tracking.)

Learn about terms and conditions of summer financial aid here.

What is Verification?

If your FAFSA is selected for verification, you will be required to submit additional documentation to the Office of Financial Aid in order to be eligible for federal student aid. Learn more here.

What financial aid programs are available to online students at NDC?

There are a number of grants, loans and other federal aid opportunities available to you depending on your academic program and financial eligibility.

Undergraduate

Federal and State Grants — All Undergraduate Students (On-Campus or Online) Full-time or Part-time

Awards are based on regulations established by federal and state governments.

  • Federal Pell Grant: Awarded to eligible undergraduate students who have high financial need and have not earned a bachelors or professional degree.
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant: Given to undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Priority is given to students who receive a federal Pell Grant.
  • Ohio College Opportunity Grant: Need-based grant. Amount is determined by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

Loan Options (On-Campus or Online)

  • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan/Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: Low-interest loans available for degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students. For information, go to studentloans.gov.
  • Federal Parent PLUS Loan: Parent Loans for Dependent Undergraduate Students, also known as PLUS loans, allow parents to fund the cost of their student’s education. To apply, go to studentloans.gov.
  • Private Loans: Many banking institutions provide educational loans outside of the federal loan programs to credit-worthy students or students with a co-signer. For information, visit our Alternative Loan Information page. You must contact the bank directly.

Post-Graduate

TEEL® Financial Aid

TEEL® students are post-undergraduate students who are seeking a teaching license and already have an undergraduate degree. They may be eligible for the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program.

Loan Options

  • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan/Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: Low-interest loans available for degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Private Loans: Many banking institutions provide educational loans outside of the federal loan programs to credit-worthy students or students with a co-signer. For information, visit our Alternative Loan Information page. You must contact the bank directly.

Graduate

Students accepted into the Master of Education program, Master of Arts program, MSN or Graduate Certificate program as degree-seeking students may be eligible for federal financial aid if they are enrolled for at least six graduate credit hours per semester at NDC.

Loan Options

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: Low-interest loans available for degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Federal Graduate PLUS Loan: Federal student loan available to students attending graduate school and professional school. It offers a fixed interest rate and flexible loan limits. Borrower cannot have an adverse credit history. To apply, go to studentloans.gov.
  • Private Loans: Many banking institutions provide educational loans outside of the federal loan programs to credit-worthy students or students with a co-signer. For information, visit our Alternative Loan Information page. You must contact the bank directly.
  • Federal TEACH Grant/Loan Program: Students enrolled in the M.Ed. in Intervention Specialist Licensure for Mild Moderate Needs or the M.Ed. with Reaching Endorsement may apply for a Federal TEACH Grant. Refer to the TEACH Grant Program for application and further requirements and obligations. Note: a student receiving a TEACH Grant must fulfill the teaching obligation or the grant will convert to an unsubsidized Stafford loan, with interest accruing from the date of disbursement.

What do I need to know about my financial aid award letter?

As a financial aid recipient, you are required to read NDC’s Financial Aid Guidelines for online students available here. These guidelines will provide information about eligibility for financial aid funds and how to maintain eligibility.

What are Standards of Academic Progress?

Federal regulations require that Notre Dame College establish and implement a policy to measure whether students applying for and/or receiving financial aid are making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward a degree. This regulation applies to all students applying for aid, whether or not financial aid has been previously received. There are three measurements used to determine eligibility: credit hour requirement, grade point average and maximum time frame. Unmet requirements may result in loss of all financial aid. Below are links to a copy of the policy and the SAP appeal form.

Notre Dame College Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
SAP Appeal Form