Financial Aid

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We understand your need for information that will help you begin the process of financing your education. We focus on assisting qualified students find options that will allow them to finance their college education. Simply fill out a Request Information form and one of our enrollment counselors will connect with you, ready to help.

FAFSA

Notre Dame College Online accepts the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. We recommend that you complete a FAFSA annually, even if you are unsure of your eligibility. A FAFSA ensures you receive the best possible options when funding your education. For information, contact our enrollment counselors, who will help you navigate this process.

Notre Dame College’s federal school code is 003085. This number applies to our online programs.

Learn about eligibility requirements on our Financial Aid FAQs page.

Military Benefits

Notre Dame College Online accepts Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits and is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon program. Visit our Military and Veterans page to learn about how your U.S. military service can help fund your education.

Cleveland Catholic Diocese Discount

Notre Dame College Online is proud to offer a 20% tuition discount to employees of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese. Those who are employees of Catholic schools or Catholic-affiliated organizations (with the exception of employees of Catholic colleges) may take advantage of this discount. This benefit applies to both undergraduate and graduate classes. Learn more here.

Federal TEACH Grant

The Federal TEACH Grant Program provides grant assistance to students admitted to the college in either an undergraduate or graduate degree seeking program, who agree to serve for at least four years as full-time highly qualified teachers in high-need fields in public or not-for-profit private elementary or secondary schools that serve students from low-income families.

Schools which offer baccalaureate teacher preparation programs (such as NDC) may not participate in this program at the post-baccalaureate level (TEEL® program). However students enrolled in the TEEL® program have access to the Teacher Loan Forgiveness/Forbearance Program.

A TEACH Grant recipient who does not complete the required teaching service within eight years of completing his or her academic program, subject to certain exceptions or fails to meet certain other requirements of the TEACH Grant Program, must repay the TEACH Grant as a direct unsubsidized loan under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program with interest, accrued from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed. A student in their first baccalaureate degree program may be eligible for up to $4,000 per year to a maximum of $16,000. A student admitted to the Master of Education Program may be eligible for up to $4,000 per year to a maximum of $8,000.

Student Eligibility Requirements

To determine your eligibility for a TEACH Grant you must:

  1. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov, although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
  2. Complete Notre Dame College Online’s Federal TEACH Grant application. Continuing TEACH Grant recipients are not required to re-submit this form.
  3. Meet the general eligibility requirements for federal student aid.
  4. Be admitted to one of the following:
    • Notre Dame College Online’s undergraduate teacher education programs:
      • Adolescent to Young Adult Education (Grade 7–12) with a major of Life Science and Chemistry or Integrated Mathematics or Spanish (Pre-K–12)
      • Middle Childhood Education (Grade 4–9) with a Math and Science concentration
      • Mild Moderate Intervention Specialist (MMIS) (K–12)
    • Notre Dame College Online’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) in MMIS or Master of Education (M.Ed.) with Reading Endorsement
  5. Meet one of the following academic standards:
    • Score above the 75th percentile on a college admission test (e.g. SAT, ACT, GRE) or
    • Have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) to receive a grant in the first term or
    • Have a cumulative 3.25 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) through the most recent term in the master degree program for subsequent payments
  6. Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and respond to requests by the U.S. Department of Education confirming your intention to meet the teaching obligation. The ATS is available electronically at www.studentloans.gov.
  7. Complete TEACH Grant Counseling at www.studentloans.gov each academic year.
  8. Continue to meet the eligibility requirements to receive funding each semester.

Important Reminder!

Failure to complete the teaching obligation, respond to requests for information or properly document your teaching service will cause the TEACH Grant to be permanently converted to an unsubsidized loan with interest. Once a grant is converted to a loan it cannot be converted back to a grant.

Outside Scholarships

Many private scholarships for college students are offered each year by a variety of corporate, professional, trade, government, civic, religious, social and fraternal organizations. These scholarships can range from small amounts to thousands of dollars. To be considered, students must meet eligibility criteria specified by the donor or sponsor and complete a scholarship application (if required).

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There are free search engines for students to use in searching for possible scholarships. Several are listed below.

Listed below are some of the scholarships made available each year by private organizations and companies. We are providing a link to their site when the application process and guidelines are displayed.

  1. Jeanne Squire Memorial Scholarship (For women 25 and older from Cuyahoga, Lorain and Medina counties)
  2. Medina County Retired Teachers’ Association Scholarship (For Medina County high school graduates only)
  3. Department of Defense SMART Scholarship Fund
  4. FNSNA Nursing Scholarship
  5. AES Engineers Scholarship
  6. College Now/Greater Cleveland Adult Learner Scholarship
  7. Mary Elizabeth Keller Scholarship (For education majors residing in Lorain County or a graduate of a Lorain County high school)
  8. College Club West Scholarship (For women 25 years and older)
  9. B. Davis Scholarship
  10. Throckmorton Scholarship

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