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Estimated Financial Aid Award Letters

  1. Log into www.fafsa.gov and review your FAFSA for accuracy. If you estimated your income on the FAFSA, attempt to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to update the information (if the conditions are met for DRT). If you are not eligible to use DRT, update the income section with the information from your completed taxes.

  2. Check your email for a request from our office to submit missing documents. Requests are typically sent to applicants within one week of the date of the estimated award notification.Depending where you are in the admissions process, email may be sent to your personal email account or your Notre Dame email account.

  3. Submit required items within thirty days from the time of notice to avoid processing delays. Incomplete forms cannot be accepted and must be resubmitted when complete. Please refer to the deadlines for the office of financial aid. Note that processing of documents submitted to our office takes 3-6 weeks.

  4. Meet with your financial aid counselor to discuss any financial aid questions. Bring requested items if you have not already submitted them. Staff information is available online.

  5. Receive a FINAL award letter with further instructions, including how to apply for loans. If your FAFSA is accurate, your final award notice will be the same as your estimated award notice.

  6. Start planning how you will finance your education at NDMU by visiting the Business Office website for information on payment plans and by learning about loans.

  7. Apply for external scholarships to reduce your out-of-pocket cost.