Final Financial Aid Award Letters
The information listed below is designed to help you understand your Notre Dame of Maryland University financial aid award letter. It is important that you thoroughly review this information. The steps listed below should be completed by students with final or revised award letters.
1. Review the information listed on the upper right hand side of your award letter
Review the information regarding your enrollment assumptions (F-full time, Q-three-quarter time, H-half-time, L-less than half-time, N-not enrolled), your dependency status, housing plans, and student type. If our assumptions are inaccurate, you must contact our office to update our records. Forms to correct or update your enrollment, housing, or dependency status can be found on our Forms and Publications Page.
2. Review the section labeled "Grants/Scholarships"
If a federal Pell grant is listed on your award letter, the grant amount will be adjusted if your actual enrollment as of census will differ from the anticipated enrollment. Pell Grants are only available to undergraduate students that have not used their full 600% lifetime eligibility limit.
If your award letter lists any state awards, visit the Maryland College Aid Processing System to accept the state award(s).
Some grants/scholarships could be adjusted if your enrollment as of census is less than the award requires.
3. Review the section labeled "Student Loans"
Since this is the first time you are receiving Federal Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized loans at Notre Dame, you must apply for the loans by the priority deadline. To reduce or cancel offered loans, complete the appropriate request form found on our Forms and Publications page.
4. Review the section labeled "Other Resources"
If your award letter lists Federal Work Study, you will be emailed more information as the fall semester approaches.
5. If you receive a scholarship or other educationally related financial assistance
If you receive an external scholarship or other educationally related financial assistance (i.e. tuition assistance) from any source other than that which is indicated on your award letter, you MUST send our office a copy of the paperwork. The University will then notify you of any impact to your financial aid package.
6. Use the Financial Aid Calculator
This tool will help you determine if you will have a balance due or if your financial aid will cover your bill.
7. If you need additional funds, consider other options.
You may seek out private loans or external scholarships to help cover your balance. If you still need help paying your balance, you can set up a FACTS Payment Plan through our Business Office.Parents of dependent undergraduate students should consider the PLUS loan, and follow the instructions to apply for the loan by the priority deadline.
8. Disbursement Information is available on online.
This chart will help you determine when financial aid funds will be credited to your student account.
9. Stay Informed about Financial Aid.
Financial Aid and Your Student Bill
The business office sends an invoice for fall and spring semesters. If all necessary activation steps have been completed, the financial aid appears on the invoice as pending aid. Any aid left over after paying your bill is issued to you in a refund check. Refund checks are mailed to the mailing address on record with the University. Please contact the business office at 410-532-5440 about billing questions, payment plans or refund checks. Click here to visit the website of the Business Office.