NDMU Launches Promise Program to Help More Students Earn a Degree

Grant Program to Provide Additional Aid for Students with High Financial Need
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BALTIMORE – Notre Dame of Maryland University is expanding access to higher education for students with a new need-based financial aid program that provides an institutional grant to bridge the gap between state and federal grants and NDMU’s tuition and fees.

Both in-state and out-of-state students admitted for the 2023-24 academic year can be considered for NDMU’s Promise Program after completing the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The University anticipates that first-time, full-time students with significant financial need, when admitted to the program, will receive a combination of institutional, federal, and state grant aid to cover their full tuition and fees. All students in the Promise Program will be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant program, as determined by the FAFSA.

Incoming residential students that are awarded the State’s Guaranteed Access Grant are guaranteed via NDMU’s Promise Program to be awarded a combined financial aid package of grants and scholarships equivalent to tuition, fees, and room & board.

“NDMU’s Promise Program will provide the opportunity for more students to achieve their goal of earning a college degree,” said Dr. Marylou Yam, president of Notre Dame of Maryland University. “NDMU is committed to making it possible for students to realize their potential and receive an inclusive transformational education.”

To be considered for the Promise Program, students are encouraged to apply for admission and complete the FAFSA as soon as possible using NDMU School Code 002065. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

NDMU offers a broad range of
career-focused undergraduate programs with a liberal arts foundation, including business, nursing, education, art therapy, and the sciences. In addition, NDMU provides programs to help students build their leadership skills, engage in community service, participate in NCAA Division III athletics, and explore their interests in clubs and activities. Small class sizes and a caring community of dedicated faculty and staff provide additional support to help students succeed.

“We are excited to be able to offer the Promise Program to make a transformational college experience a reality for more students,” said Scott Briell, senior vice president for enrollment and student services. “NDMU’s Promise Program allows more students to gain the knowledge, skills, and values to become their best selves.”

Established in 1895, Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) is a private, Catholic institution in Baltimore, Maryland, with the mission to educate leaders to transform the world. Notre Dame has been named one of the best "Regional Universities North" by U.S. News & World Report.

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