How to Apply for Financial Aid

Obtain an FSA ID

The FSA ID consists of a user-created username and password to electronically access personal information on the Federal Student Aid websites, including the FAFSA. 

Important Dates & Deadlines 

  • October 1 - FAFSA for 2018-19 Available! File online. (List Notre Dame of Maryland University on your FAFSA with school code 002065.)
  • February 15 - NDMU Priority Deadline for FAFSA (Keep a printed copy for your records.)
  • March 1 - Maryland Deadline to File FAFSA for Consideration of All State Aid
  • November 15 - Verification Documents Due for Fall Term
  • April 15 - Verification Documents Due for Spring Term
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When should I fill out the FAFSA?

Dates & Deadlines
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How much does it cost?

Estimated Cost of Attendance
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Am I eligible to receive financial aid?

Eligibility Requirements
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What happens if I am selected for verification?

Verification Process
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What types of aid can I get?

Awarding Process

FAFSA Follow Up

  1. The U.S. Department of Education will email a link to the Student Aid Report (SAR) with your FAFSA results. Check the SAR for accuracy and make any necessary corrections.
  2. Notre Dame of Maryland University will email you once we have received your FAFSA results.
  3. If your FAFSA is selected for verification, accepted applicants will be notified by email to submit required documents.
  4. To avoid processing delays, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to update your financial information on your FAFSA after you file taxes (3 weeks after electronic filing, 8 weeks after paper filing). If ineligible, enter the updated information from your tax returns manually.
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Award Notification

After your financial aid file is complete, you will receive an award notice if you meet all of the eligibility requirements.

New Students

Award letters for new students with complete financial aid files who plan to enroll for the fall semester will be mailed in early January (early November for students who plan to enroll in the spring semester).

Returning Students

Award information for returning students with complete files and who meet satisfactory academic progress standards will be posted on WebAdvisor beginning in late February. Awarding is done on a monthly basis.

Updating Your Information

Your financial aid award notice will be based on certain enrollment and housing assumptions. If these assumptions are incorrect, it is the student's responsibility to notify our office so that the award can be revised in a timely manner.

Similarly, if a student receives notification of another source of funding not reflected in the financial aid award, documentation of the expected award must be sent to the office of financial aid as soon as it is received.