Merit Scholarships and Need-Based Grant Renewal Policy

Merit Scholarships and Need-Based Grants are offered to students as part of the undergraduate admissions process. These awards assume that students will maintain continuous full-time enrollment and are only valid for the number of terms normally required to earn an undergraduate degree. The scholarship amounts are set as part of the admissions process and are not increased during the student's enrollment at Notre Dame. The University reserves the right to cancel or reduce the scholarship of any student found guilty of disciplinary or honor code violations.


Unless noted on the award letter, institutional scholarship funds are applied to tuition charges only. If you drop a class AND receive a tuition refund, your scholarship will be proportionally adjusted based on your lower tuition cost. Scholarships will cancelled for students who choose to enroll on a part-time basis (less than 12 credits in both fall and spring semesters. Winterim courses will not be counted for the spring semester when determining full time status for institutional scholarships.)

Requirements for Scholarship and Grant Renewal

  Credit Requirement Minimum Cumulative GPA Requirement Other Requirements
Academic Achievement Scholarship  Earn a minimum of 12 credits per semester 2.5 throughout her 4 years must remain continuously enrolled at Notre Dame
 Endowed Scholarship   Earn a minimum of 12 credits per semester 2.5 throughout her 4 years must remain continuously enrolled at Notre Dame
 Knott Scholarship  Earn a minimum of 12 credits per semester 3.0 throughout her 4 years must remain continuously enrolled at Notre Dame
 Notre Dame Award  Earn a minimum of 12 credits per semester 2.5 throughout her 4 years must remain continuously enrolled at Notre Dame
 Notre Dame Award for Transfer Students  Earn a minimum of 12 credits per semester 2.5 throughout her 2-3 years must remain continuously enrolled at Notre Dame
Presidential Scholarship  Earn a minimum of 12 credits per semester 2.5 throughout her 4 years must remain continuously enrolled at Notre Dame
 Transfer Scholarship  Earn a minimum of 12 credits per semester 2.5 throughout her 2-3 years must remain continuously enrolled at Notre Dame

Renewal Requirements:

The Office of Financial Aid will review recipient's cumulative grade point averages at the end each academic year to determine their eligibility for continued funding. To have their scholarships automatically renewed, recipients must achieve the requirements for their specific scholarship listed above.

Financial Aid Appeals Committee

The Financial Aid Appeals Committee will review the academic records for all students who do not automatically meet the renewal requirements for their scholarship award. Students are placed on a Scholarship Warning after being review at the end of each academic year if they fail to meet their scholarship requirements.


Students will receive written notification if the Committee adjusts or cancels their merit scholarship aid for the upcoming semester. Students have the right to appeal any decision adjusting their merit aid. Appeals must be filed within 2 weeks of notification that aid eligibility has been adjusted, and it must be made in writing to the Director of Financial Aid using the Financial Aid Appeal Form. Appeals are normally based on an unusual situation or condition that prevented you from achieving your minimum required GPA or required credit amount needed to retain your scholarship. Appeals should not be based on your lack of knowledge of the scholarship requirements.


If an appeal is granted, you will be placed on scholarship probation and you must sign a probation contract. Students will be contacted by the Academic Advising Counselor to complete their probation contract. If terms of the contract are not met the following semester, the scholarship may be terminated. Once you regain scholarship eligibility, this process starts over.