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Education at a private, Catholic school like Notre Dame is an investment, and one that likely involves sacrifices. Though we must charge tuition to execute our academic and co-curricular programs, retain a top-notch faculty, and maintain our facilities and services, the actual costs are much higher than the tuition we collect. Thankfully, our parents, grandparents, alumni and other donors continue investing in the future of our school—through the Notre Dame Fund and other philanthropic initiatives—to offset the difference.
Believing that a Notre Dame education will have a transformative impact on a student's future, we are committed to helping students realize this opportunity, regardless of their family’s financial position. Our financial aid committee strives to accurately assess need and to equitably distribute grants to deserving families.
Over the past three years, an average of 82 families have applied for financial aid, with 72 receiving assistance. (In terms of students, the averages are 101 applicants and 86 recipients.) The average award for a student over the last three years has been approximately $3,500. Being an average, some awards are much higher—up to half off tuition—while some are much more modest; all are based on the family’s demonstrated need.
Below is a summary of Notre Dame’s financial aid awards by income range over the last three years:
*Families that did not accept a proffered financial aid award are not included in these numbers.
Financial Aid Application Process and Timeline
Parents must complete an online application. (To access it, click on the FAST logo to the left of this paragraph.) After completing the application, parents must submit copies of all W2s and prepared state and federal tax documents from the previous year. In the case of divorced, separated or non-married parents, both must participate regardless of any court decrees or personal agreements. Beginning this year, returning families will be able to apply for aid beginning October 1, with an exclusive review period through November 30. Prospective families will be able to apply beginning December 1. As such, our intent is to provide award decisions to newly accepted students at the same time they receive their admission decision.
Financial Aid Awards
In most cases, financial aid awards are posted to student accounts on September 1. Because of the limited nature of NDPMA’s financial aid budget, the typical financial aid award for a student ranges from $1,000 to $5,000. While larger amounts–as much as half tuition–are awarded, these are reserved for students with significant need and great academic promise.
ND Prep Academic Scholarships
Beginning with the NDP Class of 2020, Notre Dame offers the following academic merit scholarships to qualified students. These scholarships are eligible only to students who take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) in November or December of the 8th grade year. Students need not apply for these awards.
ND Prep Irish Award: An incoming freshman who earns a score from 85 to 89 on the HSPT automatically will earn a freshman-year scholarship valued at 10 percent of the cost of tuition.
ND Prep Lyon Award: An incoming freshman who earns a score of 90 to 94 on the HSPT automatically will earn a freshman-year scholarship valued at 15 percent of the cost of tuition. The student will have the opportunity to renew* the scholarship at 10 percent of tuition for the sophomore, junior and senior years.
ND Prep Marist Award: An incoming freshman who earns a score from 95 to 99 automatically will earn a freshman-year scholarship valued at 15 percent of the cost of tuition. The student will have the opportunity to renew* the scholarship at 15 percent of tuition for the sophomore, junior and senior years.
ND Prep Fr. Jean-Claude Colin Founder’s Award: Inspired by the writings of the Founder of the Marist Fathers, Fr. Jean-Claude Colin, the Founder’s Award is given to a very select few incoming freshmen each year. Founder’s Award candidates are evaluated based upon the following criteria:
· The student is in Grade 8 at a Catholic school or Walton Charter Academy.
· The student has earned a composite score at or above the 95th percentile on the HSPT.
· The student has completed the admission process for Notre Dame Prep before Jan. 17, 2020.
· The student has an exceptional academic history, as well as a record of service, citizenship and leadership in his/her school, community, and/or parish.
The Founder’s Award is valued at 33 percent of the cost of tuition for the freshman year. A renewed* award would be valued at 25 percent of the cost of tuition for the sophomore, junior and senior years.
* Requirements for Lyon, Marist and Founder’s Award Scholarship Renewal:
In order for a student to renew a Lyon, Marist or Founder’s Award scholarship, he/she must post a 3.85 cumulative grade point average by the end of the school year. (If a student’s GPA falls below the standard, the scholarship will not renew and no longer will be available to the student.) Founder’s Award scholarship recipients also must write an annual reflection about their development as Christians, citizens and scholars inspired by the Marist charism.
ND Prep Fine and Performing Arts Scholarships: Notre Dame Preparatory School awards performance-based fine and performing arts scholarships for the freshman year. The band and choir scholarships of up to $1,000 are based on electronic submissions of instrumental or vocal performances to the band or choir directors. The visual arts scholarships of up to $1,000 are based on electronic submissions of artwork judged by the visual arts department. Art submissions and auditions are due on an appointed date in March each school year.
ND Prep Diversity Scholarship: Students entering grades 9 through 12 may qualify for a diversity scholarship for the first year of attendance at NDP. The diversity scholarship is based on student responses to the diversity statement in the Supplemental Application for admission.
Note: An incoming freshman student may not earn more than one academic merit, arts or diversity scholarship.
Note: Merit-based and diversity scholarship awards for NDP applicants will be included in the student acceptance letter. Fine and performing arts scholarship recipients will be notified via e-mail prior to course selection events. Scholars Day winners will be notified via e-mail the week after the event. All scholarship awards are posted to student accounts on September 1.
Notre Dame Multiple-Child Discount: Families with multiple children enrolled at Notre Dame are eligible for discounts on tuition. The multiple child discounts are as follows: 5% off tuition for the second student, 10% off for the third, 100% off for the fourth, fifth, etc.
Notre Dame Alumni Awards: The children of Notre Dame Preparatory School, Notre Dame High School (Harper Woods), Oakland Catholic and Pontiac Catholic alumni are eligible for yearly discounts in tuition at Notre Dame Schools. The Alumni Award is $1,000 for the first student and is prorated for additional students. Alumni awards cannot be combined with other merit, academic or financial aid awards.
The cost of tuition for Notre Dame is set each year by the NDPMA Board of Trustees. Tuition rates for the following school year are announced in January.
Notre Dame families pay tuition on a 12-month calendar, beginning with a registration fee payment in late January/early February of the preceding school year. (For example, families enrolling an accepted student for the 2020-21 school year will be able to register in late January/early February 2020.) After registration, tuition payments are due on the 1st of every month, from March through January. Families who enroll their children any time after February are expected to make tuition payments current to their date of registration.
Tuition rates for the 2019-20 school year are as follows:
- Notre Dame Preparatory School: $16,451
- Notre Dame Middle School: $14,722
- Notre Dame Lower School: $11,446
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