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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for University of Notre Dame is $50,998 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 84% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $27,755. University of Notre Dame is one of the 100 most expensive colleges in the America, coming in 59th on our Expensive 100 Ranking. The cost is 146% more expensive than the average Indiana tuition of $20,697 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 65th in Indiana amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $507 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $51,505.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $14,890 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Notre Dame should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,050.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $1,950 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $1,950 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Notre Dame was $69,395 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Indiana residence status as there is no in-state discount.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for University of Notre Dame and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for University of Notre Dame
Estimated Budgets
Indiana Resident Total Budget $69,395
   In-State Tuition$50,998
   Other Fees$507
   Room and Board$14,890
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,950
   Books and Supplies$1,050
Non-Resident Total Budget $69,395
   Out-of-State Tuition$50,998
   Other Fees$507
   Room and Board$14,890
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,950
   Books and Supplies$1,050


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $69,395 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Notre Dame net price for in-state students is $27,025* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

57% of University of Notre Dame students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $33,092. 11 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,108. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Notre Dame, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Notre Dame
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$27,025*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid57%
Average Total Grant Aid$33,092
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants11%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,108

Average Net Price by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$9,048
$30,001 to $48,000$11,520
$48,001 to $75,000$15,965
$75,001 to $110,000$23,099

Average Financial Aid Mix - $69,395 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $69,395. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 49% - $33,092

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, University of Notre Dame or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 7% - $4,797

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 44% -  $29,556

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if Notre Dame is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 98/100 for University of Notre Dame. Considering an average net price paid of $24,632, this leads to an overall value ranking of 72/100. This places the school 95th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. University of Notre Dame
University of Chicago4.5% more expensive
Northwestern University2.4% more expensive
Oberlin College3.5% more expensive
Kenyon College1.1% more expensive
Washington University in St Louis0.7% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at University of Notre Dame.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Notre Dame is $277,580 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $24,632 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $98,528**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $346,975 or $123,160 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at University of Notre Dame.

Indiana Resident Tuition Per Semester$25,499
Indiana Resident Total Cost Per Semester$34,698

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at University of Notre Dame are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at University of Notre Dame
Price per credit hour$2,125
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$6,375
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$8,500


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 35% of University of Notre Dame students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,797. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $29,480.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Notre Dame? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $98,528, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $122,250.65. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Notre Dame. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 57% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $24,632. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our University of Notre Dame student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

University of Notre Dame Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,018.76
Amount Borrowed$98,528.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$23,722.65
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$122,250.65

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Notre Dame ? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending University of Notre Dame, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $122,250.65 would be needed to afford a $1,018.76 monthly payment in the example $98,528.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to University of Notre Dame in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $42,464 to $50,998. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current 4 year cost of $277,580.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for University of Notre Dame.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$95,434$381,737
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$121,801$487,204
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $155,452$621,810
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $179,956$719,823

Tuition History

What was tuition at Notre Dame five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearTuitionAnnual Increase

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Notre Dame to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 217 86% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 147 87% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 110 72% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 105 91% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 75 64% costlier
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies Bachelor's Degree 75 61% costlier
Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 60 72% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 60 52% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 52 84% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 51 55% costlier
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 48 45% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 47 67% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 46 64% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 36 73% costlier
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree 35 53% costlier
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Bachelor's Degree 31 31% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 29 89% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 28 73% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 25 65% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 24 69% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 23 72% costlier
Theology/Theological Studies Bachelor's Degree 22 79% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 20 70% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 20 88% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 18 69% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 18 63% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 17 67% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 17 54% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 16 54% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 16 49% costlier
Arabic Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 12 53% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 10 61% costlier
Design and Visual Communications, General Bachelor's Degree 8 76% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 7 31% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 7 68% costlier
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 7 41% costlier
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 6 34% costlier
Physics, Other Bachelor's Degree 6 48% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 6 50% costlier
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 5 20% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 5 64% costlier
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 32% costlier
Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 32% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 4 41% costlier
Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 29% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 3 61% costlier
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 33% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 47% costlier
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering Bachelor's Degree 3 46% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 58% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 2 62% costlier
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 43% costlier
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 73% costlier
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 103% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 79% costlier
Medieval and Renaissance Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 17% costlier
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 20% costlier
Russian Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 24% costlier


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About University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame is a four year private college located in Notre Dame, Indiana.  The school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic faith.  Full time enrollment is 12,187 and part time is 206.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

University of Notre Dame
400 Main Building
Notre Dame, Indiana

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Notre Dame is a private not for profit institution.

University of Notre Dame cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=152080 IPEDS survey data.