University description (as per official university website)
Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is the only four-year accredited university in San Mateo County.
Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1851, NDNU is a private, independent, Catholic, co-educational institution. The 50-acre campus is located in the city of Belmont on the San Francisco Peninsula. The University combines a residential and commuter undergraduate program with evening programs for working adults at both undergraduate and graduate levels. NDNU currently enrolls approximately 1600 students from 20 states and 35 foreign countries.
The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur came to the San Francisco Bay Area from their mission schools in Oregon. While visiting the Bay Area they established an institute of higher learning, College of Notre Dame, in the city of San Jose. The school was chartered in 1868 as the first college in the state of California authorized to grant the baccalaureate degree to women.
The Sisters soon outgrew their facility in the South Bay and moved the campus to Belmont in 1923. They purchased Ralston Hall, the country estate of William Chapman Ralston, San Francisco financier and founder of the Bank of California. The Hall became the center of the campus and in recent years has been designated as a California Historical Landmark.
Notre Dame de Namur University is celebrating its 156th year of service to the community. The University has grown into a co-educational, fully accredited institution that offers degrees in 33 undergraduate majors. Fifth-year credential programs in education and master’s degrees in business, teacher education, psychology, English, and music are also available.
Understanding Your Financial Aid Award
This is your guide to your financial aid award at Notre Dame de Namur University. Please know that the Financial Aid Staff is here to assist you in financing your education and understanding your financial options. On your financial aid award letter, you will find the types of aid awarded to you and the amounts of each of the award(s) in your package. We’ve packaged you with aid you are eligible to receive. If you wish to decline or adjust an award downward, please let us know by contacting us at (650) 508-3600.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR WHAT TYPES OF AID?
Students in different programs are eligible for different types of aid as follows:
Full-time Undergraduates are considered for:
• Grants (Pell, ACG Grant, SMART Grant, Cal Grant, Supplemental Grant, NDNU Grant (based on need)
• Scholarships (based on merit and need)
• Perkins Loans (based on need)
• Federal Work-Study (based on need)
• Stafford Subsidized Loans (based on need)
• PLUS Loans (for parents)
• Unsubsidized Stafford Loans for independent students
Part-Time Undergraduates are considered for:
• Pell Grant
• Cal Grant
• Stafford Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Loans
• PLUS Loans (for parents)
Credential Students are considered for:
• Pell Grant
• Cal Grant
• Stafford subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans at 5th year level
Graduate Students are considered for:
• Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans at Graduate level
• PLUS Loans (for graduate students only)
PELL GRANTS: The Federal Pell Grant is awarded to students based upon the information the student and family provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). These grants are based on need as assessed by the U.S. Department of Education. Grants range from $400 to $5350.
ACG (Academic Competitiveness Grant): This grant is awarded to first year students ($750) and second year students ($1300) who are Pell eligible, US Citizens, and have completed an academically rigorous high school program. Second year ACG recipients must also have a 3.0 GPA in their first year of study to maintain eligibility.
SMART Grant: Is available to Pell eligible students in certain science and math programs for the third and fourth year of study. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Awards are $4000 annually.
FSEOG: The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is awarded to students by NDNU based upon the information the students and their families provided on the FAFSA. Funds are awarded to students who have been awarded Pell Grant and have the lowest Expected Family Contributions. Awards range up to $1500.
NDNU GRANTS: These grants are awarded to students based on family income and assets reported on the FAFSA as well as whether the student is living on or off-campus. Please note: NDNU Grants are only available to full-time students at NDNU (taking a minimum of 12 units per semester.) Awards range from $500 to $15,000.
BELMONT, PRESIDENTIAL & PROVOST SCHOLARSHIPS: These scholarships are awarded by NDNU to entering students based upon their academic and extracurricular achievements. Family income and assets are not taken into consideration. In order to renew these scholarships each year, students must maintain good academic standing. Awards range from $2500 to $24,000.
LEADERSHIP, TALENT, ATHLETIC AND INDIVIDUAL SPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS: These are awarded by faculty members and coaches at NDNU based upon students’ talents in specific areas and are not based upon financial need. In order to renew these scholarships each year, students must participate in their designated area to the satisfaction of requirements set forth by coaches and faculty. Amounts vary by program.
NAMED ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS: Endowed scholarships are awarded to NDNU students who have met the donor’s award requirements. Some scholarships may be based upon need and/or academic standing. (If you are awarded this scholarship, NDNU will assume that you have given permission to release information pertaining to your academic records at NDNU, unless we receive a written statement from you stating otherwise.) Recipients of endowed scholarships are also required to contact their donors with a thank-you letter.
CAL GRANTS A & B: The Cal Grant is a California state scholarship program that is available only to students who are residents or children of taxpayers in California. Eligibility for Cal A or B is determined by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) based upon family income, assets and the academic record of the student. Awards for 2008-09 are scheduled to be $9708. Cal Grant B also carries a stipend of an additional $1551 that is credited to your student account. Cal B first year awards are stipend only. Awards made before the California State budget is finalized are estimates and subject to change.
TEACH GRANTS: The TEACH Grant is new for 2008-09 and is intended to provide $4000 in additional federal grant funding to students who intend to teach. If you’ve received a TEACH Grant in your award, it is because you’ve indicated on your FAFSA that you will be a teacher and your entering GPA is 3.25 or higher. This grant reverts to a loan if you don’t teach in a high need subject area in a low income school for four of your first eight years out of college. A special orientation session must be attended before this grant will be applied to your student account.
FEDERAL WORK-STUDY (FWS): Federal Work-Study funds are earned by the student. Pay rates range from $10 to $13 an hour depending on the type of work performed. Eligible students have the option of working in designated positions on- or off-campus to earn these funds. A packet of information will be mailed to awarded students in July and a workshop will be held during Orientation in August. Awards are normally $2000 per year. Because of limited funds in this program, priority is given to students who apply by the March 2nd priority deadline.
FEDERAL PERKINS LOANS: Perkins Loans are awarded to NDNU’s highest need students. The interest on the Perkins Loan is paid by the Federal Government while the student is in school. Repayment is over a 10 year period at a 5% interest rate. Awards are $1000 annually.
SUBSIDIZED STAFFORD LOANS: Awards are based on need. On the subsidized loan, the federal government is paying the interest for you while you’re in school. Repayment begins six months after you graduate or drop below half-time status. The interest rate is fixed at 6.1% (on or after July 1 2008) and is paid for the student while in school. Maximum award amounts depend on your year in school and range from $3500 to $5500 for undergraduates and are $8500 annually for graduates.
UNSUBSIDIZED STAFFORD LOANS: These loans are not based on financial need. Interest is accruing on the loan while you are in school. Repayment begins six months after you graduate or drop below half-time status. The interest rate is fixed at 6.1%. Independent students and undergraduate students whose parents do not qualify for the PLUS Loan program (see below) may also apply for additional Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan funds. Maximum loan amounts are $4000 for first and second year students and $5000 for junior and senior level students. Graduate students may borrow up to $12000 annually.
FEDERAL PARENT LOANS: PLUS loans are not based on financial need so parents may borrow from this program to replace a part or all of the Expected Family Contribution. The maximum loan is based on the Cost of Attendance minus other financial aid. These loans are available to parents who have satisfactory credit histories and whose dependent students are studying at least half time. The interest rate is 8.5%. Interest accrues and repayment begins 60 days after the final disbursement for the year.
PLUS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS: Graduate students who need more than the Stafford loans, may apply for Graduate PLUS loans. Terms are the same as for parent borrowers of undergraduate students.
PRIVATE LOANS: Private loans may be available to help bridge the gap between financial aid and the cost of education. The terms of these loans differ according to the lender and you should compare the information to determine which loan best suits your needs.