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Admissions

Phone: 574.239.8400
Fax: 574.239.8323
Email: admissions@hcc-nd.edu

Mailing address:
Holy Cross College
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 308
Notre Dame, IN 46556-0308

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Private Scholarships

Many private organizations provide scholarship opportunities. Scholarship information may be obtained by contacting civic, professional, religious, and other community organizations.

If you receive a private scholarship, please notify the Office of Financial Aid so that the award can be added to your financial aid notification. The receipt of outside scholarships may require an adjustment to previously-offered aid if your total package exceeds cost of attendance. If adjustments are necessary, offers of campus employment and Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans will be reduced before Holy Cross gift assistance. Please send all scholarship details to financialaid@hcc-nd.edu. Be sure to note if the scholarship is a one-time award or renewable each year.

Financial assistance is divided and is credited evenly to the student account between the fall and spring semesters, unless otherwise noted in writing by the organization. If you receive a check directly from a private organization, the check should be endorsed and submitted to the Office of Student Accounts for processing.

As a courtesy, Holy Cross Colleges provides the following links to help you begin your search for private scholarships. We do not, however, endorse any specific private scholarship, and you are reminded to use caution when sharing personal information with third party organizations.

These organizations provide scholarship opportunities for students who reside near Holy Cross College:

Holy Cross College is a proud member of the National Catholic College Admission Association, which offers a scholarship opportunity for students enrolling at a member institution:

Named Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of benefactors, Holy Cross College offers named scholarships for students who meet the awards’ criteria as designated by the donors. All First Year applicants who submit an application for admission and the named scholarship application on or before March 15 will be considered for these awards.

Named Scholarship Application

Those who have been nominated for a Signature Scholarship are not eligible for named scholarships. Some of these awards require demonstrated financial need; a current FAFSA must be on file for consideration of need-based named scholarships. All applicants will be notified of their scholarship status on or before April 5.

The receipt of a named scholarship may require an adjustment to previously-offered aid if the total package exceeds cost of attendance. If adjustments are necessary, offers of campus employment and Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans will be reduced before Holy Cross gift assistance.

By accepting a named scholarship, students agree to assist with activities that show gratitude toward the donor as requested by the Office of College Relations, and may include face-to-face meetings, attending donor recognition events, and sending thank-you notes as requested.


Named scholarships available for those entering fall 2019

John O’Connor Eagle Scout Endowed Scholarship
Description: Awarded to an Eagle Scout who embodies the spirit of the Boy Scouts of America. This scholarship is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of full-time attendance. Application requires a short essay response.

Nicholas Spehar Memorial Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a sibling, spouse, or child of someone who has died in the line of military duty. This scholarship may also be awarded to military veterans or the child of an active or retired member of the military. Applicants must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5. This scholarship is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of full-time attendance and requires a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA while attending Holy Cross College. Application requires a short essay response and military documentation.

The Robert & Dorothy Pfiel Endowed Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a student who resides in Saint Joseph County and has demonstrated a commitment to serving others. Applicants must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5. This scholarship is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of full-time attendance. Application requires a short essay response.

The Hesburgh Scholarship
Description: Awarded to children of Notre Dame employees with financial need who will live on campus in a residence hall. This scholarship is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of on-campus residency and full-time attendance. Application requires a short essay response.

The William and Anna Jean Cushwa Endowed Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need. The recipient must have a generous spirit and commitment to fostering educational opportunities for others in need. This scholarship is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of full-time attendance and requires a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA while attending Holy Cross College. Application requires a short essay response.

Johnny Hardesty Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need. This scholarship is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of full-time attendance. Application requires a short essay response.

The Don and Peg Claeys Endowed Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need. This scholarship is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of full-time attendance. Application requires a short essay response.


Other named scholarships awarded to current students

The Kirk E. Barbiere Science Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a sophomore female Pre-Med or Science major with a GPA of 3.33 or higher.

The Fontaine Family Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need.

Fr. Merwyn Thomas Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need.

Notre Dame Federal Credit Union Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need.

The Martin P. Thurin Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need.

The Firefly Foundation Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need.

The Jesus Guzman Scholarship
Description: Awarded to students with financial need who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, character and leadership.

The Henry Meers Expended Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need.

The Joseph T. Sullivan, Sr Scholarship
Description: Awarded to students with financial need who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, character and leadership.

The Tabit Family Scholarship
Description: Awarded to students with financial need who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, character and leadership.

The Michael & Jim Pfiel Endowed Scholarship
Description: This scholarship provides room and meals to athletes, particularly basketball players.

 

 

 

 

Merit Scholarships

All First Year and Transfer applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships. Academic performance, as displayed in the transcript and standardized test scores, is the primary factor used to determine eligibility and award level. Admitted students who are assigned a merit scholarship will be notified of the award and amount in the admissions decision packet. Not all admitted students will receive a merit scholarship.


Merit scholarship levels for those entering fall 2019 or spring 2020

The Trustee Scholarship is valued at $12,000 per academic year for a grand total of $48,000 over four years. This scholarship is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of full-time attendance and requires a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA while attending Holy Cross College.

The President’s Scholarship is valued at $10,000 per academic year for a grand total of $40,000 over four years. This scholarship is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of full-time attendance and requires a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA while attending Holy Cross College.

The Dean’s Scholarship is valued at $8,000 per academic year for a grand total of $32,000 over four years.This scholarship is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of full-time attendance and requires a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA while attending Holy Cross College.

Signature Scholarships

The Signature Scholarship is Holy Cross College’s most prestigious merit award. All First Year applicants whose applications are submitted on or before February 15 are eligible to be considered for a Signature Scholarship. Admitted students who are nominated for a Signature Scholarship will be notified of a nomination in the admissions decision packet.

If you have been nominated for a Signature Scholarship, complete the following steps to complete the awarding process:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have it sent to Holy Cross College. Our Federal School Code is 007263. If you will not be submitting the FAFSA, please inform us.
  2. Participate in an on-campus Signature Scholarship Interview Day. Parents and other family members are invited to attend as well.
    or
    Schedule an individual visit to campus and participate in an on-campus interview on the day of your choice. (On or before April 1, 2019)
    or
    Schedule a phone call interview. (On or before April 1, 2019)
    To schedule an individual visit day or phone interview, contact your admissions counselor.

Click a link below to register for an upcoming Interview Day:

  • Friday, December 14, 2018 8:30 a.m-2:30 p.m. ET (Registration Closed)
  • Friday, February 1, 2019 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ET (Registration Closed)
  • Monday, March 4, 2019 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ET (Registration Closed)
  • Friday, March 29, 2019 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ET (Registration Closed)

Tentative Interview Day Itinerary

8:30-9:00 a.m. Check-in and continental breakfast – Vincent Building Atrium
9:00-9:30 a.m. Welcome and overview – Pfeil Center Conference Room
9:40-11:15 a.m. Parent and guest meeting with campus leadership
Past participants include: College President, Provost, Dean of Students
9:40-11:15 a.m. Group and individual interviews
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Current student panel and Q&A – Pfeil Center Conference Room
12:25 p.m. Mass – St. Joseph Chapel all faith backgrounds welcome to attend
Lunch – Siegfried Dining Hall
1:30-2:30 p.m. Campus tour (optional)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a Signature Scholarship?
A: Signature Scholarships are Holy Cross College’s way of recognizing students who have special gifts to share with our campus community. These students embody talents, passions, and characteristics that will advance the mission of Holy Cross in faith, service, academics, and athletic excellence. Signature Scholarships are different from the Dean’s, President’s, and Trustee Scholarships, which are our standard merit awards. Recipients of a Signature Scholarship will not receive a standard merit award.

Q: How does the nomination process work?
A: All new First Year applicants are automatically considered for nomination as part of the application review process by the Committee on Admissions. Those applicants selected as nominees will be notified of their status in the admissions packet. The nomination process is highly selective.

Q: How many Signature Scholarships will be awarded?
A: The number of scholarships awarded will vary according to the number of nominations and quality of interviews.

Q: How much is a Signature Scholarship worth?
A: This will vary based on a student’s application for admission and interview, but scholarships typically range from $14,000-$20,000 per year, renewable for up to four years of full-time enrollment.

Q: Am I more likely to receive a Signature Scholarship if I participate in an Interview Day?
A: We prefer all scholarship nominees to visit campus for an in-person interview, but we also understand that schedules and cost of transportation will prevent some nominees from visiting campus. Therefore, all nominees who participate in an interview, whether in-person or by phone, will be similarly considered for a scholarship.

Q: Do I attend Interview Day alone or can I bring guests?
A: Parents and other guests are invited to join you for Interview Day. There will be a special session offered for parents and guests while you are participating in interviews. Guests are invited to have lunch and join the afternoon campus tour. If you attend Interview Day alone, that’s fine, too.

Q: How do I prepare for the interview?
A: Campus interviewers will have reviewed your application for admission, which includes your essays, activities, and leadership history. Be prepared to answer questions about your participation in school, community, and church extracurricular activities as well as the reasons why you think you would be a good fit for Holy Cross College. Interviews will vary in time, but will likely not exceed 30 minutes. On-campus interviews can be individual and/or with small groups of other scholarship nominees.

Q: With whom will I interview?
A: Faculty members, staff, and college leadership will serve as campus interviewers. You will be notified of your interviewer/s on Interview Day.

Q: What do I wear for the interview?
A: Remember that you are trying to impress the campus interviewers before, during, and after your interview. This includes how you dress while visiting campus. Business casual and business professional attire are acceptable.

Q: How are final Signature Scholarship decisions made?
A: A committee made of campus interviewers, admissions counselors, and financial aid staff will determine scholarship award amounts.

Q: Is there a GPA requirement to maintain the scholarship while I am enrolled at Holy Cross College?
A: Yes. Anchor Award winners are expected to maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, André Award winners are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, and Moreau Award winners are expected to maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA. If your GPA drops below the minimum, your award is subject to being reduced or removed until your GPA meets minimum requirements once more.

Q: For what other reasons could my scholarship award be adjusted?
A: The Office of Financial Aid reserves the right to adjust any Holy Cross College scholarship according to its policies. For example, the award could be adjusted if information is received (new outside scholarships, updated FAFSA, etc.) that requires an updated financial aid award letter.


The Signature Scholarships

Bl. Basil Moreau Award

Basil Moreau, a young priest and professor of Philosophy and Theology in post-revolutionary France, founded the Congregation of Holy Cross when he merged a group of “auxiliary priests” with the Brothers of St. Joseph in 1837. He sent his priests and brothers across France, and indeed the world, to revitalize the Church, educate young people, and make God known, loved, and served. At the direction of Father Moreau, Father Edward Sorin and six Holy Cross Brothers traveled from France to northern Indiana to found the University of Notre Dame in 1842. Today, the Congregation of Holy Cross oversees several colleges across the United States, including Holy Cross College. True to Moreau’s vision, Holy Cross schools around the world adopt a model of Christian education that is holistic, educating the heart and mind. Bl. Basil Moreau was beatified by Pope Benedict in 2007 in Le Mans, France.

To honor Bl. Basil Moreau, this award recognizes students whose academic achievements and zeal for seeking the truth will strengthen the classroom experience for all Holy Cross College students.

St. André Bessette Award

As a Holy Cross Brother, André Bessette lived an exemplary life of faith, hope, and charity. A simple man with little formal education, Br. André was assigned the position of doorkeeper at Notre Dame College in Montreal. Visitors began flocking to Br. André after his ministry to the afflicted and suffering resulted in miraculous healing at the intercession of St. Joseph. Because of his great love for Christ and St. Joseph, he oversaw the construction of the Oratory of St. Joseph, which continues to be a place for prayer, healing, and conversion of heart, not just for the people of Montreal, but also for pilgrims who visit it from all over the world. St. André Bessette, a humble servant of the Church, became the Congregation of Holy Cross’s first saint when he was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.

In the spirit of St. André, this award recognizes students whose dedication to faith and service will uniquely strengthen the identity of Holy Cross College as a Catholic institution. St. André Scholars are expected to be active members of the campus community, serving as models of faith and charity, while they themselves are formed as Christians called to holiness.

The Anchor Award for Athletics

Basil Moreau and André Bessette, two of the great Saints of Holy Cross, inspire us all to live heroic lives of character and mission. At Holy Cross, the Saints of our athletic teams live this out both in the classroom and on the courts, fields, and courses on which they play. For this reason, each of our varsity athletic teams selects one nominee for the Anchor Award for Athletics.

The Anchor is part of the symbol of the Congregation of Holy Cross and thus has deep roots in our history and mission. It reminds us to be strong in our faith, to act with courage even in the midst of challenge, and to be unwavering in our sacrifice for our common mission. These are the values that the best athletes exhibit on behalf of their team. Thus the Anchor Award recipient will be a steady, consistent, and reliable source of leadership in helping the team—and indeed all their fellow Holy Cross Saints—to see what heroic virtue looks like.

Portions of biographies taken from holycrosscongregation.org

Students with Military Experience

Do you currently or have you ever served in the military? Holy Cross College thanks you for your efforts!

When it is time to get back into civilian life, we inviting you to consider enrolling at Holy Cross College to prepare yourself for a career after military service.

Why Holy Cross? Through our small classes, individualized attention, and focus on experiential learning, we offer an academic environment where you can develop lasting relationships with your professors, advisors, and peers. What’s more, we are a distinctively Catholic institution which welcomes students of all faith backgrounds to attend.

Have you already completed some college-level or equivalent coursework? Holy Cross accepts military credit based upon your American Council on Education (ACE) recommendation. An official transcript is required for evaluation. To obtain one, visit: http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Transcripts-for-Military-Personnel.aspx

Regarding Financial Aid, Holy Cross is pleased to assist our veterans and their families by offering our support regarding the use of their Veteran Affairs (VA) benefits.

Post-9/11 GI Bill

Veterans who have served at least 90 days of active duty service after September 10, 2001 and received an honorable discharge will qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. To qualify for the full benefit a Veteran must have served at least 3 years of active duty after September 10, 2001. Those who qualify for the Active Duty GI Bill, the Reserve GI Bill or REAP* will have the option to choose which benefit best suits their need.

The Yellow Ribbon Program was established by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (such as colleges, universities, and other degree-granting schools) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the tuition and fee amounts payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The institution can contribute a specified dollar amount of those expenses, and VA will match the contribution, not to exceed 50% of the difference.

Calculate your benefits and research approved programs:  http://department-of-veterans-affairs.github.io/gi-bill-comparison-tool/.

For eligibility requirements, processing time schedules, and general questions, you can reach out to the Veteran Affairs Benefits Center at https://benefits.va.gov/benefits/ or by calling 1-888-442-4551.

If you have additional questions regarding the admissions process, course credits, financial aid, scholarships, or more, you are welcome to reach out to the  a member of our enrollment team for answers. Each member of the armed services has their own unique story to tell about their journey. We are interested in hearing yours!

 

Christopher Lushis, Admissions Counselor for Former & Active Military Personnel
574-239-8310
clushis@hcc-nd.edu

Hiroko Harrison, Registrar
574-239-8401
htezuka@hcc-nd.edu

Angelia Forrest, Director of Financial Aid
574-239-8362
aforrest@hcc-nd.edu

Admitted Student Overnight Program

We look forward to hosting you!

Thank you for your interest in staying overnight is a residence hall at Holy Cross College.

Required Forms

All students requesting to stay overnight in an on-campus residence hall must submit the following waiver and health forms before a student host is assigned.

Please complete and submit these forms if you will be 17 years of age or younger during your visit to Holy Cross College
Please complete and submit these forms if you will be 18 years of age or older during your visit to Holy Cross College

Completed forms can be scanned and emailed (preferred) to admissions@hcc-nd.edu or faxed to 574.239.8323.

What to Bring

  • Sleeping bag and pillow (if host advises)
  • Towel and toiletries
  • Shower sandals/shoes
  • Athletic attire and gym shoes (optional, you will have access to recreational facilities)
  • Complimentary meal passes to Siegfried Dining Hall will be provided

Holy Cross College Scholarships

Merit Scholarships

All First Year and Transfer applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships at the time of admission. There is no additional scholarship application necessary to be considered for merit scholarships. More information.

Signature Scholarships

All First Year applicants whose applications are submitted on or before February 15 are eligible to be considered for a Signature Scholarship. Signature Scholarships require an internal nomination at the time of admission and an interview prior to awarding. More information.

Named Scholarships

All First Year applicants who submit an application for admission and the named scholarship application on or before March 15 will be considered for these awards. More information.

Outside Scholarships

Local and national organizations provide scholarship opportunities for current and incoming Holy Cross students. More information.

Tuition Payment Plans

Holy Cross College has collaborated with Nelnet and Notre Dame Federal Credit Union (NDFCU) to provide semesterly payment plans for students. Using a payment plan allows students to cover their semester bill by making monthly installments over the semester. Payment plans are only for one semester at a time. A nonrefundable enrollment fee is required to set up a payment plan for each semester. The nonrefundable enrollment fee and the down payment are due at the time the plan is set up.

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Fall 2019 Semester

  • Payment plan registration opens April 6, 2019.
  • Payments are processed on the 5th of each month.
Last Day to Enroll Required Down Payment Number of Payments Months of Payments
June 25, 2019 10% 5 July through November
July 25, 2019 30% 4 August through November
August 26, 2019 40% 3 September through November
September 26, 2019 50% 2 October through November

Spring 2020 Semester

  • Payment plan registration opens October 12, 2019.
  • Payments are processed on the 5th of each month.
Last Day to Enroll Required Down Payment Number of Payments Months of Payments
November 24, 2019 10% 5 December through April
November 25, 2019 20% 5 December through April
December 24, 2019 30% 4 January through April
January 27, 2020 40% 3 February through April
For more information, please contact the Office of Student Accounts located in Driscoll Hall 103.

Dorene Muszer
Student Accounts Manager

Email: dmuszer@hcc-nd.edu
Tel: 574.239.8403
Fax: 574.239.8324

Karen Bautista Dominguez
Email: kbautistadominguez@hcc-nd.edu
Tel: 574.239-8413
Fax: 574.239.8324