Reilly Scholar Financial Aid

Summary: All students accepted into the Reilly Five-Year Engineering / Arts & Letters Dual-Degree Program are Reilly Scholars and, through the generosity of the Reilly Endowment, gain access to five years of full eligibility for financial aid. This is administered through the Notre Dame Office of Financial Aid and includes “preferential packaging” – a heightened effort to provide students with grant rather than loan assistance – during the final years.

In 1985 an alumnus of the AL/ENG Program, Mr. John D. Reilly (BA 1963, BS Engineering 1964) presented the University with an endowment in honor of his father to support special scholarships to be awarded to students enrolled in the Reilly A&L/EG Dual-Degree Program.

The relatively high costs of a Notre Dame education make the commitment to five, rather than four, years of academic study a difficult one for students who must rely on financial aid to cover the expense of their college education. Students at Notre Dame enrolled in accredited five-year programs (e.g., architecture and AL/ENG) have the same entitlement to undergraduate financial aid from the University during their fifth year, as they did during their first four years.

Much of the ordinarily delivered financial aid, however, is available only in the form of additional loans and/or campus employment. By contrast, the Reilly Scholarship Program is in a position to make available scholarship dollars in place of non-scholarship aid for qualifying AL/ENG students. Priority for this "preferential packaging" given to Reilly Scholars continues to be on students preparing to enter their fifth and final year in the AL/ENG Program; if funds permit, preferential packaging is awarded also to fourth-year students. In recent years as many as twenty-two AL/ENG students annually have received Reilly Scholarship support.

Students who wish to be eligible for financial aid in the fifth year must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE applications in April of their fourth year (as they may have done during their earlier years at Notre Dame). Notre Dame's Office of Financial Aid administers the financial aid application and award processes for all five years, and students should contact Michael Riemke for more information or to discuss their particular circumstances. We recommended that all fourth year AL/ENG students submit the financial aid applications even if they have not previously qualified for University financial aid.


Reilly Prize

Deadline: Thursday, February 15, 2018

Submit your application now!

The Reilly Prize is given to selected rising fifth-year Reilly Scholars to specially recognize and honor their personal excellence. Reilly Prize winners receive a $1000 award and receive public recognition at Commencement. Selections are made during spring of the fourth year.

Download the 2018 Reilly Prize application form and details here. Applicants must submit all application materials to by 11:59 PM on February 15, 2018.

Click here to see past winners of the Reilly Scholar Awards.