Students accepted into the Reilly Dual Degree Program in Arts and Letters/Engineering are Reilly Scholars and, through the generosity of the Reilly Endowment, gain access to five years of need-based 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) established a scholarship in honor of his father to support students enrolled in the Reilly AL/EG Dual Degree Program.
The relatively high costs of a Notre Dame education can make the commitment to five, rather than four, years of academic study a difficult one. 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.
The Reilly Scholarship Program is in a position to further help by offering qualifying AL/ENG students scholarship dollars in place of non-scholarship financial aid (such as additional loans and/or campus employment). Students are eligible for a fifth year of funding, even if they did not receive financial aid before.