Pregnant & Parenting Student Assistance Fund

Notre Dame’s Pregnant and Parenting Student Assistance Fund (PPSA) manifests the University’s commitment to life by assisting pregnant and parenting students and their families, by easing some of the hidden financial costs that can impose huge financial burdens for students with families living on a budget. Funding for the PPSA is secured by the Office of Life and Human Dignity in the McGrath Institute for Church Life and disbursed through the Office of Student Affairs. Although the fund does not meet the needs of every student-family, it does provide much-needed relief for families encountering a major strain on their finances. In order to attend to those student-families in most need, the PPSA prioritizes financial assistance in the following circumstances, with particular concern for undergraduate students and international students:

  • Pregnancy related expenses beyond what is available through local resources, such as the Women’s Care Center.

  • Childcare in circumstances of extreme need, especially in situations when a spouse is unable to care for children because of a medical condition or in cases when a student is solely responsible for the care of his or her child.

  • One-time emergency expenses affecting the family’s food, transportation, shelter and well-being.

  • Marital counseling in crisis situations for a maximum of 10 sessions or $1,000.

To apply for the PPSA Fund, please email Peggy Hnatusko at To learn more about services for Notre Dame student families visit