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Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives


Pregnant and Parenting Student Assistance Fund (PPSA)

Notre Dame’s Pregnant and Parenting Student Assistance Fund (PPSA) manifests the University’s commitment to life by assisting undergraduate and graduate students encountering a planned or unanticipated pregnancy and by easing some of the hidden financial costs facing student-families, costs that can impose huge financial burdens for students living on a budget.  Funding is secured by Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity in the McGrath Institute for Church life and disbursed through the Office of Student Affairs.  The PPSA manifest the University’s hospitality to life and its concern for the wellbeing of pregnant and parenting students and their families by continuing Notre Dame’s tradition of providing layers of assistance, including financial assistance for students throughout their pregnancy and beyond.  In addition to continuing its commitment to accompanying students in crisis, the PPSA also aims to broaden support to all Notre Dame student-families by offering targeted assistance at critical moments when a small grant can make huge difference.  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:

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

[2] 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 graduate student is also solely responsible for the care of his or her child.

[3] One-time emergency expenses affecting health, food, transportation, and shelter.

[4] Marital Counseling in crisis situations for a maximum of 10 sessions or $1,000.