Financial Aid Policies

Dominican University of California administers financial aid in accordance with regulations set forth by the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Code of Conduct

Dominican University of California Office of Financial Aid is a member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and adheres to NASFAA's Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for Institutional Financial Aid Professionals.

Consumer Information

Review required Consumer Information disclosures.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Review standards by which students maintain eligibility for federal financial aid on the Satisfactory Academic Progress page.

Withdrawal / Return to Title IV

Review policies under which Dominican may be required to return federal financial aid to the government on the Withdrawal / Return to Title IV page.

The number of units in which a student enrolls may affect their financial aid. Most federal financial aid requires at least half-time enrollment while institutional aid requires at least full-time enrollment. Students may only receive federal and institutional aid towards units that are required to complete their degree. Please use the following guide for determining a student’s level of enrollment:

Undergraduate Students:

  • Full-time: At least 12 units
  • Three-quarters-time: At least 9 units, less than 12 units
  • Half-time: At least 6 units, less than 9 units
  • Less-than-half-time: Less than 6 units

Graduate Students

  • Full-time: At least 6 units
  • Three-quarters-time: At least 4.5 units, less than 6 units
  • Half-time: At least 3 units, less than 4.5 units
  • Less-than-half-time: Less than 3 units

Financial Aid awards are calculated based on the number of units enrolled per semester. Pell Grant and Cal Grant awards are based on the number of units enrolled on the University’s Census date each semester. Changes in enrollment after this date may not result in a change in financial aid awards unless the University is required to return federal funds under the Return to Title IV regulations.

Changes in enrollment prior to the University’s last day to add/drop a class or the Census date may result in changes to the student’s financial aid awards and the amount disbursed.

Disbursements for most aid begin:

  • During the first week of the semester, and
  • Disburse once a week thereafter

Disbursements for Pell Grant and Cal Grant begin:

  • Following the University’s Census Date, and
  • Disburse once a week thereafter.

Federal Work-Study awards are not included in the above disbursement schedules. Students Employees are paid on the 15th and the 30th of each month for all hours worked during the pay period.

Receiving Your Aid

To ensure you receive your financial aid, monitor your account in Dominican’s Financial Aid Portal:

  • View your award information promptly after receiving your award notification or revision notification
  • Submit all requested items in the “Documents and Messages” section
  • Accept or decline your federal loans for the academic year