Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid and that can help to directly reduce your tuition expenses. Eligibility is usually based on academic merit, financial need and/or talent in specific areas.

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Scholarship and grants can come from many sources, whether it be from federal or state government, the public sector, or private businesses. Governments provide grants based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), while private businesses may award scholarships based on an essay. Dominican awards the majority of its scholarships and grants based on academic merit and/or financial need. 

Many government organizations, non-profit entities, and private businesses offer scholarships to students. Each organization will have their own set of criteria that a student must meet in order to apply. While it’s up to you to find and apply for these scholarships, here are a few tips to help in that search:

  1. Avoid scams! Scholarships that ask for credit card or bank account information are most likely not legitimate.
  2. Create an email account to use just for applying for scholarships.
  3. Focus on applications that request an essay. You’ll have less competition.
  4. Avoid applications that only ask for your basic information. You’ll typically have more competition.

Here are a few scholarship resources to get started:

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Long-term Laptop Loan

Dominican’s Alemany Library offers a Long-Term Laptop Loan Program which provides students with laptops for use throughout the semester.

Laptop Loan Program