Graduate Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants are available from the University, the federal government, and the State of California.

Depending on the program, you may be considered for an institutional merit scholarship as soon as you are admitted to the University. Eligibility is based on academic merit or other talents and abilities. Additional scholarship opportunities are included below. 

Scholarships and Grants from Dominican can only be applied toward tuition unless otherwise noted. If a student receives more tuition-only-aid than the cost of their tuition, their institutional scholarships may be reduced. Students may only receive institutional scholarships while completing their graduate degree unless otherwise noted. 

Applying for a federal grant is easy. Simply complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn how to complete the FAFSA on our Apply for Aid page.

La Vida Dominican - Financial Support

In addition to merit and other scholarship and financial aid opportunities available to all students, LVDP offers direct financial help specifically for Latinx students with demonstrated need through a limited number of competitive scholarships and assistantships. All students should consult with the Financial Aid Office to learn more about Graduate Tuition and Aid. Please contact lvdp@dominican.edu for more information.

Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid and that can help to directly reduce your tuition expenses. View applicable scholarships below.

Merit Scholarship

ScholarshipsEligibility RequirementAmount
Academic Excellence Scholarship3.55 - 4.0 GPA30% of tuition
Departmental Scholarship3.35 - 3.54 GPA20% of tuition
Graduate Scholarship3.25 - 3.34 GPA10% of tuition

Scholarship may also be available for applicants with satisfactory GMAT and/or GRE scores. For more information, contact your admissions counselor (415) 257-1376, michele.richards@dominican.edu or register for a counseling appointment.

  1. How to Apply

    • MSA students are eligible for the following scholarships when they meet the priority admission application deadline. When you apply by this deadline, you will automatically be considered for any eligible scholarships. 
  2. Scholarship Eligibility, Terms and Conditions

    • Scholarships are awarded based on the grade point average (GPA) of the last 60 units earned by the student as determined at the time of admission.
    • Scholarships are renewable for up to two additional years beyond the first year of award, provided the student continues to meet the terms and conditions.
    • Students must complete all courses attempted (grades of I, F, UF, and W do not represent a completed course).
    • Students must maintain continuous enrollment at Dominican. If a student stops out or takes a Leave of Absence for more than one term, they are no longer eligible for the scholarship.
    • Students who are completing a combined undergraduate and graduate program at Dominican, such as a 4+1 or Dual/Dual Program, are not eligible.

Local, Public and Private Scholarships

Visit Outside Scholarships to learn more about local, public and private scholarships. 

Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid and that can help to directly reduce your tuition expenses.

Local, Public and Private Scholarships

Visit Outside Scholarships to learn more about local, public and private scholarships.

Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid and that can help to directly reduce your tuition expenses.

Local, Public and Private Scholarships

Visit Outside Scholarships to learn more about local, public and private scholarships.

Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid and that can help to directly reduce your tuition expenses.

Local, Public and Private Scholarships

Visit Outside Scholarships to learn more about local, public and private scholarships.

Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid and that can help to directly reduce your tuition expenses.

Local, Public and Private Scholarships

Visit Outside Scholarships to learn more about local, public and private scholarships.

Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid and that can help to directly reduce your tuition expenses. 

Merit Scholarship

ScholarshipsEligibility RequirementAmount
Academic Excellence Scholarship3.55 - 4.0 GPA30% of tuition
Departmental Scholarship3.35 - 3.54 GPA20% of tuition
Graduate Scholarship3.25 - 3.34 GPA10% of tuition
  1. How to Apply

  2. Scholarship Eligibility, Terms and Conditions

    • Students must be conducting research in a Dominican lab with Dominican faculty.
    • Scholarships are awarded based on the grade point average (GPA) of the last 60 units earned by the student as determined at the time of admission.
    • Scholarships are renewable for up to two additional years beyond the first year of award, provided the student continues to meet the terms and conditions.
    • Students must complete all courses attempted (grades of I, F, UF, and W do not represent a completed course).
    • Students must maintain continuous enrollment at Dominican. If a student stops out or takes a Leave of Absence for more than one term, they are no longer eligible for the scholarship.
    • Students who are completing a combined undergraduate and graduate program at Dominican, such as a 4+1 or Dual/Dual Program, are not eligible.

Buck Institute Scholarship

  • Award Amount: Please contact your admissions counselor for further details.
  • Eligibility: Must be completing their research through Buck Institute.
  • How to Apply: Please reach out to your admissions counselor to apply.

BioMarin Scholarship

  • Award Amount: Please contact your admissions counselor for further details.
  • Eligibility: Must be completing their research through BioMarin.
  • How to Apply: Please reach out to your admissions counselor to apply.

Local, Public and Private Scholarships

Visit Outside Scholarships to learn more about local, public and private scholarships. 

Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid and that can help to directly reduce your tuition expenses. View applicable scholarships below.

Merit Scholarship

ScholarshipsEligibility RequirementAmount
Academic Excellence Scholarship3.55 - 4.0 GPA30% of tuition
Departmental Scholarship3.35 - 3.54 GPA20% of tuition
Graduate Scholarship3.25 - 3.34 GPA10% of tuition

Scholarship may also be available for applicants with satisfactory GMAT and/or GRE scores. For more information, contact your admissions counselor (415) 257-1376, michele.richards@dominican.edu or register for a counseling appointment.

  1. How to Apply

    • MBA students are eligible for the following scholarships when they meet the priority admission application deadline. When you apply by this deadline, you will automatically be considered for any eligible scholarships. 
  2. Scholarship Eligibility, Terms and Conditions

    • Scholarships are awarded based on the grade point average (GPA) of the last 60 units earned by the student as determined at the time of admission.
    • Scholarships are renewable for up to two additional years beyond the first year of award, provided the student continues to meet the terms and conditions.
    • Students must complete all courses attempted (grades of I, F, UF, and W do not represent a completed course).
    • Students must maintain continuous enrollment at Dominican. If a student stops out or takes a Leave of Absence for more than one term, they are no longer eligible for the scholarship.
    • Students who are completing a combined undergraduate and graduate program at Dominican, such as a 4+1 or Dual/Dual Program, are not eligible.

Local, Public and Private Scholarships

Visit Outside Scholarships to learn more about local, public and private scholarships. 

Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid and that can help to directly reduce your tuition expenses. View applicable scholarships below.

Merit Scholarship

ScholarshipsEligibility RequirementAmount
Academic Excellence Scholarship3.55 - 4.0 GPA30% of tuition
Departmental Scholarship3.35 - 3.54 GPA20% of tuition
Graduate Scholarship3.25 - 3.34 GPA10% of tuition

Scholarship may also be available for applicants with satisfactory GMAT and/or GRE scores. For more information, contact your admissions counselor (415) 257-1376, michele.richards@dominican.edu or register for a counseling appointment.

  1. How to Apply

    • EMBA students are eligible for the following scholarships when they meet the priority admission application deadline. When you apply by this deadline, you will automatically be considered for any eligible scholarships. 
  2. Scholarship Eligibility, Terms and Conditions

    • Scholarships are awarded based on the grade point average (GPA) of the last 60 units earned by the student as determined at the time of admission.
    • Scholarships are renewable for up to two additional years beyond the first year of award, provided the student continues to meet the terms and conditions.
    • Students must complete all courses attempted (grades of I, F, UF, and W do not represent a completed course).
    • Students must maintain continuous enrollment at Dominican. If a student stops out or takes a Leave of Absence for more than one term, they are no longer eligible for the scholarship.
    • Students who are completing a combined undergraduate and graduate program at Dominican, such as a 4+1 or Dual/Dual Program, are not eligible.

Local, Public and Private Scholarships

Visit Outside Scholarships to learn more about local, public and private scholarships. 

Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid and that can help to directly reduce your tuition expenses. View applicable scholarships below.

Merit Scholarship

ScholarshipsEligibility RequirementAmount
Academic Excellence Scholarship3.55 - 4.0 GPA30% of tuition
Departmental Scholarship3.35 - 3.54 GPA20% of tuition
Graduate Scholarship3.25 - 3.34 GPA10% of tuition

Scholarship may also be available for applicants with satisfactory GMAT and/or GRE scores. For more information, contact your admissions counselor (415) 257-1376, michele.richards@dominican.edu or register for a counseling appointment.

  1. How to Apply

    • MSBA students are eligible for the following scholarships when they meet the priority admission application deadline. When you apply by this deadline, you will automatically be considered for any eligible scholarships. 
  2. Scholarship Eligibility, Terms and Conditions

    • Scholarships are awarded based on the grade point average (GPA) of the last 60 units earned by the student as determined at the time of admission.
    • Scholarships are renewable for up to two additional years beyond the first year of award, provided the student continues to meet the terms and conditions.
    • Students must complete all courses attempted (grades of I, F, UF, and W do not represent a completed course).
    • Students must maintain continuous enrollment at Dominican. If a student stops out or takes a Leave of Absence for more than one term, they are no longer eligible for the scholarship.
    • Students who are completing a combined undergraduate and graduate program at Dominican, such as a 4+1 or Dual/Dual Program, are not eligible.

Local, Public and Private Scholarships

Visit Outside Scholarships to learn more about local, public and private scholarships. 

 

Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid and that can help to directly reduce your tuition expenses. 

Counseling Psychology Scholarship

ScholarshipsEligibility RequirementAmount
Masters of Counseling Psychology Scholarship3.25 GPA$2,000
for each term
  1. Award Amount

    • If selected, a recipient will receive $2,000 each term the student is enrolled in at least six (6) units for up to a total of 3 years.
  2. Eligibility

    • 3.25 GPA for the last 60 units of undergraduate or graduate coursework.
    • Passion for the field of counseling as demonstrated in the Statement of Purpose and Autobiography.
    • Financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA.
    • Current applicant to the MS Counseling Psychology program.
  3. How to Apply

    Apply by the priority admission deadline and complete the following:

The scholarship committee will review all eligible applications and award scholarships based on the above criteria. When a student is awarded a scholarship, they must submit their deposit within two weeks of notification.

If the deposit is paid and the student defers to a subsequent term of enrollment, the scholarship will be cancelled and another recipient will be selected. The student may be reconsidered for the scholarship in the subsequent term if funds are available and another application is submitted.

Local, Public and Private Scholarships

Visit Outside Scholarships to learn more about local, public and private scholarships. 

Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid and that can help to directly reduce your tuition expenses. 

MFA Grant

Award Amount

All students in the MFA Program receive an MFA Grant of $300 for each term of enrollment in the program, for up to a total of 3 years.

How to Apply

In order for the MFA Grant to be awarded, students must complete the Dominican Financial Aid Application.

Endowed Scholarships

The University has some endowed scholarships funded by generous donors available to students in the MFA program. The amounts and availability of these scholarships vary each year. Recipients are selected by program faculty and the Office of Financial Aid usually between November and February of the academic year in which they are awarded. Contact finaid@dominican.edu for more information. 

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Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid and that can help to directly reduce your tuition expenses. View applicable scholarships below.

Merit Scholarship

ScholarshipsEligibility RequirementAmount
Academic Excellence Scholarship3.55 - 4.0 GPA30% of tuition
Departmental Scholarship3.35 - 3.54 GPA20% of tuition
Graduate Scholarship3.25 - 3.34 GPA10% of tuition

Graduate test score scholarships may also be available for applicants with satisfactory GMAT and/or GRE scores. For more information, contact your admissions counselor.

  1. How to Apply

    • MSC students are eligible for the following scholarships when they meet the priority admission application deadline. When you apply by this deadline, you will automatically be considered for any eligible scholarships. 
  2. Scholarship Eligibility, Terms and Conditions

    • Scholarships are awarded based on the grade point average (GPA) of the last 60 units earned by the student as determined at the time of admission.
    • Scholarships are renewable for up to two additional years beyond the first year of award, provided the student continues to meet the terms and conditions.
    • Students must complete all courses attempted (grades of I, F, UF, and W do not represent a completed course).
    • Students must maintain continuous enrollment at Dominican. If a student stops out or takes a Leave of Absence for more than one term, they are no longer eligible for the scholarship.
    • Students who are completing a combined undergraduate and graduate program at Dominican, such as a 4+1 or Dual/Dual Program, are not eligible.

Local, Public and Private Scholarships

Visit Outside Scholarships to learn more about local, public and private scholarships. 

 

Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid and that can help to directly reduce your tuition expenses. View applicable scholarships below.

Merit Scholarship

ScholarshipsEligibility RequirementAmount
Academic Excellence Scholarship3.55 - 4.0 GPA30% of tuition
Departmental Scholarship3.35 - 3.54 GPA20% of tuition
Graduate Scholarship3.25 - 3.34 GPA10% of tuition
  1. How to Apply

    • MSED students are eligible for the following scholarships when they meet the priority admission application deadline. When you apply by this deadline, you will automatically be considered for any eligible scholarships. 
  2. Scholarship Eligibility, Terms and Conditions

    • Scholarships are awarded based on the grade point average (GPA) of the last 60 units earned by the student as determined at the time of admission.
    • Scholarships are renewable for up to two additional years beyond the first year of award, provided the student continues to meet the terms and conditions.
    • Students must complete all courses attempted (grades of I, F, UF, and W do not represent a completed course).
    • Students must maintain continuous enrollment at Dominican. If a student stops out or takes a Leave of Absence for more than one term, they are no longer eligible for the scholarship.
    • Students who are completing a combined undergraduate and graduate program at Dominican, such as a 4+1 or Dual/Dual Program, are not eligible.

Local, Public and Private Scholarships

Visit Outside Scholarships to learn more about local, public and private scholarships.

Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid and that can help to directly reduce your tuition expenses. 

Merit Scholarship

ScholarshipEligibility RequirementAmount
Academic Excellence Scholarship3.55 - 4.0 GPA25% of tuition
Departmental Scholarship3.35 - 3.54 GPA15% of tuition
Graduate Scholarship3.25 - 3.34 GPA10% of tuition
  1. How to Apply

    1. MSED + Teaching Credential students are eligible for the following scholarships when they meet the priority admission application deadline. When you apply by this deadline, you will automatically be considered for any eligible scholarships. 
  2. Scholarship Eligibility, Terms and Conditions

    1. Scholarships are awarded based on the grade point average (GPA) of the last 60 units earned by the student as determined at the time of admission.
    2. Scholarships are renewable for up to two additional years beyond the first year of award, provided the student continues to meet the terms and conditions.
    3. Students must complete all courses attempted (grades of I, F, UF, and W do not represent a completed course).
    4. Students must maintain continuous enrollment at Dominican. If a student stops out or takes a Leave of Absence for more than one term, they are no longer eligible for the scholarship.
    5. Students who are completing a combined undergraduate and graduate program at Dominican, such as a 4+1 or Dual/Dual Program, are not eligible.

School Employee Scholarship

Dominican is proud to offer the School Employee Scholarship for eligible candidates who are currently working in a public or private school. 

  • The scholarship amount is 25% of tuition applicable while completing credential coursework.
  • The scholarship is renewable each year up to a maximum of two years from the start of your enrollment. 
  • Please note that students are eligible for either a Graduate Merit Scholarship OR the School Employee Scholarship, not both.

In order to verify if you are eligible to receive the School Employee Scholarship, please complete the employment verification form and return it to your admissions counselor.

Teachers of Color (TOC) Scholarship

The Teachers of Color (TOC) Scholarship benefits underrepresented students, who intend to teach, or currently teach, at a Marin, Alameda, or Contra Costa County public school and are enrolled in the Teaching Credential portion of the MS Education degree. 

  • The scholarship amount is up to 50% of tuition applicable while completing credential coursework.
  • Preference is given to African American and Latinx students living in Marin, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties.
  • The scholarship award is renewable while the student is completing the Teaching Credential courses provided the student maintains a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA).

Golden State Teacher Grant Program

Students applying for this program must be currently enrolled in a professional teacher preparation program within an accredited California institution of higher education that is approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) (such as Dominican University of California). 

The one-time Golden State Teacher Grant funds up to $20,000 that will be awarded if you commit to the following:

  • You will teach in the “high need” field of Special Education, at a priority school, as determined by the CTC, for four years, within five years after you receive the teaching credential.
  • A “priority school” means either a school with a high percentage, as determined by the CTC in consultation with the State Department of Education (CDE), of teachers holding emergency-type permits, based on the most recent data available to the CTC and the CDE, or a school with a high percentage, as determined by the CTC in consultation with the CDE, of low-income students.
    • “Emergency-type permits” include, but are not limited to, any of the following:
    • Provisional internships
    • Short-term staff permits
    • Credential waivers
    • Substitute permits
  • You will repay the Commission 25 percent of the total award annually, up to full repayment of the award, for each year if you fail to do one or more of the following:
    • Be enrolled in or have successfully completed a teacher preparation program approved by the CTC.
    • While enrolled in the teacher preparation program, maintain good academic standing.
    • Complete the required teaching service following completion of your teacher preparation program.

Please contact goldenstateteachers@csac.ca.gov for more information. 

Apply for the Golden State Teacher Grant 

TEACH Grant

Students pursuing a career in teaching at elementary or secondary schools may receive the TEACH Grant from the Federal Government.

  • Amount: Up to $4,000 per academic year
  • Requirements: Students must agree to teach at a low-income school in a high need field for four years within 8 years of completing their degree for which they received the TEACH Grant.
  • How to Apply: 

Local, Public and Private Scholarships

Visit Outside Scholarships to learn more about local, public and private scholarships.

Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid and that can help to directly reduce your tuition expenses. 

Local, Public and Private Scholarships

Visit Outside Scholarships to learn more about local, public and private scholarships.

Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid and that can help to directly reduce your tuition expenses. 

Local, Public and Private Scholarships

Visit Outside Scholarships to learn more about local, public and private scholarships.