Undergraduate Scholarships and Grants

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

Scholarships

Every Dominican student is considered for an institutional merit scholarship as soon as they’re admitted to the University. Eligibility is based on academic merit or other talents and abilities.

Admitted full-time undergraduate first-year students are automatically considered for a renewable Dominican merit scholarship. We’ll let you know as soon as you’re admitted if you are eligible. There are no applications required.

First-Year Merit Scholarships
Fall 2020-Spring 2021

Scholarship Amount GPA Requirement
Trustee Scholarship $25,000 per year 3.85 or greater
Presidential Scholarship $22,000 per year 3.50 - 3.84
Dean's Scholarship $20,000 per year 3.20 - 3.49
Dominican Scholarship $18,000 per year 3.00 - 3.19

Merit scholarships are awarded to new first-year students admitted for the corresponding academic years. Eligibility is based on a student's weighted high school GPA. Annual scholarship amounts are divided in half between the fall and spring semesters. Please note — scholarships are not awarded for the summer semester.

Scholarship Renewal Policy

Scholarships can be renewed for subsequent years of study as long as you’re enrolled at Dominican. First-year student scholarships are renewable for three additional academic years after the first year (maximum eligibility of eight semesters total). Renewal criteria includes full-time undergraduate enrollment (minimum 12 units per semester) and maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average as listed below:

  • Trustee Scholarship: minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Presidential Scholarship: minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA
  • Dean’s Scholarship: minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA
  • Dominican Scholarship: minimum 2.4 cumulative GPA

In addition to meeting the minimum cumulative GPA, to maintain Institutional aid eligibility, students must also meet Federal SAP eligibility.

 

Admitted full-time transfer students are automatically considered for the following renewable scholarships. A separate application is not required.

If you are considering transferring to Dominican, we would be glad to help you through the process.

Transfer Student Merit Scholarships
Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

Scholarship Amount GPA Requirement
Trustee Scholarship $20,000 per year Minimum 3.50
Presidential Scholarship $17,000 per year 3.00 - 3.49
Dean's Scholarship $15,000 per year 2.50 - 2.99

Annual scholarship amounts are divided in half between the fall and spring semesters. Please note — scholarships are not awarded for the summer semester.

Scholarship Renewal Policy

Scholarships can be renewed for subsequent years of study at Dominican depending on your grade level when you first began. Students who transfer at a sophomore level standing may receive and renew the scholarship for up to three years (six semesters), junior level students may receive/renew for up to two years (four semesters), and senior level students may receive/renew the scholarship for up to one year (two semesters). Renewal criteria includes full-time undergraduate enrollment (minimum 12 units per semester) and maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average as listed below:

  • Trustee Scholarship: minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Presidential Scholarship: minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA
  • Dean’s Scholarship: minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA

In addition to meeting the minimum cumulative GPA, to maintain Institutional aid eligibility, students must also meet Federal SAP eligibility.

 

Awarded by the Office of Admissions.

  • Amount: $12,000 per year tuition award
  • Eligibility: Based on academic achievement, as well as other criteria. Available to first-year students who are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Established by anonymous donors:

  • Eligibility: Available to first-year and transfer students who are Education Studies majors, juniors or seniors working on credential coursework, and/or underserved, African-American and/or Latinex students living in Marin County who express an Intent to teach in a Marin County Public School following graduation.
  • Amount: A limited partial-tuition scholarship
  • Eligibility: Available to first-year and transfer music majors (double majors included!)
  • Requirements: Audition 

Please contact music@dominican.edu for more information.

  • Amount: A limited partial-tuition scholarship
  • Eligibility: Available to first-year and transfer students

Please contact your coach for more information.

  • Amount: Limited competitive awards, $3,000 per year.
  • Eligibility: Available to first-year students in the Honors Program who maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA.

Grants

Applying for a needs-based grant is very straightforward. You simply need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after October 1 of each year. That’s it!

Learn how to complete a FAFSA on our Apply for Aid page.

  • Amount: $2,000 annual grant 
  • Eligibility: Available to non-nursing full-time undergraduate transfer students who have directly transferred from College of Marin, Diablo Valley College, Santa Rosa Junior College, Solano Community College or Napa Valley College.
  • Amount: $2,500 
  • Eligibility: Available for members of Alpha Gamma Sigma or Phi Theta Kappa honor societies transferring as an undergraduate student.
  • Requirements: Students must notify the Office of Admissions at the time of application, as well as show proof of honor society membership. 

Administered by the federal government. 

  • Amount: Varies, determined by the student’s Expected Family Contribution as calculated by the FAFSA.
  • Eligibility: Students with exceptional financial need. 
  • Requirements: Students must submit a FAFSA.

The Federal SEOG Grant is a federal grant awarded by Dominican. 

  • Eligibility: Determined by financial need and Pell Grant eligibility.

The State of California awards Cal Grants to students on the basis of financial need and high school GPA. There are two types of Cal Grants: A and B.

  • Cal Grant A awards $9,084 per academic year.
  • Cal Grant B awards $1,672 in an access award for the first academic year of enrollment. In subsequent academic years, students receive $9,084 in the Cal Grant and $1,672 in an access award.

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