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. Additional scholarship opportunities are included below. 

*Students applying to the Applied Computer Science Program offered through The Make School at Dominican are not eligible for Dominican Scholarships and Grants. Eligibility for Federal and State financial aid is currently under review.

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.

 

Awarded by the Office of Admissions.

  • Amount: $12,000 per year tuition award for 2020-21
  • 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: The Marin Teachers of Color Scholarship benefits underrepresented students, with preference given to African American and Latinx students living in Marin who intend to teach, or currently teach, at a Marin County public school and are enrolled in credential courses in their junior or senior years of the Education Studies program.
  • 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.

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

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. Students who transfer to the University may receive their merit scholarship for a total of 6 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.

 

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Amount: Full tuition scholarship.
  • Eligibility: Minimum weighted GPA of 3.4 with rigorous college prep curriculum.
  • Deadline: March 15

The 10,000 Degrees Scholarship is competitive. It's renewable for up to three additional years beyond first provided renewal criteria is met.

Amount will be adjusted annually based on published tuition rates.

Note: Scholarship amount may be adjusted based on Federal and/or State Grant eligibility.

Application Process 

  1. Be admitted to Dominican
  2. Submit your FAFSA (Dominican's code is 001196)
  3. Complete the 10,000 Degrees Scholarship Application, including both essay questions, by March 15, 2020.
  4. Finalists will be invited to campus for an interview.

Final selection will be made during the month of April. 

  • Amount: Full tuition scholarship.
  • Eligibility: Minimum weighted GPA of 3.4 with rigorous college preparation curriculum.
  • Deadline: March 15

The College Track Scholarship is competitive. It's renewable for up to three additional years beyond first provided renewal criteria is met.

Amount will be adjusted annually based on published tuition rates

Note: Scholarship amount may be adjusted based on Federal and/or State Grant eligibility.

Application Process

  1. Be admitted to Dominican.
  2. Submit your FAFSA (Dominican's code is 001196) 
  3. Complete the College Track Scholarship Application, including both essay questions, by March 15, 2020.
  4. Finalists will be invited to campus for an interview.

Final selection will be made during the month of April.

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.

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.

  • Amount: Up to $4,000 per academic year
  • Requirements: Must complete an Agreement to Serve and Entrance Counseling annually with the Federal Government. 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.