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.
Scholarships from Dominican may only go towards tuition unless otherwise noted. If a student receives more tuition only aid than their tuition charges, their institutional scholarships may be reduced. Students may only receive institutional scholarships while completing their undergraduate degree unless otherwise noted. If a student enrolls as a graduate student, they will not be eligible for undergraduate institutional scholarships.
*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 2021-Spring 2022
|Scholarship||Award Range*||GPA Requirement|
|Presidential Scholarship||$17,000 -$22,000||3.50-3.84|
*Final award amount is determined by a variety of factors including GPA, coursework, application, essay, and/or RaiseMe Microscholarships.
Fall 2020-Spring 2021
|Scholarship||External Award Range*||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 meeting Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
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.
Admitted full-time transfer students are automatically considered for the following renewable scholarships. A separate application is not required.
Transfer Student Merit Scholarships
Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
|Scholarship||External Award Range*||GPA Requirement|
|Trustee Scholarship||$15,000-$20,000||Minimum 3.50|
*Final award amount is determined by a variety of factors including GPA, coursework,application, essay, and/or RaiseMe Microscholarships.
Fall 2020 - Spring 2021
|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 meeting Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
- 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. Must be a member of the Honors Program in order to maintain eligibility in future semesters.
- 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.
Dominican is a member of both Tuition Exchange, Inc. and The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). As a member of these programs, we offer a limited number of competitive Tuition Exchange Scholarships to dependent students of Faculty and Staff employed at other member institutions to attend Dominican.
Note: If you are the dependent student of a Dominican Faculty or Staff, more information on the Tuition Waiver program to attend Dominican or how Tuition Exchange applies for you can be found on the Human Resources Benefits website.
Tuition Exchange Scholarships are available to incoming first-year and transfer students, and continuing students, in the Undergraduate program.
Please note: Students in the BFA in Dance program, offered in conjunction with the LINES Ballet Company of San Francisco, and students in the BS in Applied Computer Science program, offered through Make School at Dominican in San Francisco, are not eligible for the Tuition Exchange Scholarship due to the terms of those partnerships.
These scholarships cannot be used in combination with any other Dominican scholarship or grant, and the awarding of this scholarship supersedes any other scholarship or grant offer.
The scholarship is available for up to four years (eight semesters) of full-time undergraduate enrollment, depending on grade level at time of enrollment. To remain eligible for a Tuition Exchange Scholarship once enrolled at Dominican, a student must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards graduation and maintain good academic and social standing as defined in the University Catalog and Student Handbook and Code of Conduct respectively.
Eligibility is verified each year and students are reviewed for SAP along with academic and social standing each semester. If a student is found to be in violation of the eligibility requirements, they may receive a warning or their eligibility may be rescinded immediately depending on the nature of the violation.
- Tuition Exchange, Inc. Scholarships are $39,000 for the 2021-22 academic year*
- CIC Tuition Exchange Scholarships will cover full tuition for the 2021-22 academic year*
*Tuition Exchange Scholarship amounts may be adjusted if the student is also eligible for the Cal Grant due to the regulations set by the California Student Aid Commission regarding the awarding of the Cal Grant.
Please contact the Tuition Exchange Liaison Officer at the Institution where the parent is employed as Faculty or Staff for eligibility information and guidance on how to start the application process. If you are unsure as to who that person is, please review the appropriate Participating Schools website (Tuition Exchange Inc. Participating Schools and CIC Participating Schools)
Once approved by the Export (Home) School, the application will be sent to Dominican (Import School). To be considered for a Tuition Exchange Scholarship, both the Tuition Exchange Application and the Application for Admission to Dominican must be submitted and completed by February 1 for consideration. Applications submitted and/or completed after that date will only be considered only if space is available.
Dominican will review all applications received and notify students of their award status no later than April 1. The Tuition Exchange Scholarships are competitive and the University receives more applications than space available each year. The number of awards offered varies each year, but is usually between two and four per program.
- Amount: $1,000 per year
- Eligibility: This scholarship is funded by generous donors and is available to children and/or grandchildren of Dominican graduates. The child and/or grandchild must have an incoming GPA of 3.0 or higher and be pursuing a Bachelor's Degree. This scholarship is renewable up to a total of 8 semesters for a first-year student and up to 6 semesters for a transfer student, provided the student remains enrolled, maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and continues to make Satisfactory Academic Progress towards graduation.
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. Learn how to complete a FAFSA on our Apply for Aid page.
Grants from Dominican may only go towards tuition unless otherwise noted. If a student receives more tuition only aid than their tuition charges, their institutional grants may be reduced. Students may only receive institutional grants while completing their undergraduate degree unless otherwise noted. If a student enrolls as a graduate student, they will not be eligible for undergraduate institutional grants.
The Dominican Grant is a need-based grant that students may qualify for based on their FAFSA information. All students that submit a FAFSA are automatically reviewed for Dominican Grant eligibility. There are no applications required beyond the FAFSA.
- Amount: Minimum $500 annual grant
- Eligibility: Students with financial need
- Requirements: Students must submit a FAFSA each academic year and maintain full-time enrollment (12 units per semester).
- Renewal Policy: The Dominican Grant can be renewed for a limited number of subsequent years of study as long as eligibility requirements are met.
- Students admitted as a first-year student: Up to four academic years (eight semesters) total.
- Students admitted as a transfer student: Up to three academic years (six semesters) total.
- Who: First-Year and Transfer Students who qualify for aid under the California Dream Act
- Eligibility: Students who submit a California Dream Act Application (CADAA) and are eligible to receive a Cal Grant. Renewable up to a total of 8 semesters for a first-year student and up to a total of 6 semesters for a transfer student as long as the student remains enrolled, remains eligible for the Cal Grant, and makes Satisfactory Academic Progress towards graduation.
- Amount: Students with a CADAA EFC between 0 and 6000 are eligible for $10,000 per year; Students with a CADAA EFC over 6001+ are eligible for $7,500 per year.
- 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.