Residents of the United States Ineligible to Complete the FAFSA: New Students 2020–2021

All qualified U.S. resident students will be admitted and awarded merit scholarships without consideration of their citizenship status.

Any new U.S. student not eligible to complete the FAFSA who seeks additional financial assistance must submit the Dominican University financial aid student form by the published deadline in order to be considered for additional aid. Eligible students include prospective freshman and transfer students who receive the two highest merit scholarships, Presidential or Dean’s Scholarships.

If approved for additional aid, Dominican will provide grant/scholarship funding equivalent to the total gift aid of similar FAFSA eligible students at the university to reduce the self-help expectation to approximately $500/month, based on a commuter budget. Please note that the additional institutional aid received will be adjusted if the student is approved to receive funding from the state of Illinois through the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid. You can find details on the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid at https://www.isac.org/ and see details in the attached document (pdf) on how processing works at Dominican University.

Students who live in the residence halls may receive the Residence Life Grant, but no other additional Dominican University gift aid. For other students who are residents of the United States ineligible to complete the FAFSA, Dominican will not routinely award additional institutional aid.

Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid Notification Form (pdf)


Residents of the United States Ineligible to Complete the FAFSA: Returning Students 2020–2021

Residents of the United States who are ineligible for federal financial aid have had the opportunity to apply for additional funding from the university as well as from university partner organizations. Students who enroll as freshmen receive their awards for four years, transfer students have three years of aid eligibility.

Dominican University will renew institutional aid awards as are currently awarded even if the student applies for and receives state of Illinois MAP grant funding through the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid unless the student’s total financial aid award exceeds tuition and fee charges.

The Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid will be available on January 6, 2020 and the university will be notified by the state of students who are eligible to receive funding. You can find details on the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid at https://www.isac.org/ and see details in the attached document (pdf) on how processing works at Dominican University.

Please note that the total institutional scholarships and grants, outside funding and state grant funding cannot exceed tuition and fee charges for the year. None of these funds can be used to cover the cost of living on campus.

Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid Notification Form (pdf)