Financial Aid for Current Graduate Students
Students interested in federal financial aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at studentaid.gov. Dominican University's federal school code is 001750. When the financial aid office receives the results of your FAFSA, we will contact you with your next steps.
Direct Stafford Loan
Eligible students working on a master’s or doctoral program can borrow up to $20,500 in unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loans per academic year. Additional funds may be borrowed in the Direct PLUS Loan program. The total amount of financial aid a student can receive in an academic year is capped by a student's cost of attendance. The actual amount you are eligible to receive may be less than the maximum amount of $20,500. Once the FAFSA is received and the student is admitted, the Office of Financial Aid will send the student an award letter offering student loans. To accept, reduce or decline the loan offer, please complete the online Student Loan Confirmation Form. If accepting the loans, students must complete online entrance counseling and master promissory note at studentaid.gov. The loan you receive will be reported to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and can be viewed by loan servicers, schools and other authorized users. Once you have ceased half-time enrollment you are also required to complete exit counseling at studentaid.gov.
Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
The Graduate PLUS Loan is an additional loan for students working on a master's or doctoral program. The amount a student can borrow is capped by a student's cost of attendance. To request a Graduate PLUS Loan, students must complete an online credit check, master promissory, and entrance counseling for the Graduate PLUS Loan at studentaid.gov.
Private Education Loans
Private education loans may available for students who do not meet the half-time enrollment or program requirements for federal loans. They can also help bridge the any gap between the actual cost of your education and your federal loans. Some private lenders also offer private education loans for past due balances. View a partial listing of lenders that offer private educational loans. This list is not all-inclusive and you may select any participating lender of your choice. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
Cost of Attendance
Cost of attendance for graduate programs at Dominican University will vary based on program tuition rates and a student’s enrollment. The total amount of financial aid a student can receive for the academic year is capped by the total cost of attendance. Details on the cost of attendance
Visit Graduate Tuition, Fees and Expenses for graduate program tuition rates.
Email the Office of Financial Aid if you need assistance in determining your costs.
Scholarships, Assistantships and Grants
Graduate-level Dominican University scholarships and assistantships may be available. For more information contact your graduate school directly and/or visit the following pages:
- Brennan School of Business
- School of Information Studies
- School of Social Work
- School of Education
- College of Health Sciences
- College of Applied Social Sciences
The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching in a high-need field and in a low-income area. Contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have any questions.
Several scholarship search databases on the web can assist you in locating scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans available through the private sector.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
Your Dominican e-mail is the official means for communication within Dominican University. We recommend that you check your email and review your eBill often. It is your responsibility to obtain and complete any necessary financial aid application forms and submit them in a timely manner.
Funds remaining in your student account after all charges have been paid will be refunded to you. Refunds are processed within 14 days of a loan disbursement. Loan disbursements begin each semester after the add/drop date has closed. The quickest way to receive your refund is to sign up for eRefund (direct deposit) by logging on to myDU, go to the Student Tab>My Student Account>Online Payment Center.
It is important that you understand the academic policy for your program to ensure you are meeting the standards of academic progress required for continued financial aid and that you notify the financial aid office of changes to your enrollment if you are receiving federal financial aid.