The university maintains a substantial grant program (that is, gift aid that does not require repayment) for students who demonstrate need. The FAFSA serves as the application for Dominican grants, which vary in amount depending on need and other aid received.

The U.S. Department of Education awards Pell Grants to students who demonstrate high financial need. A student must be enrolled in his/her first undergraduate degree program to qualify and award amounts are contingent upon expected family contribution (EFC) and enrollment status.  Students will continue to receive the Pell Grant as long as they still demonstrate financial need levels that make them eligible and not reach their Pell Lifetime Limit award amount. 

The university participates in the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) Program. The FAFSA serves as the application for this award; awards are based on need and the availability of funds and average $1,500. These grants are limited to Pell grant recipients who live on campus. 

Illinois state monetary awards are available to Dominican students through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission Monetary Award Program (MAP). The maximum grant is currently $4,869. This need-based grant is available to Illinois residents only. The FAFSA serves as the application for the MAP Grant.