How to Apply for Financial Aid

Students enrolled in a graduate program at Dominican University, may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid. To apply for federal aid, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually at http://www.fafsa.gov.

Our school code for the FAFSA is 002713.

The Nurse Corps Scholarship Program (Nurse Corps SP) offers scholarships to nursing students who are willing to commit to a minimum two-year, full-time service at an eligible healthcare facility facing a critical shortage of nurses. To qualify, applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements and maintain compliance with the program's standards. 

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Types of Aid Available for Graduate Students

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans are available to students enrolled at least half-time  in required coursework per semester. Students enter repayment six months after they graduate or cease half-time enrollment.
    More information: https://dc.edu/admissions/financial-aid-2/
  • Federal Graduate PLUS Loans are available to master’s degree and graduate certificate students who need funding beyond the Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must also be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, as well as be matriculated and attending at least half-time.
  • The Brother James Kearney Scholarship for the Blind, provided by the Lavelle Fund for the Blind, Inc., awards grants up to a maximum of $15,000 per year. The scholarship aims to help make undergraduate and graduate education affordable for financially needy tri-state area students who are legally blind or severely visually impaired and capable of college-level study.
    More Information: https://lavellefund.org/scholarship-program/
  • A Rockland County Government Employee Discount is provided in the amount of $400 for every 3-credits taken online or in the classroom.
    More information: https://dc.edu/admissions/financial-aid-2/
  • Alternative Loans: Several major banks offer educational loan programs at conventional or reduced interest rates. Please consult with your bank to see if such a plan is available.
    More information: http://www.elmselect.com
  • Veterans Benefits: Dominican University strongly supports military veterans, active duty service members and their We provide programs such as the Yellow Ribbon Program, Federal Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, NYS Military Service, Recognition Scholarships and NYS Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans.
    More Information: https://dc.edu/admissions/financial-aid-2/veterans
  • Senator Patricia K. McGee Nursing Faculty Scholarship Program offers awards that are made on a competitive basis to applicants who are registered professional nurses enrolling in graduate programs that will qualify them as nursing faculty or adjunct clinical faculty.
    More Information: click here

External Scholarships

+ Education Scholarships

For MS in Education Students (Adolescence Education, Adolescence Education and Students with Disabilities, Childhood Education, Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities and Students with Disabilities):

  • The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete coursework needed to begin a career in teaching. As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must teach in a high-need field, at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families for at least four complete academic years. More information: https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/teach

For MS in Education Students (Teachers of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired):

  • The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete coursework needed to begin a career in As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must teach in a high-need field, at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families for at least four complete academic years. More information: https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/teach
  • The NY State Intensive Training Institute (ITI) Tuition Reimbursement is provided to those seeking certification as a TVI and who work or will be working in New York as a TVI in the amount of $350/credit ($1050 per course). Those who receive this tuition remission incentive must hold a valid New York State teaching certificate and promises, in writing, to serve as a TVI in New York for a minimum of two years. More information: Contact Professor Yvette Blitzer at: yvette.blitzer@duny.edu or 845.848.4119
  • The Lavelle Fund Scholarship is awarded to those who are enrolled in the 36-credit, Master’s degree TVI program. Recipients of this scholarship must be enrolled in 6 credits per term and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Scholarship amounts vary per year. More information: Contact Professor Yvette Blitzer at: yvette.blitzer@duny.edu or 845.848.4119

For the 9-24 credit non-matriculating Teachers of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired pathway:

While this pathway does not qualify for any type of Financial Aid, students can still receive:

  • The NY State Intensive Training Institute (ITI) Tuition Reimbursement is provided to those seeking certification as a TVI and who work or will be working in New York as a TVI in the amount of $350/credit ($1050 per course). Those who receive this tuition remission incentive must hold a valid New York State teaching certificate and promises, in writing, to serve as a TVI in New York for a minimum of two years. More information: Contact Professor Yvette Blitzer at: yvette.blitzer@duny.edu or 845.848.4119
+ Business Scholarships

For MBA Students (Healthcare Management, Management and the Advanced Certificate in Healthcare Management):

+ Physical Therapy Scholarships

For Entry-Level DPT Students:

+ Nursing Scholarships

For MS Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Students:

  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing provides many different scholarship opportunities. More information: https://www.sigmanursing.org/advance-elevate/scholarships/nursing-scholarship-opportunities
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners offers grants and scholarships to anyone interested in pursuing a MS Nurse Practitioner or  a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. More information: https://www.aanp.org/practice/grants-scholarships2
  • The NY State Senator Patricia McGee Nursing Faculty Scholarship Program is currently offered to increase the number of educators and adjunct clinical faculty teaching nursing education in New York State. Awards are made on a competitive basis to applicants who are registered professional nurses enrolling in graduate programs that will qualify them as nursing faculty or adjunct clinical faculty. More information: https://www.hesc.ny.gov/pay-for-college/financial-aid/types-of-financial-aid/nys-grants-scholarships-awards/senator-patricia-k-mcgee-nursing-faculty-scholarship-program.html
  • NurseThink® – AACN Scholarship supports students enrolled in master’s and doctoral nursing programs at AACN member institutions who have a desire to become future nurse faculty. More Information: https://www.aacnnursing.org/foundation/scholarships/nursethink-scholarship
  • Scholarship: Dr. Liliana Lopez and EN SU CASA, Primary Health Care are offering a Nurse Practitioner Scholarship covering 50% tuition for qualified recipients – after each semester is completed – consistent with an approved GPA. Candidates must be students entering the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) degree at Dominican College, and must be bi-lingual in Spanish and English; fluency to be determined by a qualified party. The student will also be guaranteed a clinical placement at one of En Su Casa’s clinics – and continue working with ESC for two years under our Residency Program – following the successful completion of Dominican College’s Family Nurse Practitioner course of study. 

  • Clinical Program (internship): En Su Casa is offering a Clinical Program (internship) for qualified Nurse Practitioner students at Dominican College. The program will consist of weekly clinical hours to be conducted at one of the ESC clinics and under the direct supervision of an experienced licensed Nurse Practitioner. Qualified students will meet with Dr. Lopez after each term for performance review and continued mentorship. At the completion of the student’s clinical rotation – qualified students will be eligible to apply for En Su Casa’s Residency Program, after graduating from the Dominican College Family Nurse Practitioner course of study.