Financial Aid


Dominican University participates in the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program. Eligibility for these federal loans is based on a review of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which must be completed online at Dominican's ID number is 001750. Students must also complete a Dominican University Direct Loan Application Packet, which is available from the financial aid office. Graduate students must be enrolled at least half time to be eligible for federal loans.

Graduate students can borrow up to $20,500 per academic year (depending on the cost of attendance and enrollment level) in Federal Direct Stafford Loans. Direct loans borrowed after July 1, 2012 will be entirely unsubsidized, meaning that the loans will accumulate interest while you are in school. As of July 1, 2014 the interest rate for Federal Direct Stafford Loans is 6.21% and PLUS is 7.21%.

Definitions of full-time and half-time enrollments are important in determining both loan and deferment eligibility. To be considered full time, a graduate student must be enrolled for nine credit hours per semester (three courses of three semester hours each) in the degree program. To be considered half time, a student must be enrolled for at least one-half of the credit hours required for full-time attendance per semester (4.5 semester hours).

Applications for financial assistance of all types and information about interest rates and deferments for all loan programs are available from the financial aid office.

Additional Resources

The U.S. Department of Education offers a great deal of information online.

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) sponsors FinAid, a financial aid information site. The FinAid site is the most comprehensive free resource for student financial aid information on the Internet. Features on the FinAid site include access to four databases of private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans that you can search free of charge; several financial aid calculators, including those on loan repayment and estimated financial contribution; and a savings plan designer.

Employment Opportunities

On-Campus employment

Each semester several openings are usually available in GSLIS for students who want to work as faculty assistants or in the SOIS office. Additional openings are often available in the Rebecca Crown Library or other departments across the university. Many are clerical, but some offer research opportunities and some of these are only open to GSLIS students. Positions are generally 10-20 hours per week. Interested students should periodically check Dominican's on-campus employment website at (click on "Student Positions").

Off-Campus Employment

There are numerous part-time library-related jobs in the Chicago metropolitan area for students interested in working part time and attending school part time. We are in active contact with potential employers around the country and keep all recent postings available online 
on Dominican's page at the College Central Network.