Financial Aid Statement

We continue to experience a steep increase in financial need amongst our applicant pool that exceeds our financial aid resources.

O’Dowd is committed to scaling access to an O’Dowd education. Since 2005, financial aid has increased 300%. We currently provide more than $3 million in financial aid to our new and returning families. The admissions and financial aid committees work in collaboration to determine financial aid awards based on a comprehensive review of each student’s application. All applicants for assistance are carefully considered. Because we are committed to need-blind admissions, there are students who meet our merit-based admissions criteria who may be accepted without financial aid.

For the 2017-18 school year, we received in excess of 300 financial aid applications from our 800 freshman applicants; this, combined with our returning students, has left us with insufficient aid to meet all needs. We understand that the tuition notification you will receive on Friday may not be what you expect, and it is our hope that you will be able to fund your student’s O’Dowd education through other funding sources. We have fully allocated financial aid available for 2017 -2018 and there are insufficient funds for granting appeals.

As always, we are available to answer your questions and concerns. Please feel free to contact either Nancy MacKinnon, Business Manager, Tuition & Financial Aid, in the Business Office at 510-553-8671 at, or Kerryn Pincus Gallagher, Director of Admissions, at 510-577-9100, ext. 603, or


Kerryn Pincus Gallagher                                                                       Christine Garavaglia
Director of Admissions                                                                        Chief Financial Officer

Financial Aid

O’Dowd’s commitment to access and affordability ensures that financial aid is available to incoming 9th grade students with demonstrated financial need. It is our goal to allow as many qualified students as we have means, the opportunity to attend O’Dowd.

Financial aid applications for the 2018-2019 school year will be available here December 15, 2017.  The application deadline will be early February.


For families interested in other scholarship opportunities, O’Dowd has partnered with Bay Scholars.  Bay Scholars exists to make it possible for promising low-income students across the Bay to have access to and flourish at successful college preparatory Catholic high schools.

For more information about Bay Scholars, visit