Tuition Assistance and Merit Scholarships

We no longer have tuition assistance or merit scholarships at this time.

Tuition Assistance

Sending your child to Bishop O’Dowd High School is a significant financial commitment for many families. At the heart of Bishop O’Dowd High School’s mission is the commitment to provide a Catholic, college preparatory education to young men and women of all economic backgrounds. We are convinced that the gift of an O’Dowd education is a life changing experience.

All families are eligible to apply for tuition assistance since many different situations are considered. A completed admissions application must be on file in the Admissions Office in order for your family to be considered for tuition assistance.

Our tuition assistance is awarded on an annual basis by reviewing each family’s total resources, coupled with the amount of funds available. O’Dowd’s Tuition Assistance Program strives to make an O’Dowd education affordable to as many families as possible.

Presidential Merit Scholarships

The Presidential Merit Scholarship is the most prestigious academic award given to incoming freshman students. Each year, the Bishop O’Dowd High School admissions committee selects a limited number of Presidential Merit Scholars from among more than 600 applicants to the school. Presidential Merit Scholars are chosen based on their exceptional academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership skills, and community service commitment. There is no application process for the Presidential Merit Scholarship. Students are selected based on the qualifications listed above along with the High School Placement Test scores.

Presidential Merit Scholars receive $1,500 each year for a total award of $6,000 over their 4-year careers at O’Dowd. In addition to the monetary award, Presidential Merit Scholars are automatically placed in honors math, English and Social Studies courses. In order to retain the scholarship, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.

To apply for tuition assistance, you are required to print out and complete the following two forms:

1.) Bishop O'Dowd High School tuition assistance application

2.) Private School Aid Service (PSAS) student aid form

It is important to print out all pages of both files and follow all instructions carefully. Printed copies of these forms will be available in the Bishop O'Dowd High School Business Office by January 6, 2014.

To be considered for tuition assistance, both completed forms and all required documentation must be received by the school on or before:

February 6, 2014 for incoming freshmen and new transfer students

March 6, 2014 for returning students

Please include a check for $27.00 made out to Private School Aid Service. We will forward your completed form to them for processing. PSAS does not grant tuition assistance. PSAS is the service we use to assist us in assessing need for each family.

For parents of incoming freshmen: If you are turning in your PSAS application and check to one of the other high schools listed on the PSAS form, in order to be considered for tuition assistance at O'Dowd, please also turn in a copy of the PSAS application, copies of all documentation and the Bishop O'Dowd application to Bishop O'Dowd High School by February 6, 2014.



Nancy MacKinnon
Business Manager, Tuition & Tuition Assistance
(510) 577-9100 ext. 171

Finding God in All Things

9500 Stearns Ave | Oakland, CA 94605 | Phone: (510) 577-9100 | Fax: (510) 638-3259