Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance And Key Dates

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.

Tuition Assistance applications will be available online in late December. Printed copies of these forms can be picked up in the Business Office in Dominican Hall starting in January.

To be considered for tuition assistance, incoming Freshman must complete all required forms and documentation on or before February 4, 2016.

Tuition Assistance forms must be received by February 11, 2016 for returning and transfer students.

Presidential Merit Scholarship

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 $2000 each year for a total award of $8,000 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.

Bay Scholarships

We have partnered with Bay Scholars a non-profit Catholic organization committed to providing promising low-income scholars across the Bay Areas access to a college preparatory Catholic high school education.

If you are interested in learning more about how to apply for a Bay Scholarship please visit



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

President's Tuition Letter


At Bishop O'Dowd High School we are committed to partnering with you in providing the academic excellence, values, and co-curricular experience your child needs to thrive both in high school and in the future.

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