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Ensuring Access For All Students

The O’Dowd community is deeply committed to accessibility. Our tuition covers roughly 87 percent of our expenses, with the generous philanthropy of our current families, alumni, and friends of O’Dowd fulfilling the remaining operating budget. We do this because we are dedicated to ensuring that O’Dowd is affordable to as many families as possible. Paired with tuition assistance, which funds 30 percent of our students, we remain steadfast in making O’Dowd a place of belonging for every family.

2023-2024 Tuition and Fees




Enrollment Deposit (non-refundable; not reduced by financial aid)

$25,140    Total

Additional Fees

Additional expenses may be incurred for technology and books, as well as optional student activities such as athletics, co-curricular clubs, and student programs.


of Students Receive Financial Aid


in Pandemic Emergency Funding for Families


of O’Dowd Tuition is Covered by Philanthropy

Parent Pledge

To bridge the gap between the actual cost of an O’Dowd education and tuition charged, we ask families to make an annual tax-deductible pledge of $2,100 for each of their enrolled students. The Parent Pledge directly funds our dedicated and talented teachers, and our award-winning programs, including drama, debate, athletics, and our Living Lab. The Parent Pledge also funds our enriching campus ministry program, leadership development opportunities, as well as our expanded counseling center, with student wellness programs and comprehensive academic support.

studens in classroom
Financial Aid

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

Financial aid applications will be available on this page by December 15, 2023 and must be submitted by February 1, 2024.

If you have additional questions about financial aid, please contact Nancy MacKinnon by email at


O’Dowd offers one merit-based scholarship - The Presidential Scholarship Award. It is awarded during the application process to students who exhibit exemplary academics and a strong commitment to the community. 

For families interested in additional scholarship opportunities, O’Dowd partners 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. Visit to learn more.

We do not offer athletic scholarships at O’Dowd. All financial aid is need-based.

We are here to help. Contact our business office for assistance.


Phone: (510) 577-9100 Ext. 171


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