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Ensuring Access For All Students

The O’Dowd community is deeply committed to accessibility. Our tuition covers roughly 84 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.

2024-2025 Tuition and Fees




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

$26,440    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 $2,400 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 and Scholarships

To apply for financial aid for the 2024-2025 school year, submit the FACTS Financial Aid Application by February 1, 2024 (February 8, 2024 for returning students).

FACTS is the company O’Dowd uses to help assess need, collect income information and upload tax documentation. FACTS requires a fee of $35, paid online. Apply now.

Review our Application Instructions and FAQ

Additional Aid Opportunities

Family Aid Catholic Education (FACE) provides need-based tuition grants to students who attend Catholic schools in the Diocese of Oakland, regardless of religion, gender, ethnicity, or citizenship. If your income falls within the FACE guidelines, simply put a check in the FACE box on the FACTS application and you will be considered. No separate application is required for FACE.


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 Bay Scholars to see if your income falls within their guidelines, and apply. 


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.


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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