TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID
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)
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
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.
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.
To apply for financial aid for the 2023-2024 school year, submit both of the online applications linked below. The first application is to FACTS, the company we use to help assess need and collect income and tax documentation, which must be uploaded or faxed and which requires a fee to FACTS of $35 paid online. The second application is the O’Dowd In-House application, which does not require a separate upload of documentation and does not require a fee.
1) FACTS Financial Aid Application
2) Bishop O’Dowd In-House Application
To be considered for financial aid, both online applications and all required documentation must be submitted by the deadline of February 2, 2023 for incoming 9th grade students and transfer students and by February 9, 2023 for returning students. Please review these instructions before submitting your forms:
Financial Aid Application Instructions and FAQ
If you have additional questions about financial aid, please contact Nancy MacKinnon by email at email@example.com.
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 bayscholars.org 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