The university participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Education and which enables students enrolled at least half-time to borrow directly from the federal government.

Student Loans

Direct subsidized loan limits are $3,500 per year for freshmen, $4,500 for sophomores and $5,500 for other undergraduates. For a Direct subsidized loan, repayment of principal and interest is deferred until after the borrower graduates or enrolls less than half-time. Students are eligible for an additional $2,000 in the Direct unsubsidized loan. Extensive information regarding the Direct Loans Program can be found at

Students must complete an entrance counseling session and electronically sign a Master Promissory Note prior to obtaining a Direct student loan. To complete the entrance counseling session and electronically sign the Master Promissory Note, visit the Direct Loans website

Additional Direct unsubsidized loan funds are available to independent undergraduate students. Loan limits vary depending on academic year.

Federal Parent PLUS Loans

Federal Direct Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) are available to parents of undergraduate students who need to supplement other sources of financial aid. The interest rate is 7.00%. Repayment begins after the loan is fully disbursed, but may be deferred while the student is enrolled. Parents apply for the Federal Direct PLUS Loan on the Direct Loans website and must also complete Dominican University's Parent PLUS Loan application. Dependent students whose parents have applied for, but were unable to get a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan are eligible to receive additional Direct unsubsidized loan funds and should contact the Financial Aid Office at 708-524-6809, or at for further instructions.

Have a question?

Email the financial aid office at or call us at (708) 524-6809 or (800) 828-8475 if outside the Chicago area.