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Dominican University participates in the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program. Eligibility for these federal loans is based on a review of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Dominican's ID number is 001750. Students must also complete a Dominican University Direct Loan Application Packet, which is available from the financial aid office. Graduate students must be enrolled at least half time to be eligible for federal loans.
Graduate students can borrow up to $20,500 per academic year (depending on the cost of attendance and enrollment level) in Federal Direct Stafford Loans. Direct loans borrowed after July 1, 2012 will be entirely unsubsidized, meaning that the loans will accumulate interest while you are in school. The current interest rate for Federal Direct Stafford Loans is 5.41%.
Definitions of full-time and half-time enrollments are important in determining both loan and deferment eligibility. To be considered full time, a graduate student must be enrolled for nine credit hours per semester (three courses of three semester hours each). To be considered half time, a student must be enrolled for at least one-half of the credit hours required for full-time attendance per semester (4.5 semester hours).
Applications for financial assistance of all types and information about interest rates and deferments for all loan programs are available from the financial aid office.
The U.S. Department of Education offers Internet access to these federal publications:
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) sponsors FinAid, a financial aid information site. The FinAid site is the most comprehensive free resource for student financial aid information on the Internet. Features on the FinAid site include access to four databases of private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans that you can search free of charge; several financial aid calculators, including those on loan repayment and estimated financial contribution; and a savings plan designer.
Each semester, several openings are usually available in GSLIS for students who want to work as faculty assistants. Positions are generally 10 hours per week. Interested students should inquire in the GSLIS office and complete an application.
Each semester, openings may also be available for computer laboratory assistants. Interested students should see the director of the technology center.
A few positions are available each academic year in the university library. Contact the library for vacant positions.
There are numerous part-time library-related jobs in the Chicago metropolitan area for students interested in working part time and attending school part time.
Students seeking off-campus employment are encouraged to visit the Dominican University e-Recruiting database.