Financial Assistance

As part of our mission to educate and prepare young women for life, we are committed to assisting families in their efforts to afford a Regina Dominican education for their daughters.  With the generous support of donors and alumnae, we strive toward meeting the demonstrated financial need of our students through our Tuition Assistance and Scholarship programs.

Need-Based Tuition Assistance is awarded annually based on an evaluation of each applicant family’s financial situation. It is our expectation that every Regina Dominican family will take the responsibility of tuition payment seriously and will pay as much of the annual tuition as possible. Despite these efforts, we know that not all families can afford full tuition. In these cases, we offer financial assistance in the form of Regina Dominican Tuition Assistance.

ALL families that wish to be considered for Regina Dominican Tuition Assistance MUST apply through FACTS Grant & Aid, our financial aid processing partner. The application is made through an online application that includes:

  • · Family financial information including income, expenses, assets, and liabilities
  • · 2017 Federal tax return (due with application by January 18, 2019)
  • · 2018 W-2s (due no later than February 4, 2019)
  • · A $25 processing fee paid online

Note: When evaluating applications, we take into consideration a family’s annual income, assets and liabilities, household size, tuition being paid for all family members, any other special circumstances. FACTS Grant & Aid only assists Regina Dominican in analyzing all applications.  It is NOT a source of financial aid nor does it determine financial assistance awards. All award decisions are made after a personalized review of each application by Regina Dominican.


  • October 15, 2018 – FACTS Grant & Aid applications open
  • December 1, 2018 – Deadline to submit an application for The Pastor Scholarship (incoming freshmen only)
  • January 18, 2019 – Deadline for priority consideration for FACTS Grant & Aid application, the Patricia Astor Gomez Foundation Scholarship, the Varghese Maliakal Scholarship and all other scholarships for returning students.
  • February 4, 2019 – Deadline for submitting 2018 W-2 forms.
  • Early February 2019 – Financial aid award notifications will be e-mailed to freshman families (including those families with returning students)
  • February 12 and February 20, 2019 – Freshman registration
  • April 1, 2019– Financial aid award notifications will be e-mailed to families of returning students.

Please note that the priority deadline of January 18, 2019, is firm. Applications received after January 18, 2019, will only be considered after the applications received before the priority deadline have been processed and if funds are available.

What is the Invest in Kids Scholarship Program?

Invest in Kids is a state sponsored program established to enable scholarship granting organizations (SGOs) to provide need-based scholarships for K-12 students attending non-public schools in the State of Illinois.  Families can apply to multiple SGOs but can only accept an award from one SGO.  Awards are based on income and residency guidelines determined by state law.  Awards are made annually and families must re-apply each year.  Click here to view income guidelines and see if your family may be eligible to apply.

 All SGOs work under the same guidelines to determine eligibility. Each SGO is responsible for soliciting donations to its scholarship fund, as a result the amount available for scholarships will vary by SGO. We, therefore, recommend that families apply to more than one SGO. Additionally, it is important to note that state law requires that the scholarships be awarded on a first come, first served basis until all donated funds are distributed. Therefore, it is extremely important to apply as soon as applications open in January 2019 to ensure your best chance of receiving an award.

While each SGO will publish its own application procedures and timelines on their website, all of them will require that the applicant provide:

  • – Copy of your 2017 or 2018 federal tax return
  • – Proof of residency (current utility bill or current Illinois driver’s license)

Regina Dominican works directly with these SGOs:


Do I Need to Submit a FACTS Grant & Aid Application if I am Applying to Empower Illinois and Big Shoulders SGO?

 YES! All students wishing to be considered for financial aid from either Regina Dominican or an Invest in Kids SGO MUST apply through FACTS Grant & Aid by January 18, 2019. The FACTS Grant & Aid application will ask if you are applying for other scholarships, please designate that you will be applying for an Invest in Kids (Tax Credit Funded) Scholarship.


Contact: Suzanne Lefevre, Vice President of Finance and Operations
Phone: (847) 256-7660, ext. 229

Freshman Scholarships (Application Required)

The Leadership Institute Young Leaders Award (two awards) offers $1,000 scholarships to two students who attend the Regina Dominican Young Leaders Workshop held on November 14, 2018 and complete the application that is given out at the Workshop. This scholarship is for freshman year only.

The Pastor’s Scholarship was established to recognize high achieving freshman students who will excel at Regina Dominican. This is a 4-year, $2,000 scholarship renewable annually. Recipients must maintain a B average throughout her four years at Regina Dominican. Requirements for application:

  •  – Open to Catholic eighth-grade students who are parishioners of:
  •     . St. Joseph (Wilmette)
  •     . St. Francis Xavier (Wilmette)
  •     . Sts. Faith, Hope & Charity (Winnetka)
  •     . Sacred Heart (Winnetka)
  •     . St. Norbert (Northbrook)
  •   – Take the HSPT at Regina Dominican on December 1, 2018.
  •   – Complete and submit the application by December 1, 2018. Click here for application.
  •   – Obtain and submit a recommendation from the student’s pastor by December 1, 2018. Click here for recommendation letter help.

The Patricia Astor Gomez Foundation Scholarship is open to all Regina Dominican students with demonstrated financial need. All applicants must complete a FACTS Grant & Aid application and the Patricia Astor Gomez Foundation Scholarship application. DEADLINE for all applications and required recommendations is January 18, 2019. Click here for application.

The Varghese Maliakal Scholarship was established in memory of Varghese Maliakal who was passionately dedicated to the pursuit of intellectual excellence in a female-centered, Catholic, academic environment. His four daughters graduated from Regina Dominican. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman student who has demonstrated superior academic performance and a highly competitive Regina Dominican entrance examination score. Applicants must have demonstrated financial need.

This award is a four-year, $5,000 scholarship renewable annually. The recipient must maintain a B average throughout her four years at Regina Dominican. Requirements for application:

  •   – Be a Catholic eighth-grade student.
  •   – Take the HSPT test at Regina Dominican on December 1, 2018.
  •   – Complete and submit the application (including a 250-word essay) by January 18, 2019. Click here for application.
  •   – Submit a FACTS Grant & Aid application by January 18, 2019.

Merit Scholarships (No application required)

The St. Catherine of Siena Merit Scholarships are offered to incoming freshmen who take the High School Entrance Examination at Regina Dominican on December 1, 2018 (or alternate testing date.) Those students with the highest Entrance Examinations Scores will be awarded one of six four-year partial tuition scholarships. Students awarded merit scholarships are required to maintain a B average and be in good disciplinary standing. A separate application is not required.

The S. Joan Marie Meidinger, O.P. Award (one award) was established in 2001 by the alumni of Bishop Quarter Junior Military Academy, a school sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Congregation, to honor S. Joan Meidinger, OP and the award is equal to 25 percent of annual tuition.  This scholarship is awarded to the student who receives the highest composite score on the entrance exam (HSPT) administered at Regina Dominican on testing day.

The Betty Schayer Memorial Award (one award) was established in 2003 in memory of Betty Schayer who grew up in Wilmette, and is equal to 25 percent of annual tuition. This scholarship is awarded to the student who receives the second highest composite score on the entrance exam (HSPT) administered at Regina Dominican on testing day.

The S. Ann Fallon, O.P. Leadership Award (four awards)  was established in 1988 to recognize S. Ann Fallon’s years of service to Regina Dominican as both Principal and President, and is equal to 20 percent of annual tuition. This scholarship is awarded to the four students who earn the highest scores, (following the S. Joan Marie Meidinger and Betty Schayer Scholarship awardees) on the High School Placement Test (HSPT) basic skills portion of the test (English, Reading and Math) administered at Regina Dominican on testing day.

The Dominican Scholar Awards recognize students who have demonstrated strong grade school academic performance and a highly competitive entrance examination score. This $1,000 cholarship is for freshman year only.

Returning Student Scholarships are available to current Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior Students. These scholarships are endowed by generous alumnae and benefactors of Regina Dominican and have different application requirements, including teacher recommendations. DEADLINE for all applications and required recommendations is January 18, 2019. Requests to teachers for letters of recommendation should be made no later than December 21, 2018. Applications and more information can be found below.


Contact: Mrs. Kathleen Maher ’80 at

The organizations listed below provide scholarships and other assistance to students wishing to attend Regina Dominican High School. Please contact the organizations directly for information about application requirements and deadlines. Scholarship decisions are made by these organizations and not by Regina Dominican.

Organizations that Offer Partner Scholarships

Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund provides high school scholarship assistance and educational support to Chicago students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. APPLICATION DEADLINE:  October 19, 2018

HFS Chicago is a 4-year program assisting economically disadvantaged Chicago high school students who show academic and leadership promise. The program includes tuition assistance, mentoring, college visits, and college admissions support. APPLICATION DEADLINE:  November 15, 2018

Link Unlimited Foundation provides educational college preparatory opportunities for economically disadvantaged African-American high school youth. For more information, go to  APPLICATION DEADLINE:  December 1, 2018

Boys Hope/Girls Hope of Illinois is a residential and academic program serving middle through high school students. Room, board, tuition, and summer activities are provided. CONTACT Tyrina Newkirk (847) 920-2787 directly for more information and go to to download a Pre-Application form. A completed Pre-Application form must be submitted before receiving access to the program Application.  Additionally, applicants must take the HSPT test on December 1, 2018 at Regina Dominican.   APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 21, 2018

HighSight provides scholarships, tutoring, mentoring, leadership development and college readiness programs to enable its students to attend and succeed at the private high school of their choice. APPLICATIONS OPEN January 2019. 

The Madonna Foundation provides tuition grants and academic support to young women with significant financial need attending all-girl Catholic high schools in the Chicago area. APPLICATIONS OPEN February 1, 2018. DEADLINE is February 28, 2018. 

Big Shoulders Fund offers many types of scholarships.  CONTACT your Catholic elementary school principal for more information.


Contact: Suzanne Lefevre, Vice President of Finance and Operations
Phone: (847) 256-7660, ext. 229 Email: