Our school was founded on the belief that affordability should not be a determining factor in getting a good education. Our admissions process is need-blind. With our service scholarship and grant programs, you’ll also graduate with the least debt possible.
How does it work?
The financial aid package is determined separately from university admission. The admissions committee has no information regarding the financial background of the student when making the admissions decision.
Each financial aid request is reviewed carefully in an effort to arrive at an accurate determination of need for financial assistance. This process takes into account each student’s family income, assets, family size, number of students in college, and other pertinent information.
The financial aid process is the same for undergraduate and graduate students.
Types of Aid
- Service Scholarships: Students who are awarded a full Service Scholarship are expected to work 13 hours per week in such areas as food service, buildings maintenance, grounds maintenance, the library, or office clerical work.
- University Grants: DRBU provides students with University Grants to meet remaining need. Grants are provided by generous donors who wish to offer support to accepted students who would not otherwise be able to attend. Students are not expected to repay the grants. A student must accept the maximum amount of Service Scholarship in order to receive a University Grant.
All students who apply for financial aid are automatically considered for both the Service Scholarship and University Grants.
Disaster Relief Scholarship
DRBU offers need-based scholarships for students affected by catastrophic disasters such as the Mendocino Complex Fire, Camp Fire, or Hurricane Harvey. A disaster is defined as a “sudden occurrence which inflicts widespread catastrophic damage to a large geographic area and/or which generally affects a large number of individuals.” Disasters can be both natural and human-made. The applicant must have disaster-relief status with FEMA or comparable agency, or otherwise demonstrate financial need as a result of a loss of income or livelihood, or a loss or damage to home or property. All financial aid recipients are expected to participate in the DRBU work-study program. To apply, fill out the financial aid application.
- For the 2019–2020 academic year, students and parents will not be asked to take out government loans as a part of the financial aid package.
- DRBU does not participate in federal or state financial aid programs at this time.