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Tuition, room and dining charges for one semester are equal to one-half the charges for the full year. The following table is an estimate of expenses for full-time degree candidates for the 2001-02 academic year.







Activity Fee:



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(other expenses estimated)



Books and Supplies:



Recreational and personal needs:







In the College of Arts and Sciences, the basic annual tuition charge includes schedules of 12 to 16 hours each semester. Students enrolled for only one semester in an academic year may take no more than 16 semester hours at the basic tuition charge; for each hour above 16, $700 per credit hour is charged.

Part-time status allows a student to take fewer than 12 hours, at a tuition rate of $1,100 per credit hour. Students taking fewer than 12 hours without permission to study part-time are charged full tuition.

In the College of Arts and Sciences, students who register for private music lessons in two private-study areas are charged extra tuition as follows: If the two private-study areas are with faculty the charge is $1,100 per credit hour. If one or both of the private-study areas are with student teachers a flat fee of $250 will be charged for the second area.

In the Conservatory of Music the basic tuition charge includes schedules of 12 to 17 hours per semester. For schedules of less than 12 hours, $1,100 per hour is charged. For each hour above 17, $700 per hour is charged.

In the Conservatory of Music, students who register for private lessons in two principal private-study areas are charged extra tuition at the credit hour rate of $1,100 for any credits in excess of six principal private-study credits. Conservatory students who have declared majors in two performance areas are not charged extra tuition for the second principal private-study area. Students paying for two principal private studies may take 19 semester hours without additional tuition. Double-degree students follow the guidelines for charges for Conservatory students.

Tuition is charged for courses in which a student is officially registered, regardless of attendance. The receipt of a "NE" grade, either through completing and failing a course, or through neglecting to officially drop a course not completed, does not cancel additional tuition charges for the course.

Activity Fee

The activity fee subsidizes approved student activities and publications. The amount is established by the Student Finance Committee with the approval of the Board of Trustees. The fee is administered by the Student Finance Committee. (Graduate students are not required to pay this fee.) For 2001-02, the activity fee will be $170.

Auditing Fee

Students registered for at least one course for credit are permitted to audit up to two courses per semester that are recorded on their transcripts. There is a non-refundable service charge of $30 for recording the first audit; $70 for recording the second.

Room Charges

2001-02 residence hall room charges for a standard single room will be $1,995 each semester. The 2001-02 charge for a standard double room will be $1,715 each semester. A student participating in an on-campus Winter Term project may stay in his or her dorm room at no additional charge. Fifty percent of the total charges for the year (tuition, room and dining) is due for the fall semester; the remaining 50 percent is due for the spring semester. Students not on campus first semester who return to campus second semester are charged 50 percent of the total charges for the year (tuition, room and dining).

Dining Charges

2001-02 college dining charges will be $1,565 each semester. Winter Term dining in Oberlin College dining halls is optional; the charge is based upon actual usage. Co-op rates are usually different than the on-campus dining program rates.


There are eight student-operated dining cooperatives and four housing cooperatives. The 2000-2001 dining rates were $1020 each semester. Room rates were $1,725 (single), $1,455 (double), and $1,350 (triple) each semester. Rates will likely increase for the 2001-02 academic year.

Fees for Transfer of Credit

Students who transfer courses taken at another institution during academic leaves of absence from Oberlin College are charged $50 for each transfer of credit application. A $15 fee per semester hour for the first 10 hours, $10 for each hour above 10, is charged to students who transfer credits taken while on personal leave, while withdrawn, during the summer, or while finishing away. (Please note that these fees do not apply to the transfer of Advanced Placement credit earned in high-school or college-level courses completed elsewhere before a student has matriculated at Oberlin.)

Enrollment/Matriculation Deposit

A $200 enrollment deposit is required to secure a place in the class. The deposit is payable two weeks after receiving notification of a financial-aid award or on the due date of the intent-to-enroll card, whichever is later. The deposit is forfeited if a student does not enroll; it is refunded after a student graduates. To receive a refund upon withdrawing from Oberlin College, a notice of intent must be given to the Office of Academic Services by the official last day of the semester preceding the semester from which a student is withdrawing.

Financial Statements

Student term bills, which include tuition, fees, room and dining, are sent to students at their home addresses: 

  • For first semester, bills are sent in July. Payment is due in mid-August.
  • For second semester, bills are sent in early January. Payment is due in mid-January.

During the academic year monthly account statements are sent to the student's home address, unless a written change in billing address request is sent to the Office of Student Accounts.

Prepayment for the upcoming semester must be made prior to enrollment, or the student must be enrolled in a monthly payment plan, either directly with Oberlin College or through an external agency. Payments must be current.

A Budget Payment Plan for paying term bills in monthly installments is available through Oberlin College. A signed contract must be forwarded each year to the Office of Student Accounts to activate the payment plan. Contract forms are included with the August and January term bills.

Annual student charges are billed at 50 percent for each semester. Financial Aid, where applicable, is applied at the same ratio. An interest charge of 1 percent per month (annual percentage rate approximating 12 percent) will be assessed on all unpaid balances.

Oberlin recognizes that college expenses often impose a heavy financial responsibility on parents and students. In cases where special, unexpected hardships develop, Oberlin is more than willing to cooperate and act in a reasonable manner. However, Oberlin does reserve the right to withhold transcripts and recommendations, and may also ask for the withdrawal of a student who consistently fails to meet his or her financial obligations to Oberlin.

Prior to graduation, all outstanding debts to Oberlin College must be paid before a student can receive a diploma.


All students who withdraw or who take a medical or personal leave of absence during a semester will be charged tuition, room and dining at the rate of 10 percent of the semester charge for each week or fraction thereof spent in residence. If a recipient of financial aid who withdraws or takes a medical/personal leave is scheduled to receive a refund, then all or part of the refund will be used to reimburse the financial-aid programs from which the student received funds. The required Student Activity Fee is non-refundable.

Changes in Published Charges

While there is no expectation that the charges and fees published in this catalog will change, Oberlin College does reserve the right to increase or decrease fees during and pertaining to the 2001-02 academic year without prior notice.

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