Oberlin’s financial aid policy is simple: We meet the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student through a combination of grants, loans, and money earned through student employment.

Oberlin College main campus during fall semester. Photo credit: Office of Communications

Each year, more than two-thirds of Oberlin students receive some form of need-based financial assistance. Our three-part award package typically includes grants from the college, low-interest students loans, and work-study jobs. We commit more than $59 million annually to provide grant aid directly to students. This makes Oberlin affordable to many talented students who otherwise might not be able to pursue an education at Oberlin.

Tuition and Fees for First-year U.S. Students

When you complete a financial aid application, Oberlin automatically considers you for need-based college grants and merit-based scholarships, in addition to any state and federal grants, loans, or work-study programs for which you may qualify.

The chart below details the expenses involved in an Oberlin education for first-year students in 2017-18. A number of payment plans and options are available to help make college affordable. See the Office of Student Accounts for details.

Oberlin College Costs 2017-18
for First-year Students
Estimated Expenses
Tuition $52,762 Books $930
Multi-Occupancy Room $7,872 Personal Expenses $978
Board $7,990 Travel varies
Fees* $748    
       
Total $69,372    

Student health insurance is available for purchase at a cost of $1,626 per academic year, billed in the fall semester. Students who have other adequate coverage are not required to purchase this insurance. The deadline to waive the health insurance is August 31, 2017.

*Fees includes a refundable "Green Fee". Students may waive this fee if they do not wish to support the Green Edge Fund.

Tuition and Fees for Returning U.S. Students

The chart below details the expenses for returning students in 2017-18. A number of payment plans and options are available to help make college affordable. See the Office of Student Accounts for details.

Oberlin College Costs 2017-18
for Returning Students
Estimated Expenses
Tuition $52,762 Books $930
Multi-Occupancy Room $7,482 Personal Expenses $978
Board $6,920 Travel varies
Fees* $748    
       
Total $67,912    

Student health insurance is available for purchase at a cost of $1,626 per academic year, billed in the fall semester. Students who have other adequate coverage are not required to purchase this insurance. The deadline to waive the health insurance is August 31, 2017.

*Fees includes a refundable "Green Fee". Students may waive this fee if they do not wish to support the Green Edge Fund.

Information for International Students

Oberlin is among the few American colleges and universities that offer substantial financial aid awards to international students. The process for applying for financial aid is different than for domestic students, however, and funding is limited. We encourage you to apply. See Financial Aid for International Students for details.