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.

two persons on a brick walkway that goes through a park
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.

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 matriculated students fall 2017 and after. 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 2019-20 for Matriculated Students Fall 2017 and after
Tuition $55,976
Room $8,350
Board $8,476
Fees* $892 
Total $73,694
Estimated Expenses
Books $930
Personal Expenses $978
Travel varies

Student health insurance is available for purchase at a cost of $1,694 for the 2019-20 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, 2019.

*Fees includes a refundable $50 “Green Fee.” Students may waive this fee if they do not wish to support the Green Edge Fund.

The chart below details the expenses for matriculated students prior to fall 2017. 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 2019-20 for Matriculated Students prior to Fall 2017
Tuition $55,976
Multi-Occupancy Room $7,936
Board $7,342
Fees** $892
Total $72,146
Estimated Expenses
Books $930
Personal Expenses $978
Travel varies

Student health insurance is available for purchase at a cost of $1,694 for the 2019-20 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, 2019.

**Fees includes a refundable $50 ‘‘Green Fee.’’ Students may waive this fee if they do not wish to support the Green Edge Fund.

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.