ObieCares is designed to provide temporary, short-term financial assistance to currently enrolled, high financial need students who are balancing demanding academic requirements with unanticipated or emergency financial situations. The expectation and hope is that this is a one-time funding situation to assist with, for example, an academic (e.g., books) or medical emergency (e.g., unanticipated ER bill).
Unlike a loan, students are not expected to repay ObieCares awards. ObieCares is managed by the Dean of Students Office. Please be aware that this fund is limited and not all requests will be met with financial assistance (full or partial). The maximum award is $500.
The Dean of Students Office works to maintain privacy; however, information may be shared internally on a need-to-know basis.
Possible reasons to apply for ObieCares
- Assistance with books/supplies for an academic class (please note that books/supplies are an anticipated college cost, but we will consider extenuating situations)
- Unforeseen or unusually high medical expenses
- Travel costs associated with a personal or family emergency, crisis, or death
The list above is not exhaustive for all situations for which a student may seek financial assistance. However, the following situations (non-exhaustive list) would not be eligible:
- Expected tuition and fees and standard living expenses
- Non-essential expenses (e.g., library fines, gym membership)
- Legal fees
Food and/or Housing Insecurity
Students who feel they may be experiencing food and/or housing insecurity are encouraged to apply to this fund. Please be aware that funds are limited, but every effort will be made to work with students on identifying resources to support their needs. ObieCares funding does not excuse students from participation in college housing and dining per housing and dining college policies.
For more information on how food insecurity is defined, visit the USDA website .
ObieCares funding includes:
Class of 2000 and 2001 Emergency Book Fund
Established in 2000, this is an endowed restricted fund established as a gift of the Class of 2000 and Class of 2001 upon their graduation to provide support for academic semester books and supplies when unusual or unforeseen circumstances create a challenge.
John Mercer Langston Black Alumni Emergency Student Fund
This fund provides financial assistance for Oberlin students who are experiencing an unusual and unforeseen financial demand which immediately threatens matriculation and for which there is no other financial source available.
Student Support Initiatives Fund
Developed through the generous support of Clyde McGregor ’74, this fund is intended to strengthen and expand support services for at-risk students who need additional assistance in order to succeed at Oberlin.
Application & Review Process
- Complete the ObieCares Application Form
- Applications are reviewed by a committee, on a first-come, first-served basis once the application is complete and financial information is gathered.
- Once the committee has completed its review and decision, you will receive notification. If you have any questions after this, you may contact the Dean of Students Office at firstname.lastname@example.org (please type “ObieCares” in the subject line).
- As the committee will meet weekly and/or bi-weekly, if your matter requires urgent attention, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 440-775-8462. If it involves your immediate personal safety/well-being, please contact Campus Safety at 440-775-8444.
The award does not require repayment. However, to replenish the fund and ensure that future students can receive the same benefit, we encourage awardees to donate to the fund when they are able.
To discuss your situation and eligibility for the fund, contact the Dean of Students Office at email@example.com.