We know the financial aid process can be confusing, so our staff is available to address your questions and walk you through it.
Types of Financial Aid
Financial aid is generally awarded in a three-part package that includes grants, low-interest student loans, and money earned through student employment. Oberlin is committed to keeping the “self-help” portion of aid packages—the loan and work-study components—as low as possible. Typically between 70 percent and 80 percent of a student's award is made up of grants, with the balance composed of work-study and low-interest loans.
Applying for Financial Aid
Students who defer their enrollment
If you have been admitted but choose to defer your enrollment to the next academic year, you need to do the following to ensure your need-based aid is awarded for the next year:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the next academic year by going here. We do not require deferred students to complete the CSS Profile form again.
- Upload your required income documents on our upload page here. You can see your requirements in Self Service in Banner. This is accessible via Oberview.
- The deadline to complete these steps is March 1st. We will not award your aid until your financial aid file is complete with our office.
- If you are not interested in receiving need-based aid and have been offered a scholarship, please notify our office by email at email@example.com that you will not be applying for need based financial aid. *PLEASE NOTE that if you want to borrow through the federal loan programs, for either the Federal Direct Stafford Loan for students or the Federal Direct PLUS loan for parents, you do need to complete the FAFSA and provide all other income documents.
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Resources for Applicants
Office of Financial Aid
Carnegie Building Room 123
52 W. Lorain St.
Oberlin OH 44074
Phone: (800) 693-3173 or (440) 775-8142
Fax: (440) 775-8249
Have you heard about Oberlin’s $10,000 commitment?
To ease the burden of the high cost of college, Oberlin will award a renewable $10,000 Oberlin Commitment Scholarship to all new students who apply and enroll in the College of Arts & Sciences and/or the Conservatory of Music in fall 2021.