Oberlin sponsors a limited number of merit-based scholarships. Students can apply for these awards even if they don't apply for need-based financial aid. However, financial aid for students who do qualify for need-based aid and receive a merit-based award will include the merit awards.
Merit Based Awards
Oberlin College National Merit Scholarships and National Achievement Scholarships
Oberlin College sponsors a National Merit Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program competition are eligible for consideration for an Oberlin-sponsored National Merit Scholarship if they declare Oberlin as their first-choice college, have filed an application for admission to Oberlin College, and have not been selected as winners of other National Merit or Corporate National Merit Scholarships.
Conservatory Dean's Awards
These scholarships are offered by the Office of Conservatory Admissions to prospective conservatory students based on audition ratings and ensemble needs. The Office of Conservatory Admissions notifies selected students at the time of admission.
In 2018-2019, Oberlin awarded nearly 100% of admitted conservatory and double-degree students merit scholarships, totaling more than $11.7 million. The Conservatory also meets 100% of demonstrated financial need and awarded an additional $2.9 million in grants for need-based aid.
John F. Oberlin Scholarships (College of Arts and Sciences)
A limited number of merit-based scholarships are available for students in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Office of Admissions makes the awards based on academic achievement and notifies students selected to receive merit awards around the time they are notified of admission.
Restricted Scholarship Programs
Oberlin College offers special scholarships for graduates of Oberlin High School and for children of Oberlin College employees.
Oberlin College Children's Scholarship Program
The Oberlin College Board of Trustees has established a program that provides tuition scholarships to the natural or legally adopted children of full-time college employees. The scholarships may be used for tuition and instructional costs only.
For more information, call the Office of Human Resources [440-775-8430].
Scholarship Program for Graduates of Oberlin High School
Oberlin College offers full-tuition scholarships to qualified graduates of Oberlin High School. Applicants must have resided in the Oberlin School District for at least four years prior to high school graduation, must have attended Oberlin High School for four years, and must continue residence in the area while enrolled at Oberlin College. The Oberlin School District includes the city of Oberlin and parts of New Russia, Pittsfield, Carlisle, and Amherst townships. Applicants also must meet the admission requirements of Oberlin College and complete an on-campus interview with the Office of Admissions.
Transfer students are eligible for the scholarship, provided they meet Oberlin's admission requirements and are graduates of Oberlin High School who have met the residency requirement.
For information, contact the Office of Admissions at College.Admissions@oberlin.edu.