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Oberlin College Reaffirms its Commitment to Accessibility with New Scholarship

September 25, 2020
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OBERLIN, OHIO — To help families address the increasing cost of higher education, Oberlin College will award a $10,000 Oberlin Commitment Scholarship to all new students who apply and enroll in fall 2021. The scholarship will be renewable for up to four years for students pursuing degrees in either the College of Arts and Sciences or the Conservatory of Music, and up to five years for students who are pursuing a double degree.

Each year, Oberlin dedicates more than $60 million dollars to financial aid to support students and their families and is committed to making higher education affordable for all who aspire to join the Oberlin community. By meeting 100 percent of every student's demonstrated financial need, it is ensured that an Oberlin education is accessible to students from all financial backgrounds. Oberlin’s generous merit-aid policy provides an opportunity to further address the rising cost of college for all admitted students while also rewarding their achievements. 

In many cases, the $10,000 Oberlin Commitment Scholarship will be part of a larger need- and/or merit-based package that will be calculated once a student has been admitted. Providing the Oberlin Commitment Scholarship to all students as a baseline sends the strong message that the college is committed to making an Oberlin education affordable for everyone. It is important that Oberlin College reaffirms its commitment to accessibility in this straightforward, universal manner, especially during these uncertain times. 

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