Tuition, Room, Board and Fees



The amount of tuition for the 2015-16 school year is $49,928 or $24,964 per semester. Part-time status allows a student to take fewer than the minimum number of credits at a tuition rate of $2,040 per credit. Students must be approved for part-time status.

In the College of Arts and Sciences, the basic tuition charge includes schedules of 14 to 20 credits each semester.  For schedules of less than 14 credits, $2,040 per credit is charged. Students are required to obtain permission to take credits over 18.  For each credit above 20 an additional $1,230 per credit is charged.

In the Conservatory of Music, the basic tuition charge includes schedules of 16 to 24 credits per semester.  For schedules of less than 16 credits, $2,040 per credit is charged.  Students are required to obtain permission to take credits over 24.  For each credit above 24, an additional $1,230 per credit is charged.

For Double-Degree students, the basic tuition charge includes schedules of 16 to 26 credits per semester.  For schedules of less than 16 credits, $2,040 per credit is charged. Students are required to obtain permission to take credits over 26.  For each credit above 26, an additional  $1,230 per credit is charged.


Housing costs in college residence halls vary with the type of room to which the student is assigned. The costs for the 2015-16 year are as follows:

Room TypePer Academic YearPer Semester
College Residence College Residence
Single $7,478 $3,739
Multi Occupancy $7,080 $3,540
Apartment/Village Private Bedroom $8,324 $4,162
Apartment / Village Shared Bedroom $7,870 $3,935

There is no additional charge for on-campus housing during winter term.


Dining in a college cafeteria will vary depending on the meal plan chosen.  Below are costs for plans currently available.  Please go to the Res/Ed website for additional dining plan options.  The costs for the 2015-16 year are listed below. For students who elect to remain on campus during the month of January (winter term), dining costs will vary based on actual usage. Winter term dining charges are billed to their account.

Meal PlanPer Academic YearPer Semester
14 meal $6,550 $3,275
10 meal $5,840 $2,920
7 meal (NO FLEX) $4,218 $2,109

Oberlin Student Co-operative Association  OSCA

Students interested in living and/or dining with OSCA should contact the organization by phone at 440-775-8108 or by email,, for information.  Additional information about OSCA is also available at, Oberlin Student Cooperative Association.

Students that have been assigned to OSCA for living and/or dining will be billed directly by OSCA and payments should be sent directly to OSCA. 

Activity fee

The activity fee for 2015-16 is $428 per year or $214 per semester. This fee helps pay for campus events, student organizations, and other enhancements to student life. There is no option to waive this fee.

Student Health Fee

The fee for 2015-16 is $230; $115 per semester.  This fee cannot be waived.  This fee will provide services and programs that support the physical and mental well-being of students. Visit our Parents website for details outlined in the FAQs: Student Health Fee.

The Green EDGE Fund Fee

Oberlin students initiated the Oberlin Ecological Design and General Efficiency Fund, commonly known as the Green EDGE Fund. The goal of this initiative is to increase the college's environmental sustainability, which students hope will stimulate a greater campus discussion and awareness of green solutions to common problems. Every student is assessed an optional $25 per semester fee, and additional money has been provided by the college to make funds available to support this initiative.

The fund is a revolving loan fund. A governing board made up of administrators, professors, and students will review proposals and grant funds to student-designed campus energy conservation projects that have a clear, prompt payback to the fund. Funds are considered paid back to the college when the cost of undertaking a project has been offset by the amount of energy savings the project has generated.

If you do not wish to pay the fee, please visit the Office of Student Accounts (Carnegie Building, Room 122) and complete a Green EDGE Fund Waiver Card within the first two weeks of classes.

Student Health Insurance (SHI)

The Student Health Insurance is charged to all students enrolling at Oberlin for the 2015-16 school year. The policy period is August 1 through July 31, 2016. The cost for the 2015-16 school year is $1,075.   

All students, regardless of the insurance they have, have access and should use the Student Health Office whenever possible.  

All students are required to have health insurance while attending Oberlin.

Information on the Student Health Insurance is on the Student Health webpage under Academic Health Plans or go to Academic Health Plans You may contact Academic Health Plans with your questions at 855.844.3014 All international students must carry the Student Health Insurance without exception.

Matriculation Deposit

A student pays a matriculation deposit of $300 upon acceptance of the college's offer of admission. The money is returned to the student 90 days after graduation or voluntary withdrawal from the college.