Access and Excellence: Scholarships

Access and Excellence: Scholarships

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The argument for increased funding for scholarships is both straightforward and ambitious: talent and potential aren’t defined by income level, and access to an Oberlin education shouldn’t be either. Few colleges can match Oberlin’s commitment to access.

From our founding, we have been a pioneer in providing educational opportunities to talented and motivated students regardless of their race, religion, sex, or ethnicity. In short, Oberlin is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students from virtually every state and numerous foreign countries. We promote diversity in the student body because the range of ideas and perspectives students bring improves the education of all who learn here. And we promote diversity because it is the right thing to do.

Support for scholarships

Key Points

  • We are committed to meeting 100 percent of the demonstrated financial need of every admitted student.
  • To avoid burdening students with excessive debt when they graduate, the vast majority of aid we award is in the form of grants, not student loans.
  • Each year we spend more than $55 million on financial aid
  • Oberlin has a deep commitment to educating qualified students whose family incomes are in the lowest quintiles in our country. We participate actively in the highly regarded QuestBridge and Posse programs, which bring some of the nation’s brightest low-income students to campus. Oberlin’s commitment to access includes students from our local community. Highly qualified Oberlin high school students are able to attend the college and conservatory tuition free through the William L. Robinson ’63 Scholars program.
"I have a lot to be thankful for. The training and skills I learned at Oberlin come up every day in my work."
- Asishana Osho '10