Tuition, room and dining charges for one semester are equal to one-half
the charges for the full year. The following table is an estimate
of expenses for full-time degree candidates for the 2003-04 academic
expenses -- estimated)
and personal needs
In the College of Arts and Sciences, the basic annual tuition charge
includes schedules of 12 to 16 hours each semester. Students enrolled
for only one semester in an academic year may take no more than 16
semester hours at the basic tuition charge; for each hour above 16,
$780 per credit hour is charged.
Part-time status allows a student to take fewer than 12 hours, at
a tuition rate of $1,230 per credit hour. Students taking fewer than
12 hours without permission to study part-time are charged full tuition.
Students in the College of Arts and Sciences who pass the requisite
audition may be permitted to register for an assigned section of private
lessons in the Conservatory at no additional cost. Students who pass
an audition in more than one instrument or voice category may be permitted
to register for lessons in multiple areas, but will be assessed a
fee for each additional area of study (please consult with the Conservatory
Dean's office for a fee schedule). All lesson assignments are provided
on a space available basis and are contingent upon the approval of
the Office of the Associate Dean of the Conservatory.
In the Conservatory of Music the basic tuition charge includes schedules
of 12 to 17 hours per semester. For schedules of less than 12 hours,
$1,230 per hour is charged. For each hour above 17, $780 per hour
In the Conservatory of Music, students who register for private lessons
in two principal private-study areas are charged extra tuition at
the credit hour rate of $1,230 for any credits in excess of six principal
private-study credits. Conservatory students who have declared majors
in two performance areas are not charged extra tuition for the second
principal private-study area. Students paying for two principal private
studies may take 19 semester hours without additional tuition. Double-degree
students follow the guidelines for charges for Conservatory students.
Tuition is charged for courses in which a student is officially registered,
regardless of attendance. The receipt of an "NE" grade, either through
completing and failing a course, or through neglecting to drop officially
a course not completed, does not cancel additional tuition charges
for the course.
The activity fee subsidizes approved student activities and publications.
The amount is established by the Student Finance Committee with the
approval of the Board of Trustees. The fee is administered by the
Student Finance Committee. (Graduate students are not required to
pay this fee.) For 2003-04, the activity fee will be $188.
Students registered for at least one course for credit are permitted
to audit up to two courses per semester that are recorded on their
transcripts. There is a non-refundable service charge of $30 for recording
the first audit; $70 for recording the second.
2003-04 residence hall room charges for a multi-occupancy room will
be $1,900 each semester. The 2003-04 charge for a single room will
be $2,200 each semester. The 2003-04 charge for apartment/village
housing will be $2,450. A student participating in an on-campus Winter
Term project may stay in his or her dorm room at no additional charge.
Fifty percent of the total charges for the year (tuition, room and
dining) is due for the fall semester; the remaining 50 percent is
due for the spring semester. Students not on campus first semester
who return to campus second semester are charged 50 percent of the
total charges for the year (tuition, room and dining).
2003-04 college dining charges will be $1,725 each semester. Winter
Term dining in Oberlin College dining halls is optional; the charge
is based upon actual usage. Co-op rates are usually different than
the on-campus dining program rates. There is no meal plan option during
fall and spring term breaks.
There are eight student-operated dining cooperatives and four housing
cooperatives. The 2002-03 dining rates were $1,080 each semester.
Room rates were $1,887.50 (single), $1,585 (double), and $1,462.50
(triple) each semester. Rates will likely increase for the 2003-04
Fees for Transfer of Credit
Students who transfer credit for courses taken at another institution
during academic leaves of absence from Oberlin College are charged
$50 for each transfer of credit application. Students who transfer
courses taken at another institution while on personal leave, during
the summer, or while finishing away are charged a $15 fee per semester
hour for the first 10 hours and $10 for each hour above 10. (Please
note that these fees do not apply to the transfer of Advanced Placement
credit earned in high-school or college-level courses completed elsewhere
before a student has matriculated at Oberlin.)
A $200 enrollment deposit is required to secure a place in the class.
The deposit is payable two weeks after receiving notification of a
financial-aid award or on the due date of the intent-to-enroll card,
whichever is later. The deposit is forfeited if a student does not
enroll; it is refunded after a student graduates. To receive a refund
upon withdrawing from Oberlin College, a notice of intent must be
given to the Office of the Dean of Studies by the official last day
of the semester preceding the semester from which a student is withdrawing.
Student term bills, which include tuition, fees, room and dining,
are sent to students at their home addresses:
-- For first semester, bills are sent in August. Payment is due at
the end of August.
-- For second semester, bills are sent in early January. Payment is
due at the end of January.
During the academic year, monthly account statements are sent to the
student's home address, unless a written change in billing address
request is sent to the Office of Student Accounts.
Prepayment for the upcoming semester must be made prior to enrollment,
or the student must be enrolled in a monthly payment plan, either
directly with Oberlin College or through an external agency. Payments
must be current.
A Budget Payment Plan for paying term bills in monthly installments
is available through Oberlin College. A signed contract must be forwarded
each year to the Office of Student Accounts to activate the payment
plan. Contract forms are included with the August and January term
Annual student charges are billed at 50 percent for each semester.
Financial Aid, where applicable, is applied at the same ratio. An
interest charge of 1 percent per month (annual percentage rate approximating
12 percent) will be assessed on all unpaid balances.
Oberlin recognizes that college expenses often impose a heavy financial
responsibility on parents and students. In cases where special, unexpected
hardships develop, Oberlin is more than willing to cooperate and act
in a reasonable manner. However, Oberlin does reserve the right to
withhold transcripts and recommendations, and may also ask for the
withdrawal of a student who consistently fails to meet his or her
financial obligations to Oberlin.
to graduation, all outstanding debts to Oberlin College must be paid
before a student can receive a diploma.
All students who withdraw or who take a medical or personal leave
of absence during a semester will be charged tuition, room and dining
at the rate of 10 percent of the semester charge for each week or
fraction thereof spent in residence. If a recipient of financial aid
who withdraws or takes a medical/personal leave is scheduled to receive
a refund, then all or part of the refund will be used to reimburse
the financial-aid programs from which the student received funds.
The required Student Activity Fee is non-refundable.
Changes in Published Charges
While there is no expectation that the charges and fees published
in this catalog will change, Oberlin College does reserve the right
to increase or decrease fees during and pertaining to the 2003-04
academic year without prior notice.