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
2004-05 academic year.
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, $820 per credit hour is charged.
Part-time status allows a student to take fewer than 12 hours,
at a tuition rate of $1,290 per credit hour. Students taking fewer
than 12 hours without permission to study part-time are charged
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, $1,290 per hour is charged. For each hour above
17, $820 per hour is charged.
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 $1,290 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" or "NP" 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 2004-05, the activity fee will be $192.
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.
2004-05 residence hall room charges for a multi-occupancy room
will be $2,010 each semester. The 2004-05 charge for a single room
will be $2,310 each semester. The 2004-05 charge for apartment/village
housing will be $2,510. 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
2004-05 college dining charges will be $1,811.50 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 2003-04 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 2004-2005 academic year.
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
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 bills.
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.
Prior 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 2004-05
academic year without prior notice.