# What Does it Cost to Attend Oberlin College?

Renowned for its conservatory of music, Oberlin College is a stellar institution even if your student is not a musician. Located in Ohio, Oberlin College welcomes around 700 bright and forward-thinking minds every fall.

A degree from Oberlin, although high in prestige, is not low in its price tag as a private institution. However, if your student is considering Oberlin, don’t let that put them off. We’ve created this comprehensive post that covers exactly how your family can better navigate the tuition prices, and get more aid in financing an education at Oberlin.

## Why College Costs of Attendance are Highly Variable

Estimating college costs is important, and you’ve probably already done some research in this area. You’ve probably seen many different numbers from various sources regarding college costs, and one of your sources was probably Oberlin’s own page on tuition.

This is a good place to start. However, the numbers listed there are just that: a good place to start. It’s what we call the list price, and most families don’t end up paying full price. Everything starts from there, but how much less you will actually pay is based on many different factors from family income to on-campus employment. College costs are so variable, so you should look instead for the net cost, which refers to the amount families actually pay out of their pockets.

## Oberlin College’s List Price

Tuition generally rises each year. That being said, Oberlin College’s list price for the 2016-2017 academic year was $68,670 for both in-state and out-of-state students. This number includes tuition, room and board, and other miscellaneous costs such as a student activities fee. Remember that most families don’t pay this price. Those who do usually have a total household income of over$175,000. Students from these families may also receive merit-based aid, which would reduce their net cost. Not all colleges offer merit aid, but Oberlin does. We’ll talk about merit aid later in this post.

## Other Ways to Save on College

If you’re still looking for other ways to help finance a college education at Oberlin, fret not! There are many merit-based private scholarships available, especially if your student is enrolling in an institution in their home state.

In addition, your student may qualify for prestigious scholarships just by taking a test. Those who take the PSAT are automatically entered for qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program, which awards \$2,500 to finalists. You can learn more through our post about how to qualify.

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