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Undergraduate Students

Oakland University participates in a variety of financial assistance programs to help students pay for their educational expenses.  Assistance can be awarded by Oakland University, federal and state governments, and by private sources.

o receive full consideration for all programs, it is recommended that all students complete the  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  every year, as soon as possible after January 1 for the next school year. Awards depend on the availability of funds.

Financial Aid Award notifications begin in March. OU Financial Services sends an award notification to the OU email address with instructions for viewing awards on MySAIL.  In case of a change to an award, OU  Financial Services sends a revised award notification to the OU email address with instructions for viewing awards on MySAIL.  


To be considered for scholarships, Oakland University must receive your application, transcript and ACT or SAT score by March 1 (for fall freshmen). If you meet this deadline, you will automatically be considered for OU scholarships. You should apply for admission during your senior year of high school, and submit your transcript and test score when your academic record reflects the strongest grades. Awards are based on your academic record, including GPA and ACT score, at the time of admission. International students are not eligible for scholarships, except where reflected.

Criteria for Academic Merit Scholarships

To see available scholarships, please select from the following.


Available Freshman Scholarships

Available Transfer Student Scholarships

Available International Student Scholarships

Available Returning Alumni Scholarships

OU Grants
& Scholarships
Search Oakland University scholarships available for current OU students.  Additional scholarships may be available through various  academic departments  or programs and require their own application. OU offers and renews awards at its sole and absolute discretion; offers and renewals are contingent upon the availability of funds and continuation of the programs.

OU Grant & Scholarship
Renewal Criteria

* Summer attendance requires enrollment in full time OU credits (12+ credits), uses one semester of scholarship eligibility, and counts towards the renewal semesters.  Academic performance will be reviewed at the end of the summer semester to determine if the student is eligible for scholarship renewal for the following fall semester.  If the student does not complete full-time (12+ credits) and/or meet the GPA requirement for renewal, the award(s) will be cancelled for any remaining semesters at OU.

**Students participating in a Community College Partnership program must attend OU full time in their first college semester to be eligible to renew.
***Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits each fall and winter semester on the last day to drop/add classes with a 100% refund for the full semester.
Students who do not meet scholarship and/or grant renewal criteria and have extenuating circumstances, such as the death of an immediate family member or a serious illness or injury of the student, can request consideration for scholarship and/or grant reinstatement.  Students who feel they have extenuating circumstances need to discuss their circumstances with a Financial Services Advisor in person or over the phone.
Federal Grants
Undergraduate students are eligible for the Pell Grant. To view eligibility criteria, annual amounts, and aggregate limits, visit the Pell Grant page on the Federal Student Aid website. 

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional need and based on the availability of funds. For information regarding eligibility criteria and annual amounts visit the FSEOG page on the Federal Student Aid website.


Federal Work-Study
Available to undergraduate and graduate students, work-study awards are wages that can be earned through a campus job and does not have to be repaid. Funds are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis according to a student's financial need. Visit to search and apply for student employment positions.


Federal Loans
Student loans:
An undergraduate student can receive federal loans without a co-signer. The most commonly awarded loans for undergraduate students are the Federal Direct Subsidized and Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans, which are awarded based on a student's financial need. The Federal Perkins loan is a limited fund awarded on a first-come, first-served basis according to a student's financial need. For more information about annual and aggregate limits, interest rates, and repayment visit the types of loans page on the Federal Student Aid website. 

Parent loans:
Parents of dependent undergraduate students are able to apply for a Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan. The Parent PLUS loan is approved or denied based on the parent's credit, and if approved, the parent is responsible for repayment. If a parent is denied for a loan based on credit, an additional amount of the Unsubsidized loan will be awarded in the student's name. An online application is available at For information regarding interest rates and repayment terms, visit the PLUS loans page on the Federal Student Aid website. View Parent PLUS Loan application instructions.



Visit the State of Michigan website for information about Michigan grant programs.



Private Scholarships
Private scholarships are abundantly available for students from organizations, foundations, companies, and individuals. Students can increase the probability they will be selected for private scholarships by increasing the number of applications submitted. Search for private scholarships on large online databases called clearinghouses, such as:

Private Loans

Choose loan programs you can live with long term.  Government loan programs usually offer lower interest rates and more flexible repayment plans than most private/alternative loans.  Maximize your borrowing from all federal loans before considering supplemental funds from a private loan. The limit on a private loan is equal to the cost of education minus other awarded financial aid.

A number of banks and lending institutions offer private loan funding to assist students with the cost of education. A co-signer may be required, depending on the student's credit history and credit worthiness. Borrow wisely and compare lenders to make a smart, long-term choice. Be wary of private loan offers which discourage you from working with your financial aid office, offer introductory rates, do not tie the loan interest rate to a fixed percentage of LIBOR or PRIME rate, or claim that you can apply and receive money immediately. OU will certify a private loan from any private lender. Many private loan options are available and students can choose to apply for a private loan with any banking institution of their choice.  If students need to utilize loans, it is best to exhaust all federal loan options before seeking a private loan.  Read more about federal and private loan options.  Although not a comprehensive list, provides a brief overview of private loan options.

Consider these factors when shopping for a lender:


  • Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional Development, Certification
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Enrollment Requirements – ie., less than half-time
  • International Students

Interest rate

  • With or without a co-borrower (co-signer)
  • Interest adjusted when and how


  • Origination fees and other charges
  • Prepayment
  • Late fees

Borrower benefits

  • Direct Debit
  • Co-borrower release
  • Graduation reward

Repayment terms

  • When does repayment begin?
  • Can principal and interest be deferred?
  • When is interest capitalized?
  • Maximum repayment period

Loan limits

  • Minimum loan amount
  • Annual and aggregate loan limits
  • Allow loans for past balances (if applicable)


  • Responsive customer service
  • Student focused

Consolidation loans combine several loans, with various repayment schedules, into one loan, requiring you to make only one monthly payment. The interest rate on a consolidation loan also may be lower than what you're currently paying on one or more of your loans. Student borrowers with at least one Federal Direct Loan may wish to consider a Direct Consolidation Loan.