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Paying for College

At Oakland University, we’re doing all we can to help make an exceptional education affordable. Today, more than half of all OU students receive financial assistance totaling more than $150 million annually. You can benefit from those funds, too. Click the tabs below to learn about scholarships and other forms of financial assistance, and the cost of attendance at OU including the net price calculator. 

Visit Student Financial Services for more information on need-based aid.

To qualify for academic merit scholarships, be sure to apply by the following dates:

  • March 1: fall freshmen
  • August 1: fall transfers
  • December 1: winter transfers

OU scholarships and grants are awarded to domestic, incoming freshmen and transfer students, and may be renewable if you meet the Oakland University scholarship and grant renewal criteria.

International students do not qualify for our academic merit scholarships, except where reflected.

Download the 2016 Scholarships and Financial Aid booklet for award details, plus information on legacy scholarships and need-based aid.

Freshman
Awards

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

Transfer
Scholarships

To be considered for scholarships, entering transfer students must apply and submit all admission materials by August 1 (for fall transfers) or December 1 (for winter transfers).

If you meet these deadlines, you will automatically be considered for OU scholarships. Awards are based on your academic record, including GPA, at the time of application. International students are not eligible for scholarships, except where reflected.

PHI THETA KAPPA AWARD $2,000 for two years ($1,000 per year)

Awarded to community college students with a minimum of a 3.5 cumulative GPA and at least 24 transferable credits. This award may be earned in addition to the Distinguished or Talented Transfer Award. Note that 24 transferable credits must be earned by the scholarship deadline.

DISTINGUISHED TRANSFER AWARD $3,000 for two years ($1,500 per year)

Awarded to new transfer students with a college GPA of 3.60 or higher and 24 or more transferable credits. Note that 24 transferable credits must be earned by the scholarship deadline.

TALENTED TRANSFER AWARD $2,000 for two years ($1,000 per year)

Awarded to new transfer students with a college GPA of 3.0-3.59 and 24 or more transferable credits. Note that 24 transferable credits must be earned by the scholarship deadline.

NON-RESIDENT AWARD In-state tuition rates for two years

Awarded to transfer students with a college GPA of 3.0 or higher and 24 or more transferable credits, who are not Michigan residents. The award allows students to pay in-state tuition rates. Citizens of Canada and Mexico also qualify. Note that 24 transferable credits must be earned by the scholarship deadline.

To see available scholarships, please select from the following.

 

Available Freshman Scholarships

Available Transfer Student Scholarships

Available International Student Scholarships

Available Returning Alumni Scholarships

Tuition

BASE TUITION RATES apply to courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education and Human Services.

  • Lower-division rates apply to freshmen and sophomores with fewer than 56 credits, and non-matriculating (non-degree seeking) students.
  • Upper-division rates apply to juniors and seniors with 56 or more credits, students who have earned undergraduate degrees and are admitted to OU for a second undergraduate degree program, all students with post-bachelor admission status, and guest students from other colleges.
  • Non-resident tuition rates apply to non-Michigan residents and are also based on upper- and lower-division status.
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES COURSES
Lower Division$383.75
Upper Division$445.00
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES COURSES
Lower Division$383.75
Upper Division$445.00
NON-RESIDENT*
Lower Division$795.75
Upper Division$853.25

All rates are per credit hour.
*Some online programs are approved for in-state tuition. Visit oakland.edu/online/costs for a list.

DIFFERENTIAL TUITION RATES apply to courses offered by the School of Business Administration, School of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing.

  • Course numbers determine tuition rates in the academic units with differential tuition: courses 001-299 and courses 300 and above.
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION COURSES
001-299 level courses$403.75
300+ courses$475.00
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE COURSES
001-299 level courses$413.75
300+ courses$485.00
SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES COURSES
001-299 level courses$393.75
300+ courses$465.00
SCHOOL OF NURSING COURSES
001-299 level courses$408.75
300+ courses$480.00

All rates are per credit hour.

While you don't need to worry about any hidden fees at Oakland, you should consider other costs of attending college such as living arrangements and textbooks. The cost of books and supplies will vary depending on the courses you take, but a general estimate is $912 per year. Double occupancy  on-campus room and board is estimated to be $9,250 per year. See OU's  cost of attendance site for more information and estimates.
 
OU's cost per credit hour differs depending on your residency and class standing. Many out-of-state students (including citizens of Canada and Mexico) qualify for a scholarship that covers the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. See the scholarship tab for more information. 
 
Students who plan to attend Oakland University on a student visa (F-1) or an exchange visa (J-1) should check the tuition and cost tab in the international section of this website for prospective students.
Compare Costs

When it comes to the total cost to attend college, Oakland University remains a bargain compared to Michigan's other public research universities, partly because Oakland is the only school that has no fees (no registration fee, recreation fee, health fee, course fee, program fee, technology fee, etc.)

To keep education costs easy to understand and affordable, OU students simply pay tuition. ( Students living in on-campus housing will incur room and meal plan charges when applicable.) Oakland offers the sixth lowest all-in cost to students for the 2014-15 academic year. The total cost to attend, in fact, is about 28 percent less than the state's highest all-in price and $728 less than the average.


2014-15 COST COMPARISON CHART

STATE 
UNIVERSITY  
TUITION & 
MANDATORY
FEES 
OTHER 
FEES
ALL-IN 
COST

UM-Ann Arbor$14,336$1,518$15,854
Michigan Tech$14,040$1,473$15,513
Michigan State$14,006$323$14,329
Wayne$12,412$1,062$13,474
Western$11,198$1,236$12,434
UM-Dearborn$10,952$943$11,895
Central$11,550$253$11,803
Ferris$11,310$376$11,686
Grand Valley$11,028$540$11,568
Oakland$11,460$11,460
Eastern$9,663$1,525$11,188
UM-Flint$10,204$726$10,930
Lake Superior$10,279$593$10,872
Saginaw Valley$8,691$1,428$10,119
Northern$9,324$375$9,699
AVERAGE $11,364$825$12,188

Figures produced by the Oakland University Office of Finance and Administration based on data published by HEIDI, the Presidents Council — State Universities of Michigan, and state university websites. 
Housing
While on-campus housing is not required at Oakland, more than 2,700 students choose to live on OU's beautiful campus and enjoy benefits like wireless Internet, cable TV, lounges with big screens, free parking and free laundry facilities. Students who live on campus can also take advantage of OU Housing's employment and leadership opportunities. 
 
Students can also get help from The Tutoring Center tutors right in their residence hall. With five residence halls, six student apartment buildings, a grouping of townhomes, and several learning communities, OU offers enough options to provide the perfect fit for you. 
 
On-campus dining options include an all-you-can-eat dining hall and a mall-style food court. Learn more about our meal plans
 
Double occupancy on-campus room and board is estimated to be $9,250 per year

Housing