Zero Percent Tuition Increase for Since 2013

Otterbein Announces No Increase in Tuition for Fourth Year, Expands Popular Financial Aid Program

Otterbein continues to hold tuition at a 0% increase for the last four years while continuing to invest more in financial aid availability.

Affordability is one of our main priorities at Otterbein.  

Big opportunities should never mean big debt.

Kathy Krendl, Otterbein University President

We’ve held tuition at a 0% increase for the last four years.   We believe in rewarding talent, investing in potential, and doing what it takes to keep Otterbein accessible and affordable.  Most adult students are surprised to discover that private schools can be just as affordable as public schools once all the factors are taken into account, such as tuition, merit aid, scholarships and financial aid offerings.

Adult students are eligible for the following scholarships:

Scholarships for Adult Transfer Students

Otterbein Academic Merit Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded based on strength of academic performance.  Full-time transfer students with 30 earned credit hours from their institution and who meet the GPA guidelines are eligible.  Transfer students with less than 30 earned credit hours will be considered for the same scholarships, but their complete academic history will be used (high school GPA, class rank, ACT/SAT scores and college GPA).  All students are eligible to file for need-based aid by completing the FAFSA form and requires a 2.75 GPA at the end of the student's second year of study for renewal.

Cardinal Grant


Awarded to students demonstrating academic achievement, leadership, civic engagement and/or community service.  This non-need based grant may be stacked with Otterbein Academic Merit Scholarship.  May be renewed for up to eight semesters or first bachelor's degree if student maintains 2.75 GPA and enrollment status, academic plan and housing status remain unchanged.  This award may be reevaluated for adjustment or replaced with other institutional or endowed aid.

Columbus State Community College Scholarship


Awarded to students who are graduating with their associate degree from Columbus State Community College with a minimum 2.75 GPA and are directly transferring to Otterbein to complete their bachelor degree.  Students save on housing and meal plan costs by continuing to live at home while attending Otterbein.  This scholarship is renewable as long as the student is enrolled full time and maintains a 2.75 GPA while at Otterbein.

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

We encourage you to apply for aid, regardless of your financial situation. Please do not assume you will not qualify for assistance. Last year more than 95 percent of our students qualified for assistance.

  1. Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the first step in the financial aid process. You can fill out and submit your application through FAFSA on the Web at Electronic filing is the fastest and easiest way to apply for financial aid. Be sure to list Otterbein University and our Title IV school code 003110.
  2. If requested, please submit any additional documentation to the Office of Financial Aid.  Once you are an admitted student and we have received your FAFSA and all required supplemental documents you will received a need-based aid package.

Online Scholarship Search

The following sites are helpful for searching for available scholarships:

  • FastWeb's free scholarship search inc

    ludes more than 600,000 scholarships worth more than $1 billion. FastWeb also offers expert advice and how-tos on financial aid, scholarships, selecting a major, choosing a career and more.


    Connect now with the nearly $6 BILLION in available scholarship aid and $45 BILLION in federal and state grants.

  • Outside Scholarship Listing -Our office is posting outside scholarships on Facebook. We are notified occasionally of scholarships being offered. Go to our Facebook page and Like us to receive these and other important notices.