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Otterbein recognizes Student achievement through a combination of merit scholarships and non-need based grants. Academic merit scholarships are awarded based on strength of academic performance, leadership, civic engagement, and/or community service. Renewable for up to eight semesters of full-time study or the student’s first bachelor degree by maintaining a 2.75 GPA at the end of the student’s second year of study and making satisfactory academic progress. Cardinal grants are non-need based awards and may be replaced with other institutional or endowed awards, or be reevaluated for adjustment annually. Housing grants may be offered to students choosing to live on campus in traditional or suite-style residence halls with meal plans. Housing grants are not available to students living in Otterbein apartments or theme houses, fraternity or sorority houses, or students who commute or live in off-campus housing.

Students are encouraged to apply by Dec. 15 to be considered for the broadest range of scholarship opportunities, and may submit new information (test score or 7th semester high school transcript) for reconsideration until Jan. 31, however scholarships and grants cannot be changed after need-based aid has been awarded.

Award Levels

  • Up to $13,000

  • Up to $10,000

  • Up to $ 5,000

* Otterbein institutional aid (need-based, non need-based, merit and talent) cannot exceed the value of full tuition.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Competitive Scholarships

  • Otterbein Full Tuition Scholarship Competition

  • Battelle Half Tuition Scholarship

Talent Awards

  • Music Talent Awards for majors

  • Music Participation Awards for non-majors

  • Athletic Band

  • Talent Awards for Art, Communication, Theater and Dance

Other Opportunities

  • Legacy Award

  • Sibling Awards

  • Yellow Ribbon Program

  • Otterbein United Methodist Ministerial Grant

  • Ammons Thomas Scholarship

  • International Baccalaureate Scholarship

Awards Requiring Separate Application

Otterbein offers special endowed scholarships, GO:Fund Award (Guaranteed Opportunity Fund), CardinalCorps awards and the Van Sant Leadership award that require separate applications.

GO:Fund Award (Guaranteed Opportunity Fund): $2,500. The GO:Fund is a one-time grant offered to students admitted to one of the following departments (English, History & Political Science, Modern Languages, or Religion & Philosophy) to support participation in an Otterbein-approved study abroad or internship opportunity during the student’s junior or senior year. To receive the grant, students must remain in the department to which they were admitted, maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and have been consecutively enrolled fulltime for at least four semesters.

CardinalCorps Leaders are a group of students who coordinate weekly service programs at Otterbein. Van Sant Fellows serve as ambassadors for leadership development on campus.  Students who are awarded these scholarships will receive $1500 each year ($750 per semester).  These scholarships are awarded to first year students during the admission process only, and are renewable.  Current Otterbein students are not eligible to apply for this award. Questions? Email the Center for Community Engagement at cce@otterbein.edu

For questions about the endowment application email the Admission Office at uotterb@otterbein.edu

Eligibility for Otterbein Adult & Transfer Scholarships

Full-time transfer students with 30 earned credit hours from their institution and who meet the GPA guidelines are eligible for several transfer scholarships. 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 at www.fafsa.gov.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Here are some scholarships outside of Otterbein that you may wish to investigate.

Online Scholarship Search

The following sites are helpful for searching for available scholarships:

  • FastWeb's free scholarship search includes 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. 
  • MyCollegeDollars.com - 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.  


/ Financial Aid Office

Financial Aid is located in Barlow Hall, 88 Cochran Alley

p/ 614.823.1502
f/ 614-823-1588
e/ financialaid@otterbein.edu

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/ Undergraduate Admission

The Office of Admission is located in Clippinger Hall, 102 W. College Ave.

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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