WE ARE covering tuition for Ohio families with incomes of $60,000 or less.

What Otterbein Does to Make a 21st Century Education Affordable


Otterbein’s Opportunity Scholarship covers tuition for Ohio residents whose families earn $60,000 or less, or who are federal Pell grant recipients, up to a student’s financial need, after all federal and state aid, including the direct student loan has been applied.


You will NOT BE SURPRISED by unexpected tuition increases, nor will Otterbein over-inflate current tuition rates in order to keep tuition flat for four years. You will know, before you enroll, what tuition costs will be for each year of your four-year degree. It’s that simple.


Otterbein offers a full slate of competitive scholarships to recognize student achievement. All scholarships are awarded for full-time study for FOUR YEARS as long as academic requirements are fulfilled.


Nearly all Otterbein students receive merit and/or need-based aid. The average Otterbein student receives more than 50% off tuition.

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What Otterbein Costs

2018-2019 Expenses
Tuition $32,024
Room & Board $11,184
Student Fees $450
TOTAL $43,658

Don’t worry,

You’re not going to pay this amount.

Average Aid by Income for Fall 2019 Admits

$30,000 $29,283 $5,500
$60,000 $26,494 $5,500
< $100,000 $19,899 $5,500
< $135,000 $18,287 $5,500
> $135,000 $17,600 $5,500
Did not file FAFSA $16,158 N / A

Aid includes all Otterbein merit, talent, and need-based aid, plus state and federal need-based aid.

Everyday Affordability. Everyday Benefits

Otterbein offers some great perks to help make the day-to-day a little more affordable, including:

FREE washers and dryers in every residence hall. Save $200 a year or more on two loads a week.

FREE black and white printing and scanning at Otterbein’s eight public computer labs and the Courtright Memorial Library.

Otterbein’s nationally recognized Musical Theatre and Dance program makes FREE admission to music, theatre and dance performances a big score saving students $150 a year.


FREE admission to all home Cardinal Athletic events. With 21 OAC Division III men’s and women’s teams, you’ll be able to find your new favorite Cardinal team.

FREE admission to campus art galleries and exhibits.

FREE use of the Clements Rec Center including access to circuit equipment and drop-in classes ranging from yoga to Zumba.

Tuition Transparency

At Otterbein, we know tuition transparency is important and we are committed to providing you with all the information you need to make the right decision about your college education. Watch this video to learn more about what tuition transparency and what it means for you.

Dual Admission Program

For the lowest cost four-year private degree, explore Otterbein’s Dual Admission Program with Columbus State Community College. Students can earn both an Associate degree and their Otterbein Bachelor degree for less than the cost of a Bachelor degree at any of Ohio’s public Universities.

“During my college search, two things were important to me: affordability and size. Initially, Otterbein wasn’t on my list. Of all the schools I applied to, Otterbein ended up being the most affordable and throughout my time it continued to be.”

Taren Boone '19, Psychology Major from Columbus, Ohio