Otterbein Scholarships & Awards

These are the scholarship opportunities for students entering during the 2020–2021 Academic Year.

Academic merit scholarships are awarded based on strength of academic performance, including High School GPA, class rank (if available) and ACT or SAT score. 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.

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.

Talent awards require an additional audition, portfolio, interview or other information.

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 7thsemester high school transcript) for reconsideration until Jan. 31, however scholarships, housing grants and talent or participation awards cannot be changed after need-based aid has been awarded.

Otterbein institutional aid (need-based, grants, merit scholarships, talent, participation or endowed awards) cannot exceed the value of full tuition.

Test Optional Admission Policy 2021
Due to Covid-19 disruptions to the availability of ACT and SAT tests, Otterbein has adopted a test optional admission policy for Spring, Summer and Fall terms 2021. Students with high school GPA of 2.75 or lower are encouraged to submit a test score if available. Some academic programs or courses may require an ACT/ SAT score, placement score or additional pre-requisite courses for enrollment. For complete information visit: otterbein.edu/testoptional.

How much does Otterbein cost?

How much will it cost?

 2020-2021 Expenses
Tuition $ 32,624
Room & Board
$ 11,774
Student Fee $ 450
TOTAL $44,848

 

And while some of our families pay a little more each year for an Otterbein education than they would at a state school, they tell us they’re still saving money the long term. Why? Otterbein students are more likely to finish on time. Four years at a slightly higher rate is still cheaper than five years someplace else.

Sticker Shock?

Most Otterbein graduates begin their careers owing much less than the average price of a new car.* Also in the “win” column, your degree won’t depreciate the minute you drive off of campus.

$36,270

*The average cost of a new car in 2018, according to the Kelley Blue Book.

Curious about your costs? Our Financial Aid Estimator will give you a quick estimate of what your financial aid package could be:

Award Levels

  • PRESIDENT’S SCHOLARSHIP*  starts at $15,500 — Covers almost half tuition!

Typically awarded to students with a high school GPA > 3.75, or students with a HS GPA >3.5 and/or are in the top 15% of their class, and have an ACT composite of 24 or higher (SAT 1180 EBW & M).
Four year value $62,000.

  • PROVOST SCHOLARSHIP*  starts at $11,000 — Covers one third tuition!

Typically awarded to students with a high school GPA > 3.2, or students with a HS GPA > 2.95 and/or are in the top 40%of their class, and have an ACT composite of 21 or higher (SAT 1080 EBW & M).
Four year value $44,000.

  • ALUMNI SCHOLAR AWARD*  starts at $8,000 — Covers almost one quarter tuition!

Typically awarded to students with a high school GPA >2.75, or students with a HS GPA <2.75, and have an ACT of 18 or higher (SAT 970 EBW & M).
Four year value $32,000.

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

Full-Need Opportunity Scholarship

The Opportunity Scholarship covers the direct cost of tuition up to the student’s full need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), after all federal and state aid, including the federal Stafford loan, has been applied. The Opportunity Scholarship does not cover books, or room and board.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR YOU?

Your out-of-pocket expense, for tuition equals your EFC.

  • $0 EFC = no out-of-pocket expense for tuition
  • $100 EFC = $100 out-of-pocket
  • $500 EFC = $500 out-of-pocket, and so on.

WHO QUALIFIES?

  • New first-year or transfer students beginning Fall 2020 or later.
  • Must be Pell grant eligible. File the FAFSA by Oct. 1.
  • Must be an Ohio resident.
  • Students must enroll full-time.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

  • Renewable for up to 8 semesters or first degree by maintaining 2.75 gpa.
  • Must file FAFSA each year and remain Pell grant eligible.
  • Otterbein’s FAFSA Code: 003110
  • FAFSA priority filing date or May 1 decision: Feb. 15

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Competitive Scholarships

  • Otterbein Full Tuition Scholarship Competition

    Otterbein awards three full tuition scholarships through an essay competition. The value of this award replaces all other Otterbein aid. By invitation only.

  • Battelle Half Tuition Scholarship

    Competitive award for student leaders from Franklin and contiguous counties. Stacks on base merit award. Value of this award replaces all other Otterbein aid. By invitation only.

Talent Awards

  • Music Talent Awards for majors

    Music Talent Awards for majors: $5,000 – $24,000. Offered to students majoring in music. These awards are given on the basis of demonstrated talent as determined by audition. Includes the value of all other merit and non-need based grants. Audition required.

  • Music Participation Awards for non-majors

    Music Participation Awards for non-majors: $1,000 – $4,000. Offered to students not majoring in music but who are participating in an Otterbein Music department ensemble. These awards are given on the basis of demonstrated talent as determined by audition. Audition required.

  • Athletic Band

    Athletic Band: $1,000. Offered to students participating in athletic band, including color guard and baton twirlers. Audition required.

  • Talent Awards for Communication, Creative Writing and Dance

    Talent Awards for Communication, Creative Writing and Dance: $500 – $4,000. Offered to students majoring in Communications, Creative Writing or minoring in dance. These awards are given based on demonstrated talent as determined by audition, portfolio review, written essay and/or interview.

  • Talent Awards for Majors in BFA Acting and BFA Musical Theatre

    Talent Awards for Majors in BFA Acting and BFA Musical Theatre: $4000 – $23,000. Offered to students majoring in theatre performance and given on the basis of demonstrated talent as determined by audition. This includes the value of all other merit awards.

  • Talent Awards for Art Major

    Talent Awards for Art Major: $2,000 – $8,000. Offered to students majoring in Art based on portfolio review of demonstrated talent.

  • Teacher Academy Talent Award

    Students who complete a Teacher Academy Capstone project in high school and have a minimum ACT subscore of 20 in English and Math, or an SAT score of 500 in Evidence-Based Reading and 500 Math can earn a $1,000, $2,000 or $3,000 Education Talent award through an on campus interview with Education department and portfolio review.

  • Grow Your Own Diversity Scholarship

    Open to students of color completing Teacher Academy Capstone project and a minimum ACT subscore of 20 in English and Math, or an SAT score of 500 in Evidence-Based Reading and 500 Math through an on campus interview with Education department.

Other Opportunities

  • Legacy Award

    Legacy Award: $1,000. Offered to students whose parent(s) or grandparent(s) attended Otterbein.

  • Sibling Awards

    Sibling Awards: $1,000. Offered to each student with a sibling concurrently enrolled at Otterbein.

  • Yellow Ribbon Program

    Otterbein participates in the Yellow Ribbon program with special awards for students using post 9/11 GI Bill educational benefits.

  • Otterbein United Methodist Ministerial Grant

    Otterbein United Methodist Ministerial Grant: $500 – $7,000. Offered to Otterbein students with a parent who is a United Methodist Minister and who has unmet financial need. FAFSA Required. This grant replaces other Otterbein need-based aid.

  • Ammons Thomas Scholarship

    Ammons Thomas Scholarship: $2,000 – $5,000. Offered to multicultural students who exhibit both strong scholarship and leadership. Consideration for this award is based on student’s overall application for admission..

  • International Baccalaureate Scholarship

    International Baccalaureate Scholarship: $1,000 – $5000.Recognizes students participating in the IB program. Must pass two IB courses to qualify. Not eligible to students with talent, participation or Ammons Thomas awards..

  • Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

    Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC): Full tuition, educational fees, books/material stipend, living expenses stipend. Otterbein will match the scholarship with Room & Board.

    Four- or three-year scholarship options based on the applicant’s competitive criteria as a member of ROTC. The scholarship requires an Active Duty, Reserves or National Guard commitment following graduation.

  • Otterbein LGBTQI+ Scholarship

    Otterbein LGBTQI+ Scholarship: $1000. Renewable for up to 4 years. Consideration given to student(s) who identify as LGBTQI+ on Otterbein’s supplementary undergraduate endowed scholarship application.

  • International Undergraduate Scholarships

    International Undergraduate Scholarships: $12,000 – $15,000. Students are automatically considered for this merit-based scholarship at the time of application. This award is based on a combination of factors including test scores and academic performance. International students studying in the U.S. for three or more years of high school or 30 semester hours of college will be reviewed for merit scholarships using the criteria for domestic students.

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- Literary Studies majors, History & Political Science, Modern Languages & Cultures, 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

Otterbein Honoring Service Scholarship
This scholarship is available to any undergraduate that is a recipient of the Ohio War Orphan & Severely Disabled Veterans’ Scholarship and/or a recipient of the Folds of Honor Higher Education Scholarship who has not completed a Bachelor’s degree, whether they are applying as a new first-time first year student or a transfer student. The current value of the award is $19,000. This scholarship opportunity starts for students entering during the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

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

Eligibility for Otterbein Adult & Transfer Scholarships

Transfer Scholarship

  • Associate Degree Scholarship $17,000 (valued at more than half tuition!)

    We want to ensure all Community College graduates from an accredited institution know they are valued and will make a great addition to the Cardinal family. Students who have already earned their Associate’s Degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher are eligible for our Associate Degree Scholarship. Students must remain in full-time status while completing their Bachelor’s degree to maintain the Associate Degree Scholarship.

  • Presidential Scholarship $16,500 (valued at more than half tuition!)

    Awardees have an accumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher of college level work

  • Provost Scholarship $11,000 (valued at more than a third tuition!)

    Awardees have an accumulative GPA of 2.71-3.4 of college level work

  • Alumni Scholarship $8,000 (nearly a quarter tuition!)

    Awardees have an accumulative GPA of 2.0-2.7 of college level work

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.

Submit your application before December 15 to take full advantage of Otterbein’s scholarship opportunities.

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