Otterbein Scholarships & Awards
The Otterbein application for admission is also the application for consideration for Otterbein scholarships. The completed application, including additional materials submitted as part of the application, such as the student’s high school or college transcript(s), ACT or SAT scores, and recommendations may be used in scholarship decisions. Some scholarships also require submission of the FAFSA, or interviews, portfolio reviews, auditions and/or participation in additional activities. Unless otherwise noted, Otterbein scholarships are renewable for up to eight semesters or first undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. 2.75 Otterbein GPA required for renewal.
Note: Otterbein institutional aid can never exceed the value of tuition.
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Test Optional Admission and Scholarships Policy
Due to Covid-19 disruptions to the availability of ACT and SAT tests, Otterbein has adopted a test optional admission and scholarship policy. 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.
FAST FAFSA FACTS
Students admitted for Fall 2022 who filed the FAFSA received, on average, $3,742 more in Otterbein aid than families who didn’t file.
Ask us how!
- Otterbein’s FAFSA Code: 003110
- FAFSA applications available online at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa: Oct. 1
- FAFSA priority filing date for May 1 decision: Feb. 15
Scholarships Awarded at the Time of Admission
The following scholarships are awarded to domestic or international undergraduate students during the admission review process. Students cannot retroactively request consideration for these awards.
Awarded to students who have demonstrated scholarship and leadership in high school. Consideration for these awards is based on a student’s overall application for admission. These scholarships are renewable for up to four years. These scholarships are exclusive of each other.
President’s Scholarship $17,000 to $18,000
Typically awarded to students with a high school GPA > 3.75 OR students with a HS GPA > 3.5 and an ACT composite of 24 or higher (SAT 1180 EBW & M). Four year value $68,000 – $72,000.
Provost’s Scholarship $14,000 to $15,000
Typically awarded to students with a high school GPA > 3.2 OR students with a HS GPA > 2.95 and an ACT composite of 21 or higher (SAT 1080 EBW & M). Four year value $56,000 – $60,000.
Alumni Scholarship $12,000 to $13,000
Typically awarded to students with a high school GPA > 2.75 OR students with a HS GPA < 2.75, and an ACT composite of 18 or higher (SAT 970 EBW & M). Four year value $48,000 – $52,000.
Otterbein Advantage Partnership Scholarship $19,000
Awarded to new first year or transfer students at time of admission in lieu of other merit awards for students under the age of 23 whose parent or guardian is a qualified employee of an Otterbein Advantage Partner. For a complete list of qualifying partners, visit www.otterbein.edu/advantage. Four year value $76,000.
Other awards of interest (stack on merit/achievement scholarships):
Housing Grant $2,000
Offered to students choosing to live in a university residence hall. Renewable if student remains in eligible university housing. Not available for students living in University apartments, theme houses, fraternity and sorority houses, or commuting.
Sibling/Legacy Award $1,000
Offered to new First Year students whose parent or grandparent is an Otterbein Alumna/Alumnus or who have a sibling concurrently enrolled.
Awards requiring the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
FAFSA Completion Award $1,000
Awarded to all new first year students who apply and submit the FAFSA to Otterbein by January 15. This award is renewable for four years as long as students continue to submit the FAFSA by January 15 each year. This is not a need-based award. FAFSA Required.
This last-dollar award covers the direct cost of tuition, up to the student’s full financial need as determined by the FAFSA, after all federal and state aid, including the Direct Student loan, has been applied. Must be an Ohio resident with a family income of $60,000 or less or be a federal Pell grant recipient. Amount varies. The Opportunity Scholarship does not cover room and board or books. FAFSA required.
Tuition Exchange Scholarship- up to full tuition.
Competitive award for students with a parent or guardian employed by a participating university. Those awarded the tuition exchange scholarship must live on campus for all four years. See https://telo.tuitionexchange.org/schools.cfm for more information.
Otterbein United Methodist Ministerial Grants $500 to $7,000
Awarded to Otterbein students whose parent or guardian is a United Methodist Minister and who has unmet financial need. Replaces all other Otterbein need-based aid. FAFSA Required.
Awards with Additional Criteria or Evaluation
Full Tuition Scholarships
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.
Humanities Scholars $500 to $3,000
Awarded to admitted Humanities students who live in the Creativity & Culture Living Learning Community or Honors housing. Requires interview. May be renewed for up to eight semesters as long as enrollment in a Humanities major is continued. Not eligible for students with Creative Writing Talent award or Music participation awards.
Admitted students in the following majors qualify for this award:
- Art History & Visual Culture
- Creative Writing
- Global Studies
- Philosophy & Religion
- Spanish & Latin American Studies
- Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
- AYA (7-12) Integrated Social Studies Education (with B.A. in History)
- AYA (7-12) Integrated Language Arts Education (with B.A. in English)
These awards can increase your financial aid package by $1,115 to $8,500 more. Visit our Choose Ohio First scholarships page for more information about these opportunities.
Choose Ohio First Allied Health Scholarship - amount varies
Awarded to Ohio residents who attend Otterbein with a declared major in Allied Health. The scholarship is awarded based on financial need with a preference given to students who are underrepresented in Allied Health based on gender, ethnicity, income level, or school district. Renewable with 3.0 GPA and must remain in Allied Health major. FAFSA Required. Interview Required.
Choose Ohio First Equine Scholarship - amount varies
Awarded to Ohio residents who attend Otterbein with a declared major in Equine Pre-Veterinary/Pre-Graduate Studies or Equine Veterinary Technology. The scholarship is awarded based on financial need with a preference given to students who are underrepresented in Equine Pre-Veterinary/Pre-Graduate Studies or Equine Veterinary Technology based on gender, ethnicity, income level, or school district. Renewable with 3.0 GPA and must remain in Equine Pre-Veterinary/Pre-Graduate Studies or Equine Veterinary Technology major. FAFSA Required. Interview Required.
Choose Ohio First Mathematics Scholarship - amount varies
Awarded to Ohio residents who attend Otterbein with a declared major in the Mathematics Department programs. The scholarship is awarded based on financial need with a preference given to students who are underrepresented in Mathematics based on gender, ethnicity, income level, or school district. FAFSA Required. Interview Required. Renewable with 3.0 GPA and must remain in Mathematics major.
Choose Ohio First Nursing Scholarship - amount varies
Awarded to Ohio residents who attend Otterbein with a declared major in the Nursing Department programs. The scholarship is awarded based on financial need with a preference given to students who are underrepresented in Nursing based on gender, ethnicity, income level, or school district. FAFSA Required. Interview Required. Renewable with 3.0 GPA and must remain in Nursing major.
Choose Ohio First STEM Scholarship - amount varies
Awarded to Ohio residents admitted to the Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Engineering Physics, or Systems Engineering majors. Preference given to low-income, first generation and under represented students. FAFSA Required. Interview Required. Renewable with 3.0 GPA and must remain in STEM major.
Cristo Rey Columbus Affordability Commitment
Otterbein University commits to cover full unmet need to tuition for students graduating from Cristo Rey Columbus who enroll at Otterbein as new student in the Fall semester 2024 and later. Students who are recipients of both the federal Pell grant and the Ohio College Opportunity grant will be funded to tuition without the use of the federal direct student loan program.
To be awarded students must:
- Be admitted as a first time first year or transfer undergraduate student at Otterbein for Fall 2024 or later.
- Must file the FAFSA and send data to Otterbein University. Must complete verification process if selected. Must file the FAFSA every year to renew grant.
- Enroll full-time (12 -18 credit hours). Students must pay additional charges if enrolling for more than 18 credit hours in a term.
Note: This award is valid for 8 semesters or first undergraduate degree, whichever comes first.
Global Scholars Diploma Scholarship
New students who have participated in or are current participants in the Global Scholars diploma from the Columbus Council on World Affairs are eligible for a $19,000 scholarship at Otterbein University beginning Fall 2024. To be eligible, students must:
- Indicate their participation in the Global Scholars diploma program on their application for admission.
- Must be admitted to Otterbein University and enroll as a new student in Fall 2024 or later.
- Students must enroll fulltime (12 credit hours).
- The Global Scholars diploma scholarship replace other merit scholarships/award.
- The scholarship is renewable for up to 8 semesters or first undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. A 2.75 GPA is required for renewal.
LGBTQIA Scholarship and other endowed awards
Otterbein donors provide more than $2.5 million in annual scholarship support for Otterbein students. The Otterbein application serves as the application for Otterbein endowed scholarships that are awarded through the admission process. Must apply by December 15. Some awards require interview or audition.
Honoring Service to Country Scholarship – $19,000
Awarded to recipients of Folds of Honor award or the Ohio War Orphans Scholarship. The value of this award replaces other Otterbein merit aid.
Yellow Ribbon Scholarship
Otterbein is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon GI Educational Enhancement Program which allows eligible veterans to attend Otterbein tuition free. Eligible Post 9/11 GI Bill veterans may also transfer their unused educational benefits to their spouses or children.
Talent and Participation Awards
Talent and Participation Awards $500 to $26,000
Awarded to students majoring in Art, Communications, Creative Writing, Music, and Theatre, or minoring in Dance. All talent and participation awards require a separate audition, portfolio review, interview and/or essay. Students must be majors in the department they are awarded a talent award. Limit of one talent award per student. Renewal criteria set by department. Students must remain a major in the awarding department.
Talent awards offered after a student has been awarded need-based aid may result in the reduction or elimination of the need-based aid.
Art Talent Awards $1,000 to $8,000
Art majors can electronically submit two images of their art work for an initial talent award of $1,000 to $3,000. Admitted students can undergo a full portfolio review with the opportunity to earn an additional $1,000 – $5,000 in talent awards.
For more information visit www.otterbein.edu/art/scholarships/art-talent-award
Music Talent Awards $16,000 to $26,000
Awarded to Music majors through an audition process. Talent award is offered in lieu of other Otterbein awards or merit scholarships.
Young Artist Award $30,000
Competitively awarded to five Otterbein Music majors who excel during the audition process. Additional auditions and submissions required. Replaces all other Otterbein aid and scholarships. Must apply by December 15.
Music Participation Awards $3,000 to $6,000
Offered to non-Music majors who agree to participate in Otterbein ensembles and take required private lessons and courses. Audition required.
Athletic Band $1,000
For participants of Otterbein Athletic band. Must play woodwind, brass or percussion instrument, or be a member of color guard or twirler. Audition/tryout required.
For more information visit www.otterbein.edu/music/apply
Theatre and Dance
Theatre Talent Awards (BFA Musical Theatre and Acting) $16,000 to $26,000
Awarded to admitted students through the audition process. Talent award is offered in lieu of other Otterbein awards or merit scholarships.
Theatre Talent Awards (BFA Design Tech and BA Theatre) $3,000 to $8,000
Awarded to admitted students through portfolio review or interview. Stacks on base merit award.
Dance Talent awards $2,000
Awarded to students minoring in Dance. Audition required.
For more information visit www.otterbein.edu/theatre-dance/apply
Communication Abilities Awards $1,000 to $3,000
Designed to recognize outstanding students interested in communications careers. Must remain a major in the Communication department and a 3.0 GPA to renew.
For more information visit www.otterbein.edu/communication/scholarships
Teaching Talent Award $1,000 to $3,000
Awarded to incoming education students who have early exposure to teaching that led to college credit (e.g., CCP, CTAG). Examples of early exposure to teaching experiences include but are not limited to: Participation in your district’s Teacher Academy, taking education courses at your district’s career center, earning a grade of C or better in a CCP course in Education.
For more information contact Gaby Miller email@example.com.
Adult & Transfer Student 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 https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.
Associate Degree Scholarship - $17,000
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 - $15,500
Awardees have an accumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher of college level work
Provost Scholarship - $11,000
Awardees have an accumulative GPA of 2.71-3.4 of college level work
Alumni Scholarship - $8,000
Awardees have an accumulative GPA of 2.0-2.7 of college level work
Additional Information & Resources
How much does Otterbein cost?
How much will it cost?
|Room & Board||$ 11,774|
|Student Fee||$ 450|
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.
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.
*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:
Please answer the following questions. To receive an estimate of your Otterbein Scholarship, please submit your GPA and at least one test score. For a more complete estimate of your financial aid package, complete the last four questions as well.
This is not an application for aid and does not guarantee admissions into Otterbein University. You must complete your Admission Application to receive your scholarship offer. You must submit a FAFSA to get your need-based aid award.
The above financial aid package is designed to give your family an estimate of how much financial assistance you may be eligible to receive for the 2022 - 2023 academic year. This tool is designed for students who will be new first-year, full-time students and is not intended for use by prospective transfer, returning, continuing, international or part-time Otterbein students. This estimate does not represent a final determination, or actual award, of financial assistance or a final net price. Costs of attendance and financial aid availability change from year to year. This is not an application for aid and does not guarantee admissions into Otterbein University.
To determine the actual assistance that you will receive from Otterbein University, you should apply for admission by January 15 of your senior year and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15th. All prospective students and their parents are encouraged to complete and submit the FAFSA.
*The total cost of attendance used is based on the housing selected; Commuter ($40,720) or On-Campus ($49,714). These values include direct and indirect costs associated with being a full-time Otterbein student.
Online Scholarship Search
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