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Undergraduate Admissions

North Foundation Hall, Room 101
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(800) OAK-UNIV
(248) 370-3360
visit@oakland.edu

Office Hours
M-F 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Appointments
M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Undergraduate Admissions

North Foundation Hall, Room 101
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(800) OAK-UNIV
(248) 370-3360
visit@oakland.edu

Office Hours
M-F 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Appointments
M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Scholarships, Tuition and Financial Aid

You can fit Oakland University tuition into your budget—and we can help.

Since our founding in 1957, Oakland University has made affordable tuition a major priority, including tuition-free opportunities for those who qualify. The whole community benefits when first-class education is accessible to everyone.

The Oakland University financial aid team can use a wide range of tools to help you meet the cost of OU tuition. Our advisers offer personalized attention to help you design a sustainable plan for paying OU tuition that:

  • Supports your educational goals.
  • Fits your short-term budget and long-range financial needs.
  • Integrates multiple sources of financial aid.
  • Won’t leave you with unmanageable debt.
  • Minimizes hassle and maximizes convenience.

Types of OU Financial Aid

More than half of our students receive financial aid to help them cover some or all of their Oakland University tuition. We disburse more than $150 million each year in financial aid, with the average award exceeding $7,000 per student per year.

OU financial aid is available in various forms, including:

  • Scholarships, which are based on academic merit and do not require repayment.
  • Grants, which are based on financial need and do not require repayment.
  • Loans, which are based on financial eligibility and must be repaid after graduation.
  • Work-study jobs and campus employment.

Determining your eligibility for all forms of OU financial aid begins with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. You can complete the FAFSA online at fafsa.ed.gov, using OU’s school code (002307) to ensure the paperwork is routed correctly.

OU scholarships and grants may be renewable if you meet the Oakland University scholarship and grant renewal criteria. Download the 2020 Scholarships and Financial Aid book for more information.

Freshman
Awards
Oakland University Freshman Merit Scholarships - Class of 2020
To be considered for scholarships, Oakland University must receive your admission application, transcript and SAT or ACT score by the priority deadline of March 1, 2020. If you meet this deadline, you will automatically be considered for OU scholarships. Scholarship awards are based on your academic record, including GPA and SAT or ACT score, at the time of admission. You may submit updated transcripts and/or test scores for scholarship reconsideration until the March 1 scholarship deadline.  U.S. citizens and permanent residents qualify for OU scholarships; international students are not eligible for OU scholarships, except where reflected. The total amount of Oakland University institutional awards and benefits cannot exceed the cost of tuition (the Geographic Region Award is not included in this limitation of OU awards and benefits).

PLATINUM PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR AWARD
  • Amount: $48,000 for four years ($12,000 per year)
  • Requirements
    • High school GPA: 3.90 or higher
    • SAT score: 1450 or higher
    • ACT composite score: 33 or higher
GOLD PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR AWARD
  • Amount: $36,000 for four years ($9,000 per year)
  • Requirements
    • High school GPA: 3.90 or higher
    • SAT score: 1390-1440
    • ACT composite score: 31-32
DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR AWARD
  • Amount: $22,000 for four years ($5,500 per year)
  • Requirements
    • High school GPA: 3.90 or higher
    • SAT score: 1300-1380
    • ACT composite score: 28-30
      OR
    • High school GPA: 3.80-3.89
    • SAT score: 1300 or higher
    • ACT composite score: 28 or higher
TALENTED SCHOLAR AWARD
  • Amount: $14,000 for four years ($3,500 per year)
  • Requirements
    • High school GPA: 3.80 or higher
    • SAT score: 1200-1290
    • ACT composite score: 25-27
      OR
    • High school GPA: 3.7-3.79
    • SAT score: 1200 or higher
    • ACT composite score: 25 or higher
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
  • Amount: $10,000 for four years ($2,500 per year)
  • Requirements
    • High school GPA: 3.70 or higher
    • SAT score: 1130-1190
    • ACT composite score: 23-24
      OR
    • High school GPA: 3.4-3.69
    • SAT score: 1130 or higher
    • ACT composite score: 23 or higher
UNIVERSITY RECOGNITION AWARD
  • Amount: $6,000 for four years ($1,500 per year)
  • Requirements
    • High school GPA: 3.40 or higher
    • SAT score: 1030-1120
    • ACT composite score: 20-22
      OR
    • High school GPA: 3.0-3.39
    • SAT score: 1030 or higher
    • ACT composite score: 20 or higher
GEOGRAPHIC REGION AWARD
  • Amount: $6,000 for four years ($1,500 per year)
  • Requirements
    • High school GPA: 3.0 or higher
    • Resident of Michigan counties outside of Macomb and Oakland who wish to live on campus
    • Must live in university housing
NON-RESIDENT AWARD
  • Amount: In-state tuition rates
  • Requirements
    • High school GPA: 2.5 or higher
    • U.S. citizen (citizens and permanent residents of Canada and Mexico may also qualify)
    • Non-Michigan resident 
    • Must live in university housing for their first two years
Freshman Need-Based Grants - Class of 2020

To be considered for need-based grants, entering freshmen who are Michigan residents must complete the FAFSA and fulfill all financial aid requirements by July 1 prior to matriculation. Entering freshmen Michigan residents who have financial need as determined by the completion of the FAFSA will automatically be considered for OU grants. The total amount of Oakland University institutional awards and benefits cannot exceed the cost of tuition (the Geographic Region Award and OU Housing Grant are not included in this limitation of OU awards and benefits). 

GOLDEN GRIZZLIES TUITION GUARANTEE
Focus on your degree and your future — without worrying about how to pay for it.

  • Amount: Full tuition for up to four years*
  • Requirements
    • Expected family contribution (EFC) of less than $8,000
GOLDEN GRANT
  • Amount: Up to $20,000 for four years ($5,000 per year)*
  • Requirements
    • High school GPA: 3.0 or higher
    • Expected family contribution (EFC) of less than $8,000
HOUSING GRANT
  • Amount: Up to $20,000 for four years ($5,000 per year)*
  • Requirements
    • High school GPA: 3.0 or higher
    • SAT score: 1030 or higher OR ACT composite score: 20 or higher
    • Expected family contribution (EFC) of less than $8,000
    • Must live in university housing
    • Must have full semester on-campus housing charges not covered by another housing award

*Grant amounts are dependent upon the financial need established by completing the FAFSA.

Transfer
Awards
To be considered for scholarships, entering winter 2020 transfer students must apply and submit all admission materials to the university by the priority deadline of December 1, 2019; entering fall 2020 transfer students must apply and submit all admission materials by the priority deadline of August 1, 2020. 
 
If you meet these priority deadlines, you will automatically be considered for OU scholarships. Awards are based on your academic record, including cumulative GPA, at the time of application. U.S. citizens and permanent residents qualify for OU scholarships; international students are not eligible for OU scholarships, except where reflected. Students may only receive one academic merit scholarship (except the non-resident award, if applicable). The total amount of Oakland University institutional awards and benefits cannot exceed the cost of tuition.
 
Eligible incoming transfer students who have financial need (as determined by completion of the FAFSA) and fulfill all financial aid requirements by December 1, 2019 for winter or August 1, 2020 for fall, will automatically be considered for OU need-based grants.


PRESIDENTIAL TRANSFER AWARD

  • Amount: $10,000 for two years ($5,000 per year)
  • Requirements
    • College GPA: 3.80 or higher
    • 56 or more transferable credits*
    • Must be coming from a Michigan community college

 PHI THETA KAPPA AWARD

  • Amount: $5,000 for two years ($2,500 per year)
  • Requirements for community college students
    • College GPA: 3.80 or higher
    • 24-55 transferable credits*
      OR
    • College GPA: 3.50-3.79
    • 24 or more transferable credits
  • Requirements for four-year college or university students
    • College GPA: 3.50 or higher
    • 24 or more transferable credits*

TALENTED TRANSFER AWARD

  • Amount: $2,000 for two years ($1,000 per year)
  • Requirements
    • College GPA: 3.0-3.49
    • 24 or more transferable credits*


NON-RESIDENT AWARD

  • Amount: In-state tuition rates for two years
  • Requirements
    • College GPA: 2.5 or higher
    • Non-Michigan resident
    • U.S. citizen (citizens and permanent residents of Canada and Mexico may also qualify)
    • 24 or more transferable credits*

 
OU TRANSFER GRANT

  • Amount: $2,000 for two years ($1,000 per year)
  • Requirements
    • Expected family contribution (EFC) of $0
    • 24 or more transferable credits*


*Transferable credits must be earned by the scholarship deadline.

Tuition

While you don't need to worry about any hidden fees at Oakland, you should consider other costs of attending college such as living arrangements and textbooks. The cost of books and supplies will vary depending on the courses you take, but a general estimate is $784 per year. See OU's cost of attendance for more information and estimates.

OU's cost per credit hour differs depending on your residency and class standing. Many out-of-state students (including citizens of Canada and Mexico) qualify for a scholarship that covers the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. See the scholarship tab for more information.

Students who plan to attend Oakland University on a student visa (F-1) or an exchange visa (J-1) should check the tuition and cost tab in the international section of this website for prospective students.

BASE TUITION RATES apply to courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education and Human Services.

  • Lower-division rates apply to freshmen and sophomores with fewer than 56 credits, and non-matriculating (non-degree seeking) students.
  • Upper-division rates apply to juniors and seniors with 56 or more credits, students who have earned undergraduate degrees and are admitted to OU for a second undergraduate degree program, all students with post-bachelor admission status, and guest students from other colleges.
  • Non-resident tuition rates apply to non-Michigan residents and are also based on upper- and lower-division status.
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES COURSES
Lower Division$448.75
Upper Division$519.75
 
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES COURSES
Lower Division$448.75
Upper Division$519.75
 
NON-RESIDENT*
Lower Division$795.75
Upper Division$853.25

All rates are per credit hour.
*Some online programs are approved for in-state tuition. Visit oakland.edu/online/costs for a list.

DIFFERENTIAL TUITION RATES apply to courses offered by the School of Business Administration, School of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing.

  • Course numbers determine tuition rates in the academic units with differential tuition: courses 0001-2999 and courses 3000 and above.
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION COURSES
0001-2999 level courses$462.75
3000+ courses$551.50
 
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE COURSES
0001-2999 level courses$474.25
3000+ courses$563.75
 
SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES COURSES
0001-2999 level courses$449.25
3000+ courses$540.25
 
SCHOOL OF NURSING COURSES
0001-2999 level courses$465.75
3000+ courses$556.25

All rates are per credit hour.

Housing

While on-campus housing is not required at OU, more than 3,000 students choose to live on campus and enjoy benefits like wireless Internet, cable TV, lounges with big screens, free parking and free laundry facilities. Residents can get academic help right in their halls, and may also take advantage of employment and leadership opportunities within University Housing.

With six residence halls, six student apartment buildings, a grouping of townhomes and several special interest floors, OU offers enough options to provide the perfect fit for you.

On-campus dining options include an all-you-can-eat dining hall and a mall-style food court. Learn more about our meal plans.

Double occupancy on-campus room and board is estimated to be $10,430 per year.