2022-2023 Catalog

Financial Aid

Occidental College has a long history of providing educational opportunities to qualified students from various economic backgrounds. More than 70% of the Occidental student body receives some form of financial aid.

Varying amounts of financial aid are awarded to qualified students. Financial aid is given in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and on-campus employment. Awards are based upon a family’s calculated need and the resources available from endowment, annual gifts, the general funds of the College, and federal and state sources.

With the exception of a small number of merit programs, financial aid is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need based on federal, state, and institutional policies. The College evaluates family resources in a consistent and equitable manner. The general principle of these policies is that parents and students are the primary source of funds for post-secondary education and both have an obligation to finance educational expenses to the extent that they are able. Financial need is considered to be the difference between the cost of attendance (COA) and a family’s expected family contribution (EFC), as determined by the Financial Aid Office.

Students are expected to contribute toward their educational expenses. All students are expected to contribute at least $3,100 from summer earnings to assist in meeting costs of education.

Financial assistance for international students is extremely limited. Additional information and special financial aid applications are available from the Office of Admission. International scholarships are renewable for four years as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress. International students are only considered for institutional aid at the time of admission.

Student Eligibility

To receive aid from the programs discussed in this catalog you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, or an eligible non-citizen
  • have a valid Social Security number
  • have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate
  • be enrolled at least half-time (at least 6 units)
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • be admitted as a degree seeking student
  • demonstrate financial need
  • meet other eligibility requirements as required by state and federal law

To be eligible for financial aid, a student must be admitted as a regular student. Students admitted as a limited graduate or as an advanced or limited special undergraduate are not eligible for financial aid.

The Financial Aid Office is dedicated to helping students successfully finance an Occidental education. If at any time you have a question or concern, please contact us at:

Office of Financial Aid

Occidental College

1600 Campus Road

Los Angeles, CA 90041


Telephone: (323) 259-2548

FAX: (323) 341-4961

Email: finaid@oxy.edu

Additional information may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office also publishes a policy handbook each academic year. It is the student’s responsibility to know and understand these policies if the student is a recipient of financial aid.

The programs, policies, and procedures as published in this catalog are correct at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.