For School & CBO Counselors

Relationships are the bedrock of a liberal arts college, and our relationship with you means a lot. 

For the Fall 2020 semester, all instruction at Occidental College is remote and—with limited exceptions—students did not return to campus. The College's current intent is to offer in-person instruction beginning in Spring 2021, as conditions allow. 

Check out Oxy's array of virtual campus exploration opportunities throughout the fall to further connect with the College!

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Applying to Oxy

Occidental's Fall 2021 application is open! Make sure to read up about Oxy's Application Process (including our commitment to a test-optional process this year) and learn more about this year's Short Answer Questions

Application Requirements
Application Fee & Fee Waivers
Admission Facts

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Engage with Oxy this Fall

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Virtual Visit Requests

We are looking forward to meeting with you in-person again in the future. In the interim, please submit a request here if you would like Occidental to present virtually to your organization. If you are a high school counselor interested in having a virtual presentation with your students please contact your regional admission counselor

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Support at Oxy

Watch this virtual webinar for education professionals committed to holistically supporting Black and African American students. This panel focuses on anti-racism and empowerment in K-12 and higher education. 

Culture of Care
Intercultural Community Center (ICC)

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Affording Occidental

Oxy meets 100% of the demonstrated need of the students we admit. We extend financial aid through merit scholarships, need-based grants, work study and student loans to meet the various needs and circumstances of our students. 

Costs & Financial Aid
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Meet the Financial Aid Team

Expected Family Contribution

We use the CSS Profile and FAFSA to determine an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). If the student’s parents are divorced or separated, we also consider the EFC of the noncustodial parent when determining overall financial need. This information is collected through the CSS Profile - Noncustodial Parent. In a limited number of cases, the noncustodial parent information may be waived. You must submit the CSS Profile Waiver Request for the Noncustodial Parent for consideration. Submission of this request does not guarantee that a waiver will be approved. 

Financial Aid for Undocumented or DACA students

Undocumented students are considered for need-based financial aid like any U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Because federal financial aid is not available for undocumented students, institutional funding is used in its place. Undocumented students residing in CA may be eligible to receive state grant funds through the California Dream Act. More information about this application process can be found on the California Student Aid Commission website.

The financial aid process for undocumented students is similar to the process for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents; however, the federal FAFSA application is waived for undocumented students. Undocumented students will only need to complete the CSS Profile by the due dates for the financial aid application. Visit our Financial Aid website for more information.

Undocumented Parents

Parental citizenship status will NOT affect a student’s financial aid eligibility at Occidental since aid is determined solely by financial need. Whether or not the student’s parents file taxes, they must provide their parents' financial information on the CSS Profile application. If a student’s parents will not file taxes or do not have an ITIN, use “000-00-0000" in place of a Social Security Number on the CSS Profile application.