Tuition Increase, 2021-22

Thank you for choosing Occidental College.

In this extraordinary year, we are especially grateful to you for being part of the Occidental community. We are always mindful of the sacrifices our families make to send their children to Occidental—particularly over the past year, with all of the serious consequences of the global pandemic.

We are proud of the flexibility, creativity and hard work of faculty and staff that made it possible to reimagine the learning experience, pivoting to the virtual space to continue to offer a high-quality Oxy education while protecting the health and safety of the Oxy campus. With declining case numbers, the growing availability of vaccines, and a less restrictive regulatory environment, we have a new sense of optimism about returning students to campus this fall for the resumption of in-person instruction and a more traditional campus life.

In light of the unprecedented circumstances our families faced last spring, we froze tuition for the 2020-21 academic year. However, the pandemic has had a significant and unavoidable financial impact on Occidental’s operating budget. To compensate, the College has drawn on its reserves and reduced costs to the extent possible without compromising the quality of the education our students and their families expect.

Given the fiscal realities the College now faces, the Board of Trustees has approved an increase in tuition and room and board rates by 3.49% for the 2021-22 academic year.

 Occidental’s policy of meeting the demonstrated financial need of every student remains unchanged. That’s why we spent more than $49.9 million on financial aid last year. That’s also why the top goal of The Oxy Campaign For Good—the most ambitious comprehensive campaign in the College’s history—is raising $100 million for student scholarships. 

Pandemic or no pandemic, employers continue to tell us that they are looking for such skills as the ability to work well on a team, to solve complex problems, and to communicate effectively. As you know, these are fundamental attributes of the liberal arts–and critical components of an Occidental education. We are grateful for your commitment to Occidental and for entrusting us with your student.


Harry J. Elam, Jr.