President Elam announces that all Occidental students who enroll in the Fall 2020 semester will receive a one-time $1,500 tuition credit for that semester.
In recognition of the extraordinary circumstances and challenges we face, we want to support both our incoming and enrolled students’ dedication to their education. I write to share that all Occidental students who enroll in the 2020 Fall Semester will receive a one-time $1,500 tuition credit for that semester.
Our decision to offer this tuition credit reflects our acknowledgment of these unique times of both struggle and change, and we continue to hold fast also to our unwavering commitment to meet the full demonstrated need of each student. The credit will appear on students' billing statement or account to help reduce the amount due for the fall semester. Students receiving need-based financial aid, depending on the nature of their package, may see the credit reflected as either a reduction in their expected family contribution or loan amount.
Regardless of the mode of instruction, students will benefit from the high quality and integrity of our academic programs, our dedicated and distinguished faculty, our concern for personalized advising and care of the whole student. We are already developing creative ways to teach and reach each of our students, especially this upcoming semester.
We know students are experiencing their undergraduate careers at a historic moment and want to provide some additional financial relief to families while maintaining the excellence on which Occidental's reputation rests.
Tuition Credit FAQ
Which students are eligible for the $1,500 tuition credit?
All students who enroll for the Fall 2020 semester are eligible.
When will students see the credit on their billing statement?
Students will see the credit on the first billing statement for the 2020-21 academic year, which we plan to send on Monday, August 3. Per normal billing procedures, all students and authorized account users will receive an email from Student Business Services, notifying them the bill is available. Students can view the statement by logging into myOxy and clicking on the Student Services tab. Authorized users can login to https://ebill.oxy.edu.
Do students need to provide any kind of verification to receive the credit?
Confirmation of enrollment for the fall semester will be obtained during Clearance, the mandatory online process by which all students officially enroll before the start of each semester. All you need to do is complete Clearance to verify your enrollment. No other action on your part is needed. You can find more information on Clearance online.
How will the tuition credit impact my need-based financial aid?
The tuition credit will not affect the cost of attendance. Students receiving need-based financial aid, depending on the nature of their package, may see the credit reflected as either a reduction in their expected family contribution or loan amount.
What if I decide to take a leave of absence during Fall 2020?
Students who take a leave of absence for Fall 2020 will not be eligible for the tuition credit.
What if I am approved to take a gap year?
Students approved for a gap year will not be eligible for the tuition credit.
Will students be able to request a refund of the credit, as they were able to do in the spring with the room & board credit?
If your student account has a credit balance after all charges are billed and financial aid applied, you can apply for a refund. The first refunds of the semester will be processed for enrolled students the first week of classes. Students can submit their request using the online Refund Request Form via myOxy.
If I have a question about the tuition credit, who should I talk to?
Contact the Financial Aid Office.