Oxy Grants and Scholarships

Occidental meets demonstrated need for all admitted students.

We offer both need-based grants and merit scholarships to help families afford an Oxy education. It's part of our commitment to provide access to students who might not be able to attend Oxy.

Oxy Need-Based Grant

The majority of our financial aid comes in the form of need-based grants. Financial aid awards vary depending on individual circumstances. The Financial Aid Office reviews the student's eligibility for need-based grants based on their annual financial aid application.

To be considered for these awards the student must complete their financial aid application by our established deadlinesFirst-year students and new transfer students must meet separate application requirements than returning students

Oxy's need-based financial aid grant is based on the following three components:

  • Student's academic year budget (cost of attendance)
  • Student and family resources (expected family contribution)
  • Student's financial aid eligibility (need)

Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are awarded to a limited number of incoming students who have demonstrated the highest level of academic achievement and will continue this success at Oxy. All students who complete their admission application are automatically reviewed for merit scholarships; there is not a separate application process. Merit scholarships are awarded at the time of admission and are final.

Please visit our Policies webpage and download the policy guide for more details.