FEES & FINANCIAL AID
A $500 stipend will be awarded to all students who complete their applications to the OE before February 15, 2020, and are admitted.
Stipends will be paid after students begin their studies at the OE in the fall. The stipend may be used to pay for room, board, activities fee, books, travel, or any expenses related to the semester, after the semester begins.
For students attending while enrolled in another college or university: Each home college or university has its own OE-related fee structure. Most colleges allow their financial aid to apply for at least one semester of off-campus study.
For students attending independently: Students who have withdrawn from their home school or are attending on their own pay fees that are set by the OE. These fees change from year to year, but generally fall into the lower range of private college costs. For fall 2020, tuition will be $17,900. Room rental in a cabin is $2,050 for the semester.
Non-tuition costs: Students do not pay board fees to the OE, but purchase their groceries at markets in Ashland. This amounts to something in the range of $800-$1,000, plus $200-$300 for eating out over the entirety of the semester, a substantial savings compared to college dining hall plans. You come out ahead when you do your own cooking. Student Activity fee is $550. Textbook fees amount to about $250.
Financial aid: Students can apply for need-based grants and loans from the OE. OE alumni have donated funds for financial aid, to be used particularly for students losing their own college or university aid when attending the OE. These funds are awarded on a case-by-case basis, depending on need. To find out more, inquire here.