OSCA Costs and Savings on Dining & Housing for 2019-2020


OSCA offers significant savings over regular campus dining and housing. At the end of each financial year, any leftover money is refunded to the membership.

OSCA COST & Savings on Dining & Housing for 2019-2020
  OSCA College Savings
Dining $4,040 $8,476 $4,436
Double room $5,030 $8,350 $3,320
Single room $6,250 $8,350 $2,100

In 2019-2020, to dine in a co-op costs $4,040 a year ($4,436 less than campus dining service). Living in a co-op double and dining in a co-op costs $9,070 ($7,756 less than living in a campus dorm and dining in campus dining service); living in a co-op single and dining in a co-op costs $10,290 for the year ($6,536 less).


The labor that members put into their co-op results in these savings. Co-opers work an average of 4 to 5 hours a week. Job hours are flexible, fun, and a good way to meet people. The types of work co-opers do range from cooking or baking bread to being a representative to the Board of Directors or keeping track of co-op finances. Most larger co-ops have “Time Aid” programs that allows members who also have jobs outside the co-op to reduce their hours to sometimes as little as 1 or 2 hours a week.


OSCA also offers a number of scholarships through the OSCA Foundation, including the Financial Need Scholarship (which covers $500 or $1,000 of a member's semester board bill) and the Emergency Need Scholarship (which is open to all Oberlin students). Information on these and other scholarships will be made available in late August.


OSCA bills are issued on August 10 and January 10 and are due within 30 days. If you are unable to pay by the due date, OSCA payment plans are available; please visit the OSCA Financial Office (Wilder Room 402) for more information.