Costs and Savings

Cost and Savings on Dining & Housing for 2021-2022

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 2021-2022
  OSCA College Savings
Dining $5,100 $8,996 $3,836
Housing $8,326 $8,858 $532

In 2021-2022, to dine in a co-op costs $5,100 a year ($3,836 less than campus dining service).

Living in a co-op and dining in a co-op costs $13,426 ($3,368 less than living in a campus dorm and dining in campus dining service). 

Labor

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.

Financial Aid

OSCA also offers a number of scholarships through its sister organization, the OSCA Foundation, including the Financial Need Scholarship (which covers either half or all 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 are made available to the membership in late August. 

**For the 2021/2022 Fall semester, applications will be due on October 15th at 4pm to the OSCA Financial Office (Wilder 402). 

OSCA Billing

OSCA bills are issued on August 10 and January 10 and are due within 30 days.

**For the 2021/2022 Fall semester, bills were mailed on August 26th and are due September 30th. 

Mail your check to:

Oberlin Student Cooperative Association
P.O. Box 118
Oberlin, OH 44074

For more information on billing, please consult How To Pay My OSCA Bill below. If your question is not answered on that page, please contact the OSCA Financial Office (Wilder Room 402) or email osca@oberlin.edu for more information.