About three out of four Occidental students receive some form of financial aid, including need-based aid and merit scholarships. The average financial aid package is $34,140. Oxy actively seeks out talented students from all backgrounds: 24 percent of Oxy students are Pell Grant recipients, and 19 percent are the first in their family to attend college. There are more than 300 student scholarships available. “They gave me gave me extraordinary financial aid,” says one undergrad.