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Wayne County Housing Award

A true leader brings commitment and purpose together to advance others. At Oakland University, we’ve been providing advanced opportunities to students for almost 60 years.

We’re proud to extend that unwavering support to Wayne County residents.

The Geographic Region Award is offered to entering freshmen residing in Wayne County who wish to live in Oakland’s vibrant residential community. Since less than 3,000 students live on campus, residents really get to know their neighbors and form relationships that last. They are literally steps away from campus activities, academic success and more independence.

$6,000 for four years ($1,500 per year)


  • High school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Resident of Wayne County, Michigan
  • Must live in university housing
  • Must be entering freshmen (students in college for the first time and enroll full-time at OU in the first fall semester immediately following high school graduation)
  • Must enroll full-time each fall and winter semester

Students starting at OU in the fall semester must apply and submit all required materials by March 1 for automatic consideration of this award.

We offer many other types of scholarships and awards, including need-based grants: 

  • Golden Grizzlies Tuition Guarantee: 100% tuition grant for up to four years*
    Eligible incoming freshmen can attend Oakland University free for four years. That means you can focus on your degree and your future — without worrying about how to pay for it.

  • Golden Grant: Up to $16,000 for four years (up to $4,000 per year)*
    Eligible incoming freshmen can achieve their highest academic potential with an OU degree and less financial burden.

  • Housing Grant: Up to $16,000 for four years (up to $4,000 per year)*
    Eligible incoming freshmen can have the full college experience by living in Oakland’s thriving residential community.

*Grant amounts are dependent upon the financial need established by completing the FAFSA.