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Meaningful work is a fundamental element of the Antioch College experience through our dual work program.

Cooperative Education
For over 100 years, all students have participated in our pioneering Cooperative Education program, engaging in at least three full-time, compensated work opportunities to advance their professional and educational goals locally, nationally or internationally. Known as “Co-op,” students spend about one-third of their time at Antioch building workplace skills, a strong resume, and a professional network to advance their future careers.

Antioch College Works Campus Jobs
More recently, the value of campus work has become increasingly important to our students and community life. Through the Antioch College Works program, students get to join a work crew and contribute 5-10 hours per week at one of our campus learning hubs or core operations. This is one of the many ways students contribute to our community through work while gaining meaningful experience and paying for their education at the same time!

Campus Work Crews
When students are not on their coop terms, they are found working in all areas of the College. Students can cultivate sustainable practices at our Antioch micro-farm and Farm-to-Table kitchens or add to local and national justice efforts of the Coretta Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom. Students work alongside art professionals at The Foundry Theater or assist in exhibitions at The Herndon Gallery. Work crews help run the Olive Kettering Library, with opportunities in the student success center or cultivate entrepreneurialism in the C-Shop. Students also may gain a holistic approach to individual and community health at our Wellness Center, which is open to Antioch and the Yellow Springs community. Whatever work crew a student joins, they will join a tight-knit community and gain meaningful work experience.

We are Committed to Educational Access
We believe cost should not be a barrier to education. Antioch creates equitable opportunities for all students through scholarships, grants, and a dual work program. While 79% of our student body is Pell-eligible, all of our students participate in making college affordable for everyone.

Antioch College graduates go into the world with a distinctive degree reflecting their interests, practical experience putting ideas into action, and little to no debt. Graduates are ready to seek their fourth job, not their first job.

Antiochians have always been changemakers, committed to creating a world that works for everyone. We invite you to experience college as a time of expansive learning and exploration of meaningful work opportunities near and far while taking collective action toward winning victories for humanity.

Antioch College Works is available to all qualifying first year and transfer students.

Antioch College does not discriminate in its admissions decisions on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, or physical ability. Our admissions process is a holistic, need-blind assessment that takes into account each student’s academic preparation and potential, creativity, intellectual capacity, interest in the world and in what Antioch has to offer, and their desire to contribute to their communities, the nation, or the world in a meaningful way.


Students receive scholarships


Enrolling students eligible for Pell over the last three years

Program components

  • Last Dollar Scholarships: Every student eligible for the Pell Grant will receive enough institutional aid after Pell to cover total tuition costs, including a combination of scholarships and institutional work grants. Federal Pell Grants are usually awarded only to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need.
  • Support for additional costs: Antioch is also committed to helping students with financial need to cover housing, dining, and other fees through additional aid, work grants, or loans.
  • Campus and Community-based Work: Students at Antioch work 5-10 hours per week during study terms in a campus or community-based job.
    Students get to engage in meaningful work at our campus learning hubs, in the operation of the college, or local non-profit organizations. Students who seek additional work may be connected to opportunities in the Village of Yellow Springs.
  • International Experience: Students who demonstrate achievement through language proficiency or a successful globally immersive co-op placement that supports their educational goals will be eligible for an international co-op opportunity in their third or fourth year and may apply for a fellowship to help cover the costs of travel and living expenses if needed.
  • Career Support: Our Cooperative Education program provides individualized support for students as they pursue opportunities for employment, graduate school, or international service after graduation from Antioch.
  • Outcomes: 90% of Antioch graduates report that within one year of graduation, they are meaningfully employed, enrolled in graduate school, or a global service opportunity that aligns with their career goals (as defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers). (from Bachelor’s Degree Assessment Report 2023)


Average annual cost to a student with $0 estimated contribution


Average financial aid award for students entering in fall 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions


[1]  Who qualifies for full-tuition scholarships under the Antioch College Works program?

Beginning in the fall 2020, every new and returning student who qualifies for the Federal Pell Grant will receive full-tuition, last dollar scholarships. Federal Pell Grants are usually awarded only to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor’s, graduate, or professional degree. To determine your eligibility for Pell, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form (remember to use the Antioch College School Code: 042443).

The Antioch College Works program guarantees institutional financial aid will cover all tuition and fees after any federal, state, and outside scholarships and grants are applied. Scholarships are guaranteed for up to four years of attendance as long as recipients maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.For admissions criteria and more on financial aid, visit, call 937-319-6082 or write

[2] What if I’m not eligible for the Pell Grant?

Antioch College provides every student with the maximum need- and merit-based aid for which they are qualified regardless of their eligibility for the Pell grant. Merit scholarships range from $10,000 to $20,000. With merit scholarships and need-based grants, institutional financial aid may exceed $30,000. We encourage you to visit our Net Price Calculator, which provides you with an estimate of your expected family contribution based on your family size and adjusted gross income.

For additional information about financial aid, contact the Office of Admission & Financial aid at 937-319-6082 or write to Matt Dec, the director of financial aid, at

[3] What about room and board costs?

Students are responsible for the cost of the meal plan. Depending on the student’s family income and estimated family contribution as determined on the FAFSA, the college may provide grants to cover room costs. 

[4] Are there any conditions attached to these scholarships?

Yes. While the Antioch Works Program is Antioch’s commitment to students and their families, it’s also an invitation to students to be full, active participants in the life of the college and the Yellow Springs community.

Academic Requirements: All recipients of institutional and federal financial aid are expected to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress to remain eligible for financial aid (maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 with a course completion rate of at least 67 percent). Refer to the Curriculum Catalog for the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

On-Campus Housing Requirement: Community involvement is a vital part of the Antioch College experience. All students are expected to live on campus all four years. Students may submit a petition to live off campus to the Dean of Students if they meet the criteria listed below:

Students who are over 23 years of age
Students who are in a long-term domestic partnership
Students who are married
Students with dependent children
Students with special needs that are documented by off-campus health profession
Other extraordinary circumstances that warrant an alternative living situation.

Questions about on-campus housing exemptions may be directed to

Student Employment Requirement: Students receiving full-tuition support are expected to work either on campus or in the community as Miller Fellows during their study quarters. The average pay is $10/hour at 10 hours a week.


[1] How do I find a campus or community-based job? 

Immediately following the start of the fall quarter, Antioch College holds an on-campus job fair. Student employment opportunities are also posted online. Students hold part-time positions in almost every campus division, including: Antioch Farm, Antioch Kitchens, Coretta Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom, Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Antioch Review literary journal, Antioch Kitchens, and Antioch College Community Government. Additionally, Antioch students are employed at non-profit organizations in the village of Yellow Springs as part of the Student Miller Fellowship Program, which is funded through an endowment held at the Yellow Springs Community Foundation.

[2] How much do student workers earn?

On average, student workers earn $10/hour for 10 hours a week during study terms.

[3] Do I have to work to keep my scholarship?

Yes. All students are expected to work on campus or in the community and actively engage in campus and community life while enrolled at Antioch College. Accommodations for students — which may include physical or mental health concerns—regarding campus jobs are arranged in coordination with the Dean of Students or Student Success Services Coordinator.


[1] Is international travel mandatory?

No, international travel is not mandatory for the Antioch College experience. At the same time, we want to make this high-impact experience as available as possible to students who are interested and would benefit. Because second-language acquisition and cross-cultural engagement are such important components of the Antioch College curriculum, many students adding a language or global studies and engagement focus to their degree generally complete an international immersion co-op. Additionally, some students pursue opportunities for field research, service projects, engagement in international symposia, and other opportunities in countries around the globe.

[2] How much is the travel fellowship if I choose to travel abroad as part of my Antioch College experience?

Students may apply for a fellowship ranging from basic to significant financial support to offset international travel costs, lodging, etc. Students will develop a budget for their proposed international co-op based on their financial need, the destination, the length of time a student may be abroad, and the type of engagement (for example, is room and board provided by the co-op partner?). Students may also receive additional educational loan funding to support their co-op plans. We can support student travel fellowships based on the generosity of donors, many of them Antiochians who themselves benefited from an international experience.


[1] How do students receive career support at Antioch?

90% of Antioch graduates report that within one year of graduation, they are meaningfully employed, enrolled in graduate school, or a global service opportunity that aligns with their career goals (as defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers).
The Launch Co-op is designed to “launch” you into your professional life, either in an entry-level job, research position, or further preparation for graduate school. In most instances, graduating students will work with an advisor to secure positions with an hourly or annual salary compensation. Some employers, however, may prefer to offer room, board, and a stipend. 

After three—sometimes four—co-op experiences during their studies at Antioch, students graduate with strong resumes and a powerful professional network that aligns with career and workforce skills in an area of interest, such as our pre-professional advising areas or interdisciplinary focuses.

Co-op and pre-professional faculty advisors work with students to support their goals and next steps beyond graduation, including applying to graduate school, an advanced professional certificate program, meaningful employment, or international service, such as the Peace Corps. Antioch students graduate with a professional network of former co-op employers, faculty advisors and alumni, who support students in finding a desired post-baccalaureate opportunity.

For more information, contact the dean of cooperative, international, and community-based learning at 937-319-0099 or