DO YOU NEED MONEY FOR COLLEGE?
The financial burden from college can initially be intimidating, but there are many programs and scholarships available to help out.
Federal Student Aid
What is Federal Student Aid?
It’s money from the federal government– specifically, the U.S. Department of Education– That helps you pay for college. Federal student aid is available through grants, work-study, and loans every year.
How do I apply for Federal Student Aid?
To apply for federal student aid, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
When should I apply for Federal Student Aid?
If you plan to attend college from July 1, 2021 through June 20, 2022, you’ll be able to submit a 2021-2022 FAFSA form beginning on October 1, 2020. You’ll be required to report income and tax information from 2019.
State Financial Aid
Oregon Opportunity Grant – Oregon’s largest state-funded, need-based grant program for college students. is free money from the State of Oregon.
WHAT… is Oregon promise?
Oregon Promise is a state grant that covers most tuition at any Oregon community college for recent high school graduates and GED recipients.
WHO… is eligible?
*Starting in 2017-2018, your eligibility may be determined by your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC criteria is subject to change. Click Here for more information.
WHEN… do I apply for Oregon Promise?
|High school graduation or GED completion date||July 1-Nov. 30||Oct. 1- Feb. 29||Marc. 1- June 30|
|Must start college by||Winter Term||Spring Term||Fall Term|
to complete both: Oregon Promise Application, FAFSA or ORSAA
|Nov. 1||Feb. 1||June. 1|
*DEADLINE NOTE: The deadline is 5:00pm (PST or PDT). If a deadline falls on a weekend of holiday, it will automatically be extended to 5:00pm )PST or PDT) on the following business day
How.. do I apply for Oregon Promise?
- Go to OregonStudentAid.gov
- Create an account in the OSAC Student Portal
- Complete the Oregon Promise Application
- File your FAFSA or ORSAA and list at lease one Oregon Community college
How much money you can receive under the Oregon Promise Grant?
Oregon Student Access Commission (OSAC) Scholarships
What is OSAC?
- Early fall: Begin searching and selecting scholarship opportunities in the OSAC Scholarship Catalog. Return often, as new scholarships are always being added.
- October: File your FAFSA or ORSAA as soon as possible after October 1. Doing so will ensure you are considered for all scholarships that consider financial need.
- November – February: Start your OSAC scholarship application and submit from November through March 1. You can save and come back to your application before you submit.
- First-time applicants: create an OSAC account and start the OSAC Scholarship Application.
- Returning applicants: refresh and update your application from last year.
- High school juniors may start a “test application”, but cannot submit until their year of graduation.
- February 15*: Early Bird deadline. Complete applications (including transcripts) submitted by this date will be entered into a drawing for one of several $1,000 Early Bird scholarship awards.
- March 1*: Final deadline for all materials to be submitted to OSAC.
- April – August: Track your application status and scholarship awards in the OSAC Student Portal.
What is Oregon College Savings Plan?
The Oregon 529 Savings Network offers Oregonians investment tools that provide state and federal tax advantages to help save for future higher education and qualified disability expenses.
The Oregon College Savings Plan is experiencing change!
Click here for the current update!
Click here for more information about the Oregon College Savings Plan
Here is a tool to compare financial aid award letters:
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