Salem, OR – The Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) encourages students statewide to apply now for grants and scholarships at OregonStudentAid.gov. OSAC awards more than $102 million each year in state-funded grants and privately funded scholarships to help students meet their college expenses, and the application for private scholarships opens today, November 1.
1ST STEP FOR STATE AND FEDERAL AID, FAFSA or ORSAA: Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) to be considered for federal and/or state financial aid, including grants and loans. The FAFSA is the primary application for federal and state financial aid, and the ORSAA is Oregon’s alternative to the FAFSA for undocumented students, including students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. Information from the FAFSA or the ORSAA are used to determine students’ eligibility for the Oregon Promise, the Oregon Opportunity Grant, and numerous scholarships. The FAFSA is also used to determine eligibility for federal aid, including the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans, and Federal Work-Study.
OSAC SCHOLARSHIPS: Starting November 1, Oregon students may explore over 600 privately-funded scholarships and apply for up to 40 with one application. There is no cost to apply. Scholarship funds are available for: graduating high school seniors; college undergraduate and graduate students; GED® students; homeschooled students; community college and vocational school students; single parents returning to school; and more. Students must apply online at OregonStudentAid.gov and submit a completed OSAC scholarship application and all other required materials by the final deadline of March 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (PST). Students who submit their applications by February 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. may be entered in a drawing to win a $1,000 OSAC Early Bird scholarship.
OREGON OPPORTUNITY GRANT: The Oregon Opportunity Grant is Oregon’s largest state-funded, need-based grant program that helps students pay for college at public community colleges, public universities and participating private institutions statewide. Students should complete either the FAFSA or the ORSAA for the upcoming school year. Oregon Opportunity Grants are awarded until funds are exhausted, so students should file their FAFSA (or ORSAA, if applicable) as soon as possible.Students who were first-time Opportunity Grant recipients in 2018-19 will be considered for a guaranteed second year award, providing they meet certain additional criteria detailed here and submit a 2019-20 FAFSA or ORSAA by May 1, 2019.
OREGON PROMISE: Current high school seniors and GED® test graduates may apply for the Oregon Promise Grant, which helps to cover tuition at Oregon community colleges. Students must enroll in a community college within six months of graduation, and in accordance with Oregon Promise deadlines. Minimum GPA® requirements apply. Visit OregonStudentAid.gov for eligibility details. The program has rolling deadlines depending upon graduation date; use the “Find Your Deadline” tool. Students who are graduating between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 can complete an application now. Students are also required to complete either the FAFSA or the ORSAA by the deadline.
OREGON NATIONAL GUARD TUITION ASSISTANCE: This new program is established to provide funding for tuition at Oregon community colleges (up to 90 credits) and Oregon public universities (up to 180 credits) for current Oregon National Guard members. For additional information on deadlines, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, visit our website here.
OREGON CHAFEE EDUCATION AND TRAINING GRANT: The Chafee grant, a federal program administered in partnership with the Oregon Department of Human Services, helps current and former child welfare foster youth pay for postsecondary education and training. The Chafee Grant application opens todayNovember 1, 2018. Students should apply online at OregonStudentAid.gov and complete a 2019-20 FAFSA. For eligibility requirements, deadlines, and more information, visit the Chafee section of our website OregonStudentAid.gov. The application will close when funds are depleted.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND PUBLICATIONS: To help students understand the programs detailed here, and the application processes, OSAC offers numerous videos and resources for students, counselors, students, parents, and educators.