Financial Aid Information

FAFSA: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form completed by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.

The FAFSA IS OPEN apply here:

https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

ORSAA: The ORSAA is an Oregon-developed application for students who are not eligible to complete the FAFSA. It is a confidential application that is used solely by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) to qualify students for financial aid in Oregon.

Apply for ORSAA here: https://oregonstudentaid.gov/orsaa-filter.aspx

Apply for Oregon Promise here: https://oregonstudentaid.gov/oregon-promise.aspx

Financial aid explanations:

What is a grant? A grant is money that is awarded to a student that does not need to be paid back. Examples of grants include the Pell Grant, Oregon Opportunity Grant and The Oregon Promise. 

What is a loan? A loan is money that is borrowed and repaid over time.

What is a scholarship? Scholarships are financial aid awards designed to help students pay for an undergraduate degree. Scholarships are awarded funds that students apply for and do not have to be paid back.

What is Oregon Promise? Oregon Promise is a state grant that helps to cover tuition costs at any Oregon community college for recent high school graduates and GED® test graduates. Students must apply during their senior year or immediately after GED® test completion.

Who is eligible for Oregon Promise?

  • Be a recent Oregon high school graduate or GED® test graduate.
  • Attend an Oregon community college by your required start termbased on your graduation date.
  • Have a 2.50 cumulative high school GPA or higher, or a 145 grade on all GED® tests.
  • Be an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to college attendance. For dependent students, your parent(s) must also live in Oregon.
  • Have no more than 90 college credits completed or attempted.
  • Students may be subject to eligibility requirements based on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). EFC eligibility requirements are subject to change based on available funding. 
    • There is an EFC limit of 22,000 for new applicants (Class of 2020) who will begin college in Fall 2020. Visit Oregon Promise FAQs for all details.