A college education has become a significant expense for most families and requires careful planning. Whatever your financial situation is, we encourage you to use this information to help you understand college funding so you can navigate the financial aid process with greater ease.
States provide many financial aid opportunities to help ease the cost of a college education. Please select the state you reside in to learn about state sponsored internships, scholarships and financial aid programs for undergraduate students and assistantships, fellowships, and residency programs for graduate and professional students.
For more detailed information on state financial aid programs contact:
Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC)
1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100
Eugene, OR 97401
Main Phone: (541) 687-7400
Grants and Scholarships (541) 687-7414
Go to this website for all the information on the different programs.
The following are financial aid program available to students who are residents of the state of Oregon.
Formerly the State Need Grant, the Oregon Opportunity Grant is available for up to 12 terms or 8 semesters.
Established in 1971 by Oregon Legislature to assist needy students attending community colleges, OUS institutions, and private independent 4-year institutions in Oregon.
Eligibility based on financial need, determined by family income and household size:
The Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC), administrator of the Oregon Opportunity Grant, OSAC Private Scholarships and other student financial assistance programs, have expanded the definition of “resident of Oregon.” Now included are students who are (1) enrolled members of federally recognized tribes of Oregon or (2) who are enrolled members of federally recognized Native American tribes which had traditional and customary tribal boundaries that included parts of the state of Oregon or which had ceded or reserved lands within the state of Oregon, regardless of their state of residence.
The OSAC administers more than 300 different scholarships available to Oregon Residents. Go to www.getcollegefunds.org to see the OSAC scholarship catalog and to download an application.
Who can apply?
You must be a resident of Oregon who is attending or will attend a licensed school of barbering, hair design, cosmetology, or manicure in Oregon that participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. You must enroll full-time in a program which is at least nine months long or 900 clock hours. You must have a significant need for financial help.
Eligibility for the Chafee Grant
Foster youth have hopes and dreams of a successful future just like other young people who have graduated or obtained their GED. The only difference is that many foster youth don’t have a family to fall back on for assistance. The State of Oregon and the federal government are helping support foster youth who wish to continue their education and training after high school.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) Independent Living Program (ILP) has received Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV) funding to help current or former foster care youth with postsecondary education and training.
Youth may be eligible to receive up to $3,000* per academic year. To be eligible, you must:
* $3,000 is the maximum amount available to youth each academic year. The actual maximum amount will be determined by the date that the Application is received and the unmet need of the applicant (see Application Deadlines for specifics).
**Foster care placement must have been with either Oregon’s DHS child welfare (formerly SCF), or one of the nine federally recognized Tribes in Oregon. If you reside outside of Oregon, were never in foster care in Oregon, and will be attending school in your home state or another state outside of Oregon, please contact the Chafee program within your home state.
*** If a youth’s 21st birthday falls outside the regular school dates (i.e. summer term), then we will look at the term prior to the student’s 21st birthday to verify that the student was receiving ETV funds on their 21st birthday
Please be aware that funding for the grant has not yet been finalized by the state legislature. We will update this notice periodically. Please check back for updates regarding the awarding process.
Preferences in awarding :
The Oregon Student Child Care Grant Program was established to assist parents enrolled in post-secondary education obtain safe, dependable care that supports their children’s development while allowing completion of the parent’s academic programs.
To receive financial aid from this program an applicant must:
Priority in Awarding:
Among applicants who meet the eligibility criteria of this program, priority in the selection process shall be given in the following rank order:
For more information, contact:
Applicants for awards must be dependents of a public safety officer in the state of Oregon, as defined by ORS 237.610, who was killed or disabled in the line of duty. Eligible dependents include the child or stepchild of eligible public safety officers.
Eligible public safety officers include:
State Fire Marshal, chief deputy fire marshal and deputy state fire marshals
Police chiefs and police officers
Sheriffs and deputy sheriffs
County adult parole and probation officers
Investigators of the criminal justice division of the Department of Justice
Applicants must be Oregon residents, enrolled or planning to enroll as full?time undergraduate students and determined by the Oregon Student Assistance Commission to have financial need.
Complete the Application and Certification of Eligibility for the Deceased or Disabled Public Safety Officer Grant on page three (3) of this document. This is a fillable PDF document which you will not be able to save, so be sure to print it out before closing. After completing, printing out and signing the form, have the supervisor of the deceased or disabled public safety officer complete the certification section at the bottom.
You also must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) need analysis form for the academic year for which you are applying as soon after January 1 as possible.
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The Individual Education Account (IEA) was created as a section of Ballot Measure 7 passed by a vote of the people of Oregon in 1990. The measure created the JOBS Plus Program. The statute (ORS 411.894(1)) states “The Oregon JOBS Plus Individual Education Account is established in order to improve the position of JOBS Plus participants in the workforce by increasing their access to continuing education.” Since then, thousands of people have participated in the JOBS Plus Program and have benefited from the opportunity to further their education and work skills.
Eligibility to participate in the JOBS Plus program is determined by the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS). Recipients of The Aid to Needy Families (TANF) benefits and Food Stamps may qualify. To find out if you are eligible, please contact the office of the Oregon Department of Human Services closest to your residence address. The Oregon Student Assistance Commission can not determine eligibility, and only works with the program after the participant has completed their temporary job rotation and the Individual Education Account is transferred to us from DHS.
The Oregon Youth Conservation Corps builds on the strong connections between positive work experiences, work skills, personal responsibility, and itscommitment to education and future employment for youth. For more information on the Corps, visit their website www.oycc.state.or.us/
Administered by the Oregon Student Assistance Commission, ASPIRE (Access to Student assistance Programs In Reach of Everyone) is Oregon’s official mentoring program to help students access education and training beyond high school. Students receive information about college options, admission, and financial aid from trained and supportive, ASPIRE volunteer mentors who work one-on-one with them throughout the year. Beginning with just four pilot schools in 1998, ASPIRE has expanded to 115 sites across Oregon. ASPIRE serves students by: