Plan & Pay for College

Financial Aid

Students can take advantage of many forms of financial aid to support their education goals. Most states and colleges offer need-based aid, merit-based aid, student loans and work-study opportunities.

The HECC Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) administers state financial aid for the benefit of Oregonians, including Oregon’s largest need-based grant program, the Oregon Opportunity Grant.

Federal and State Student Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)​ is the first step toward obtaining federal and state aid for college, career training or graduate school. The FAFSA is a required step to obtain federal funds such as the Pell Grant as well as many Oregon funds.

Students must complete the FAFSA each year; the opening date to complete the FAFSA is October 1.

To receive in-person assistance with the FAFSA, students and families may attend a College Goal Oregon event in their community.

Students who are not U.S. citizens nor eligible noncitizens are not eligible for federal aid. See the federal guidelines here related to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) stud​ents and others. In Oregon, these students may be considered for some state financial aid programs by submitting the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA), the State of Oregon’s alternative to the FAFSA.​​ For more information, see Financial Aid for Undocumented Students on the OSAC website.

Apply to Oregon Grant and Scholarship Programs

Oregon residents can find key information and apply for the following state financial aid programs on the OSAC website. Take time to learn about deadlines and other key requirements for eligibility.

  • Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG): The OOG 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.
  • OSAC Scholarships: OSAC administers over 500 private scholarships for Oregon students to pursue college and career training beyond high school.
  • Oregon Promise: provides funds for recent Oregon high school graduates and GED recipients to attend Oregon community colleges.
  • Chafee Grant: helps current or former foster care youth with postsecondary education and training.
  • Childcare Grant: assists parents enrolled in postsecondary education obtain safe, dependable care while allowing completion of the parent’s academic programs.
  • Barber and Hairdresser Grant: supports high financial need students to attend a licensed barbering, hair design, cosmetology, or manicure school in Oregon.
  • Deceased or Disabled Public Safety Officer Grant: assists eligible dependents of Oregon public safety officers who were killed or disabled in the line of duty.

Key deadlines are displayed in the documents the right, available for download.

Learn more about the HECC’s commitment to affordability in Affordability Initiatives.

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State Financial Aid Deadlines and Fact Sheets

Find all OSAC publications here, including:

OSAC Update 2016

​An update on OSAC programs, deadlines for financial aid opportunities, college fair dates, and more.

Oregon Promise Update 2016

Information on rolling deadlines, eligibility requirements, and application guidelines for the Oregon Promise Grant.

Financial Aid Poster 2016
Image of poster on OSAC financial aid deadlines  
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