Plan & Pay for College

Resources for Each Stage in the Journey​

Pursuing additional education is one of the best investments you can make in your future. The HECC operates, oversees or partners with a number of programs that can help place you or your family member on track.

Explore Career Options​

There are hundreds of careers and paths available. Students can begin by reviewing our Career and Training Resources, to plan and explore career pathways and learn about labor market expectations.

Find Colleges and Programs

Here, students can explore links to the diverse colleges, schools and training opportunities in Oregon, including links to Oregon’s 7 public universities, 17 community colleges, approved private colleges and career schools, apprenticeship programs, adult basic skills programs, and programs approved for veteran benefits in Oregon.

Do Your Research as a Consumer before Applying

As a student, your time and tuition dollars are an investment. Students may conduct online research, attend campus tours, and visit college fairs to find the best fit, and use the following resources to help compare your choices:

Prepare for College Success While in High School

  • Earn college credit while in high school: Consider earning college credit while in high school, through dual credit opportunities, Advanced Placement coursework, and more.
  • Find a mentor to guide your journey: The HECC Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) oversees the ASPIRE mentoring program in various middle and high schools, colleges, and community-based organizations across Oregon. ASPIRE matches trained and supportive adult volunteer mentors with students to develop a plan that fits their education goals beyond high school.
  • Admissions and Tests: There are a variety of standardized tests that may be required for admission, depending on the institution and program.

Apply to College or Training Programs

Visit campus and program websites to research admission requirements, processes and important deadlines. At four-year colleges, the college application process typically includes an application, gathering letters of recommendation and writing essays. Application requirements for community colleges, vocational training or certificate programs vary depending on the program.

Make a Decision on which School or Program

Making the final decision of where to attend may include college or program visits, college comparison, financial aid comparison and more.

Pay for College

Find out here about many financial aid opportunities and strategies to help reduce out-of-pocket costs for education. Financial aid includes grants, scholarships, work-study and student loans. OSAC administers a variety of state, federal and privately funded student financial aid programs for the benefit of Oregonians, awarding more than $118 million in grants and scholarship every year.

Transfer Successfully

If you are considering a transfer from a community college to a four-year public institution, there are numerous tools to help streamline the process. ​​