Plan & Pay for College

Counselor and Advisor Resources

Counselors and academic advisors are key partners in helping students reach their academic goals. The HECC Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) offers counselor resources and support so they can best serve Oregon students; other HECC offices lead and coordinate policy work to promote successful student pathways from high school to college.

In addition to the resources below, please see Student and Family Resources and Career and Training Resources for helpful programs, tips and links.

  • Outreach, Publications, and Webinars on OSAC Financial aid Opportunities: The Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) offers webinars, publications, and outreach opportunities to help Oregon students, counselors, and educators better understand financial aid options. To view the outreach opportunities and resources, visit the OSAC Outreach and Resources Page.  If you are interested in these topics but the dates do not work for your schedule, you can access the recorded webinars on the OSAC YouTube Channel. ​
  • Communicating to Students and Families on Financial Aid: To communicate with students and families about OSAC financial aid opportunities, please consider using the following image and language:
    • OregonStudentAid.gov is the place to find money for college, awarding students more than $102 million in grants and scholarships each year. Funding includes, but is not limited to, the Oregon Opportunity Grant, the Oregon Promise Grant, Scholarships, and specific grants for foster care youth, students caring for dependents, Oregon National Guard members, and resources available to Oregon residents who are undocumented or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.
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  • FAFSA Plus+ high school initiative​: The FAFSA Plus+ program aims to increase FAFSA completion rates by providing schools with the data and resources needed to target outreach efforts and support students in this process. Over 250 high schools, Tribes, and community-based organizations are accessing the student-level FAFSA data and providing targeted FAFSA assistance, and OSAC is accepting applications for additional programs.  
  • ASPIRE: The ASPIRE program provides information and support to assist students from middle school through community college get on track for postsecondary education success. OSAC provides participating schools and community-based organizations with volunteer recruitment and training materials, and the expert assistance to build a community-based mentoring program. OSAC is accepting applications for additional ASPIRE sites.
  • Supporting Transfer Student Pathways​: Thousands of students transfer to and between Oregon colleges and universities each year, and the HECC works with the institutions to help those transitions go as smoothly as possible​. Learn more about the Oregon Transfer Compass, the Core Transfer Maps and more here. To learn about the policy work behind these tools, see Streamlining Transfer here.​​
  • High school to college academic pathways and initiativesHECC works with K-12 and higher education partners to align expectations of what it means to be “college ready.” This includes facilitating agreements related to the use of assessments for course placement once students arrive in college, and working with schools to align opportunities to for students to earn college credit while in high school (including dual credit, AP, IB).
  • College and Career Readiness Collaborative (C3): HECC participates in C3, a cross-sector action group working to mobilize counselors, administrators, college advisors, financial aid officers, and mentors across the state to provide every student with viable and affordable pathways to adult success.  ​​​​