Eligibility & Awarding Details
OSAC awards Oregon Opportunity Grants according to a formula that includes the following:
- Average cost of attendance at an Oregon community college or Oregon public university
- Student share (currently, $6,000 at a community college; $9,000 at a public or private nonprofit 4-year institution)
- Family share (Expected Family Contribution, or EFC)
- Federal share (Federal Pell Grants and/or assumed higher education tax credits)
Student/family adjusted gross income of $70,000. Only students with student/family incomes at or below the limit are considered for the grant.
Students must be enrolled at least half time fall term to receive an OOG award. Students who are awarded a grant but delay enrollment until winter or spring may lose their eligibility for the year. Awards for students who are enrolled half time in fall term may be limited to half-time amounts for all subsequent terms during the academic year.
Students must submit a new FAFSA (or ORSAA) for each academic year they plan to attend college or a postsecondary school.
NOTE: Simply submitting a FAFSA (or ORSAA) does NOT guarantee an applicant will receive an award. OSAC makes awards only to eligible applicants who have an error-free FAFSA (or ORSAA).
Students may receive an Opportunity Grant for up to four years (12 quarters or 8 semesters) of full-time enrollment, provided they maintain satisfactory academic progress, continue to meet eligibility and award requirements, and file a new FAFSA (or ORSAA) each year. Awards are prorated for half-time enrollment. Students enrolled in courses of study leading to degrees in theology, divinity, or religious education are not eligible.
2016-2017 Award Information
New this Year
Effective for the 2016-17 academic year, OOG funds are awarded first to students with the greatest financial need. OSAC uses the federally calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to determine financial need and awards grants based on students' EFCs, starting with EFCs of $0. OSAC will continue to make awards until funds are exhausted. Since this is a new awarding process, OSAC is not yet able to determine what the maximum EFC limit will be for awards or when funds will be exhausted.
NOTE: Even if you received the Oregon Opportunity Grant in prior years and filed your FAFSA early, you may not receive a grant if you have a relatively high EFC.
A fixed amount of $2,250 is available for full-time, full-year attendance at any eligible Oregon-based postsecondary institution. Students' financial need must be at or above $2,250 to be considered.
Funds to Students
OSAC releases a portion of the annual award to the student's school account at the start of each academic term (quarter or semester) and prorates awards for students enrolled at least half time.
2017-2018 Award Information
Detailed information will not be available until spring 2017. Check back on this page for updated information.
The Oregon Opportunity Grant is Oregon's largest state-funded need-based grant program for students planning to go to college. Opportunity Grants are funded primarily by Oregon taxpayers. For the 2015-17 biennium, Oregon's Legislative Assembly approved a budget of $140.9 million for Oregon Opportunity Grants, an increase of 23.6% over total funding for 2013-15. More than 39,000 students received OOG awards totaling $64 million in the 2015-16 academic year.