I've Been Awarded Oregon Promise - Now What?

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How is my award amount calculated?

Award size is determined by these factors:

  1. Federal Pell Grant and Oregon Opportunity award amounts - Oregon Promise pays remaining tuition amount (up to 12 credits per term) after all need-based federal and state grants have been applied.
  2. Number of credits taken - Oregon Promise is prorated based on standard enrollment ranges. Student must attend at least half time (6 to 8 credits) to be awarded. Those who attend 9 to 11 credits are considered 3/4-time, while those who attend for 12 or more credits are considered full time. Note: Oregon Promise covers up to 12 credits (per term). Students are financially responsible for any additional credits past 12 (per term).
  3. Tuition of Oregon Community College - Oregon Promise will cover up to the average tuition charged by Oregon community colleges. Some community colleges have a higher or lower tuition cost than this average. If the tuition cost is above the average, the student is responsible for the difference. If the tuition cost is below this average, Oregon Promise pays up to that college’s tuition cost and not more.

How much money will I receive?

For full-time students, awards range from $1,000 to $3,397 per year, depending on your financial need and other state and federal grants that you have been awarded. The college will automatically deduct a $50 co-pay from the award each term.

When and how will I receive my award?

Prior to the beginning of the term, OSAC will send funds directly to the Oregon community college where you are enrolled. Your college will apply the funds to your campus account, minus the $50 per term co-pay from the award each term.

How do I remain eligible for Oregon Promise?

  • Complete First-year Experience as directed by the community college. First-year Experience varies depending on the college. If you have questions, contact your college financial aid office.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, determined by your community college.
  • Maintain at least half-time continuous enrollment (i.e. 6 or more credits) during fall, winter and spring terms.
  • Verify your FAFSA information if selected by your college financial aid office. Contact your college financial aid office for questions about this process.
  • Have attempted or completed no more than 90 credits.

What is the renewal process for current Oregon Promise recipients?

Current Oregon Promise recipients must file a valid 2017-2018 FAFSA or ORSAA and list an Oregon community college to renew their award. No additional application is required.

However, please remember that your continued eligibility is dependent on the criteria above.

Continued funding for Oregon Promise is subject to Oregon Legislative approval. More information will be available by July 2017.

What kind of support is available for Oregon Promise recipients?

The Oregon Promise Student Supports program at OSAC provides assistance to Oregon Promise recipients across the state. Students receive information reminders via email and text, to help them stay on track with college and career goals, financial aid deadlines, and Oregon Promise requirements. Students may also be matched with an eMentor who provides additional support to students via email or text. To learn more, contact OPSupport@osac.state.or.us. Oregon Promise recipients can sign up to be matched with an eMentor at any time by completing this form.

You can also contact your community college to see what kind of support they provide for Oregon Promise recipients.

Resources

Learn More

Read the Oregon Promise FAQs for more details.

Download Materials

Download the Oregon Promise Handout 2016-17: English | Spanish