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Updates — As of 12/29/16

The Oregon Promise application is now open. Applications for those who graduate high school or complete the GED starting July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 may apply (see chart for deadlines).

Renewal information for those who already applied and were awarded for 2016-17 will be available at the end of January 2017.

Funding for Oregon Promise for the 2017-18 academic year is subject to Oregon Legislative approval. More information will be available in spring 2017.

What is Oregon Promise?

Oregon Promise is a state grant program that covers some or all of the tuition at an Oregon community college. Oregon Promise is for recent Oregon high school graduates and GED recipients who enroll in an Oregon community college within six months of graduation.

Who is eligible?

You must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Complete an Oregon Promise Grant Application by the appropriate deadline
  • Be a recent Oregon high school graduate or GED recipient
  • Document a 2.5 cumulative high school GPA or higher; or a GED score of 145 or higher on each test
  • Enroll at least half-time at an Oregon community college within 6 months of high school graduation or GED completion
  • Be an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to enrolling in community college
  • Have filed a FAFSA or ORSAA application and listed at least one Oregon community college

When can I apply?

Term you plan to start at an Oregon community college Winter 2017
Spring 2017
Begins April 3, 2017
Fall 2017
Funding subject to legislative approval
Must graduate high school between the following dates July 1, 2016 to December 1, 2016 October 1, 2016 to March 1, 2017 March 1, 2017 to August 1, 2017
Deadline for Application December 1, 2016 March 6, 2017 July 1, 2017
April 1:
For early notification*
Deadline to verify your GPA** December 1, 2016 March 6, 2017 July 1, 2017
Deadline for FAFSA or ORSAA File the 2016-17 FAFSA
December 9, 2016
File the 2016-17 FAFSA
March 13, 2017
File the 2017-18 FAFSA
September 5, 2017

*Students who submit their application by April 1 will be notified of Oregon Promise award by May 1
**Verify GPA through section 5 of the Oregon Promise application

How do I apply?

  1. Create an account in the OSAC Student Portal
  2. Complete Oregon Promise Application in OSAC Student Portal by the deadline (see above).
  3. Verify your GPA or GED score. Follow instructions in OSAC Student Portal.
  4. Complete the FAFSA or ORSAA, starting October 1.
    • List at least one Oregon community college.
    • Determine if you should complete the ORSAA by using the ORSAA Pre-Filter.

How will I be notified if I'm awarded?

You should frequently check your award status in the OSAC Student Portal. OSAC will also notify you by email once you have been awarded.

Learn More

Read the Oregon Promise FAQs for more details.

I've Been Awarded Oregon Promise — Now What?

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?

  • You must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress each academic term, as determined by your community college.
  • You must be enrolled at least half-time for three terms each year.
  • You must have attempted fewer than 90 college credits.

More information regarding Oregon Promise renewals will be available on this page starting in January 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 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.

Oregon Promise History

The Oregon Promise Grant was created by the Oregon Legislature in 2015 with first awards being available during fall 2016. The Oregon Legislature appropriated $10 million for the first year of the program. The purpose of the Oregon Promise Grant is to encourage Oregon residents who are graduating high school students and recent GED graduates to immediately continue their education by providing funding to attend community college in Oregon.