FAFSA and ORSAA

File the FAFSA File the ORSAA

The 2020-21 FAFSA and ORSAA are both open as of 10/1/19.

To be eligible for most types of financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA). These applications compile financial information and other details about students and families, which the US Department of Education and the State of Oregon use to determine financial need and eligibility for various financial aid opportunities.


Who files the FAFSA? 
United States citizens and eligible noncitizens.

Who files the ORSAA? 
Oregon residents who have undocumented status, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, and/or Temporary Protected Status (TPS). ORSAA Filers: Add ORSAAHelp@hecc.oregon.gov to your email contacts so that important messages do not go to your Spam/Junk folder.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)®

The FAFSA opens on October 1 each year. Students should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after the application opens each year. Applying early ensures that students can access the most financial aid opportunities available to them.

Filing Tips

  • Create an FSA ID. Each student and parent (if the student is a dependent) must create a Federal Student Aid Idenfitication (FSA ID) to securely log in and sign the FAFSA online. You can prepare for the FAFSA by creating your FSA ID before your application season opens.
  • Watch for emails from the US Department of Education. Within three days after completing the FAFSA, students will receive emails about the status of their FAFSA and Student Aid Report (SAR). After five days, log in to your FAFSA account to confirm that your application was submitted correctly.
  • Fix FAFSA errors right away. If the SAR shows errors or any FAFSA information that needs to be corrected, resolve those errors right away. The most common errors are missing signatures and conflicts between a student's name and social security number. Students with FAFSA errors are typically not considered eligible for financial aid until errors have been resolved. You can get help from your college’s financial aid office.
  • Use FAFSA resources when you have questions. Use the FAFSA Help Center to find answers to frequently asked questions and contact their team with specific questions. Their YouTube channel also has videos to help you through the filing process. You can also reach out to your college's financial aid office for assistance.

Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA)

The ORSAA opens on (or after) October 1 each year. Eligible students should complete the ORSAA as soon as possible after the application opens each year. Applying early ensures that students can access the most financial aid opportunities available to them.

Add ORSAAHelp@hecc.oregon.gov to your email contacts to make sure that important messages don't go to your Spam/Junk folder.

ABOUT: The Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) is an alternative to the FAFSA for undocumented Oregon students, including students who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status or Temporary Protected Status (TPS). By filing the ORSAA, eligible undocumented and DACA students in Oregon can get help paying for college through grants, scholarships, and tuition reduction. After you file the ORSAA, be sure to contact the financial aid office at your college to find out how to apply for the school's additional financial aid opportunities. 

Do NOT complete the ORSAA if you are (1) a U.S. citizen, (2) a legal noncitizen with an Alien Registration number, or (3) an international student who is in the United States with a valid visa. You are not eligible to receive Oregon Opportunity Grants or Oregon Promise grants if you are an international student attending school in Oregon under one of the following visas: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, TN, TD, U, V, TROV, or NATO.

ORSAA Help & Resources

If you are unsure whether to complete the FAFSA or ORSAA, take the ORSAA quiz.

Application Help

  • ORSAA Tip Sheets (English) (Español): This PDF will guide you through the ORSAA process and outline how to apply for other financial aid in Oregon.
  • Guide to the ORSAA (English only): This guide breaksdown the application sections and purpose.
  • 5 Tips for Completing the ORSAA (English Español): A video of tips for students and families as they start the ORSAA. A full playlist of videos for ORSAA filers is available here.
  • ORSAA Demonstration Video (English l Español): A walkthrough of the application from OSAC staff.
  • If you have ORSAA-related questions, contact ORSAAHelp@hecc.oregon.gov or (800) 452-8807.

Financial Aid Info for ORSAA Filers

Information for students and families on Financial Aid for Undocumented and DACA Students.
Memo for education personnel on the State Financial Aid Application for Oregon Undocumented Students.

Data Privacy & Security

The ORSAA is an Oregon-developed application for students who are not eligible to complete the FAFSA. It is a confidential application that is used solely by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) to qualify students for financial aid in Oregon. It is not used for federal financial aid purposes. Information that is shared with the HECC via the ORSAA is used only by the HECC and partner colleges, universities, and foundations in order to administer grants and scholarships. The HECC does not share data with any other agency, state or federal. The HECC will do everything within its authority and jurisdiction to protect the ongoing confidentiality of the ORSAA information.

Why Complete the FAFSA/ORSAA?

The FAFSA is the required application for all federal financial aid opportunities, including the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans, and Federal Work-Study. A completed FAFSA or ORSAA is required for the Oregon Opportunity Grant, the Oregon Promise Grant, and many need-based OSAC scholarships. Many colleges and universities also use the FAFSA/ORSAA to determine eligibility for financial aid opportunities at the college.

High Schools: Join the FAFSA/ORSAA Challenge!

Attention, Oregon high schools! Set a goal to increase your school’s FAFSA/ORSAA completion rates by at least 5% and host completion events to help students and families fill out financial aid forms. The Challenge is a collaborative effort brought to you by OSAC and partner agencies across Oregon. Learn more and register your school.

Want to find out the FAFSA/ORSAA completion rate for seniors at your high schoolSee the data.