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.

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

Who files the ORSAA? 
Oregon residents who are undocumented, or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

ORSAA Filers: Add ORSAAHelp@hecc.oregon.gov to your email contacts so that important messages do not go to Spam/Junk. 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)®

The FAFSA opens on October 1 each year. Students should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible each year in order to access more financial aid opportunities.



  • Create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). Each student and parent* must create an FSA ID to securely log in and sign the FAFSA online. Learn how to create an FSA ID
    *Parents of dependent students only must create an FSA ID.
  • Watch for emails from the US Department of Education. Within 3 days after filing, students will receive emails with information about the status of their FAFSA and the Student Aid Report (SAR). After 5 days, check the FAFSA website to confirm the FAFSA was submitted correctly.
  • Fix FAFSA errors right away! If the SAR shows errors or 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.


FAFSA Resources & Support

Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA)

The ORSAA opens on or after October 1 each year. Undocumented students should complete the ORSAA as soon as possible after October 1 each year, in order to access more financial aid opportunities.

The 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). Eligible undocumented and DACA students in Oregon can get help to pay for college. Learn more about Financial Aid for Undocumented and DACA Students.

Do NOT complete the ORSAA if you are a U.S. citizen, a legal noncitizen with an Alien Registration number, or 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.

After you file the ORSAA, be sure to contact the financial aid office at your college to find out how to apply for campus-based financial aid. Add ORSAAHelp@hecc.oregon.gov to your email contacts so that important messages do not go to Spam/Junk.


ORSAA Support

  • If you are unsure whether to complete the FAFSA or ORSAA, take the ORSAA quiz.
  • If you have questions about the ORSAA, contact (800) 452-8807 or ORSAAHelp@hecc.oregon.gov.


ORSAA Resources


Security & Use of ORSAA Data

The ORSAA is an Oregon-developed application for students who are not eligible to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. 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.

ORSAA Tip Sheets & Videos

ORSAA Tip Sheets (English) (Español)
This 3-page PDF will guide you through the ORSAA process and how to apply for other financial aid in Oregon.

5 Tips to Complete the ORSAA - Videos



Why Complete the FAFSA or 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 OSAC scholarships. Many colleges and universities also use the FAFSA (or the ORSAA, in Oregon) to determine eligibility for aid opportunities at the college.

High Schools: Join the FAFSA/ORSAA Challenge!

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 schoolReview the data here.