High School Counselors

Do you work with students who are interested in going to college? The resources below can assist you in helping your students navigate the process of preparing and planning for career or college.

Career and College Calendar and Checklists

ASPIRE Student Mentoring

ASPIRE is Oregon's official one-on-one mentoring program to help students access education and training beyond high school. Visit the ASPIRE Toolkit to learn about college options, applications, and financial aid.

Become an ASPIRE Site

Financial Aid Resources and More

Oregon Financial Aid Opportunities:

In addition to federal financial aid opportunities and programs specific to each institution, Oregon residents, regardless of age, may be eligible for the following state financial aid programs, as long as they meet all other program requirements:

File your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Financial Aid for Undocumented/DACA Students: The Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) is the state's alternative to the FAFSA. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), other undocumented students, and students without a social security number are not eligible for federal aid such as the Pell Grant and federally subsidized loans. However, they may be considered for state funding. To collect financial need information, Oregon has created the ORSAA. Completing this application allows a student to be eligible for the Oregon Opportunity Grant, the Oregon Promise Grant, and many OSAC Scholarships.

Oregon Opportunity Grant – Oregon’s largest state-funded, need-based grant program that prioritizes the lowest-income Oregon students of all ages who attend eligible public and private Oregon colleges and universities. 

Oregon Promise Grant – Oregon’s state grant program that provides recent high school graduates and GED® test graduates grants that can be applied toward tuition at Oregon community colleges.

Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance – Provides funds for tuition at Oregon community colleges and public universities for current eligible service members of the Oregon National Guard and the Oregon Air National Guard.

Student Child Care Grant – Assists parents who are enrolled in postsecondary education in obtaining safe, dependable childcare while allowing completion of the parent’s academic programs.

OSAC Scholarships – more than 600 privately funded scholarships are available to Oregon students, to which you can apply through a central application portal.

For additional Oregon grant and scholarship programs, please visit this link.

If you have already completed an associate’s degree, certificate, or some college, here are tools for transfer students

For information on how to build upon your current skills, including GED® resources, apprenticeships and training opportunities, career pathways, veteran resources, dislocated worker programs, workforce needs and more, please visit the Higher Education Coordinating Commission’s “build skills and training” webpage.

For additional resources on workforce, visit: 

WorkSource Oregon

Local Workforce Development Boards

Eligible Training Provider List

 

OSAC Partner Portal and Other Information

Oregon High Schools and participating Community-based organizations use the OSAC Partner Portal to transmit high school transcript information, report ASPIRE information, submit and review FAFSA Plus+ data. Scholarship and grant donors can access their information regarding their scholarships and applicant lists. College financial aid staff and partners who distribute and assist with Oregon Promise, Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance, and other grants, can view their award lists and student information here.

Standard Student Budget 2020-21

Policies

 

FAFSA Plus+

The FAFSA Plus+ program provides student-level FAFSA data to participating schools and organizations. This allows site staff to provide targeted assistance to their students who need to complete their FAFSA, make corrections, or go through the verification process.