Last Updated November 2023
|FAFSA or ORSAA Cut-Off Date||August 31, 2023|
Eligible students who have submitted a 2023-24 FAFSA or ORSAA on or before the date above, with an EFC below the limit have been awarded the Oregon Opportunity Grant. If an updated FAFSA or ORSAA comes in that is ineligible, the award will be revoked. Students who are authorized for an award for the 2023-24 academic year will be sent an email from Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOGAward@hecc.oregon.gov). Awarding might continue for the next few months until funds are exhausted, and the cutoff date could be extended. Submit your 2023-24 FAFSA or ORSAA ASAP to be considered. Award is for Fall 2023 through Spring 2024.
NOTE: If you are selected for FAFSA verification, be sure to respond to your school’s requests for data and documents right away. Your school cannot award any financial aid until the verification process is complete.
Any updates or changes made to your FAFSA or ORSAA may affect your Oregon Opportunity Grant eligibility and/or award amount.
OOG awards cannot be based on EFC adjustments made from professional judgment.
1. Submit the FAFSA or ORSAA as soon as possible after the application opens on October 1 each year. No other application is required.
2. Watch for emails from the U.S. Department of Education and/or OSAC. Correct any FAFSA or ORSAA errors immediately.
3. If awarded, you will receive an email from OOGAward@hecc.oregon.gov.
4. Review your award email, and the FAQs on this page for next steps and more details.
Submit the FAFSA or ORSAA as soon as possible after October 1 each year in order to be considered for the grant during the following academic year. OSAC awards Opportunity Grant awards until funds are exhausted for the year. Funds are limited, so OSAC cannot forecast when funds will run out or set a firm application deadline. OSAC recommends that students submit their FAFSA or ORSAA as soon as possible to have the best chance to receive funding.
To apply for OOG for the 2023-24 academic year, submit your 2023-24 FAFSA or ORSAA now.
Here are the past FAFSA/ORSAA cutoff dates for the Oregon Opportunity Grant:
To be eligible for the Oregon Opportunity Grant, you must meet ALL of the following criteria:
Note: First time students should complete the application process for admission to at least one eligible Oregon public or private nonprofit college/university in addition to submitting a FAFSA or ORSAA.
Conditions of the Award
Oregon Opportunity Grants are available to qualified students for up to four years (12 quarters or 8 semesters) of full-time enrollment, provided they maintain satisfactory academic progress, continue to meet eligibility and award requirements, and file a new FAFSA or ORSAA each year. Awards are prorated for half-time enrollment. Students enrolled in courses of study leading to degrees in theology, divinity, or religious education are not eligible.
Check your email. OSAC will notify you via email (the one used to submit your FAFSA/ORSAA) starting in Spring (typically around April) if you have been awarded an Oregon Opportunity Grant. In addition, OSAC notifies all eligible Oregon colleges and universities listed on your FAFSA or ORSAA that you have an Oregon Opportunity Grant award. They will include this information in your Financial Aid Award Letter.
Oregon Opportunity Grants are awarded first to students with the greatest financial need, based on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Award amounts are subject to change each year. OSAC begins awarding in the spring and continues to make awards until funds are exhausted. Because available funds vary year to year, OSAC cannot forecast what the maximum EFC limit will be or when funds will be exhausted.
For 2023-24, the award amount is based on the student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), the type of school they attend, and how many credits they enroll each term (Fall, Winter, and Spring). The chart below is the maximum award amount for each EFC level and is based on full time and full-year enrollment (i.e. 12 credits or more each term, for all three quarters or two semesters).
|Expected Family Contribution (EFC)||Community College Award Amount||Community College BAS Program Award Amount||4- Year Institutions Award Amount|
The current EFC limit for the 2023-24 academic year is $8,000.
The current FAFSA or ORSAA submit date for the 2023-24 academic year is August 31, 2023.
A portion of the award is released to a student’s account each semester or quarter. Awards are pro-rated for part-time or part-year enrollment. Students must be enrolled at least half time during a quarter or semester to receive OOG funds for that term.
NOTE: Even if you received the Oregon Opportunity Grant in prior years and filed your FAFSA early, you may not receive a grant if your EFC is above the EFC limit for the year.
If you are a first-time OOG recipient this academic year, you may be eligible for a guaranteed renewal of the grant for next academic year. To maintain your eligibility for a second year, you must meet all of the following requirements:
Students who do not meet all eligibility criteria for the Guaranteed 2nd-year Renewal may still be considered for the grant, along with new and other continuing applicants, if you meet all the eligibility criteria for the next academic year.