OSAC Scholarship Application Season is Underway

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November 5, 2013

Nearly $70 million awarded each year to help students pay for college

Eugene, OR – The Oregon Student Access Commission (OSAC) scholarship season is now underway. Students planning to attend college next fall are encouraged to apply online at OregonStudentAid.gov

OSAC provides students with one online application to select from among more than 450 scholarship opportunities administered by the agency. "Using OSAC’s online application to apply for numerous scholarships is not only easy, but also increases the student’s chances of receiving more than one scholarship to help cover education expenses," says Bob Brew, OSAC’s Interim Executive Director.

According to Brew, Oregon students are also encouraged to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning January 1. The FAFSA determines eligibility for federal and state financial aid, including the Oregon Opportunity Grant, the state’s largest need-based student aid program. "Because funding for the Oregon Opportunity Grant is limited, students should submit their FAFSA well before the priority deadline of February 1," Brew said. "The FAFSA is also used for many OSAC scholarships that consider financial need," Brew added.

OSAC administers private scholarship programs that cover a range of student needs and characteristics such as high school attended, residency, college major, career and special interests, single parents, and students who are first-generation attending college, college transfers, or have special needs. Funding for these scholarships come from individuals, employers, membership organizations, professional associations, and foundations such as The Oregon Community Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation, and are not limited to merit or financial need. "Our private donors partner with OSAC to award deserving Oregon students and families in their quest to access postsecondary education and a better future," Brew said.

To search for and apply for scholarships, students can visit OSAC’s website at OregonStudentAid.gov. Click on the scholarship link to access the application and search for scholarships to add to the application.

Deadline to submit the OSAC online scholarship application is March 1, 2014. Students who submit an application by February 15, 2014, may be eligible to compete in a drawing for a $500 OSAC scholarship.

For the 2013-14 academic year, privately funded scholarships administered by OSAC awarded more than $16 million that went to more than 3,000 Oregon recipients. Combined with state need-based grants and other public grants administered by OSAC, more than $70 million in scholarships and grants helped more than 32,000 Oregon students finance their educational needs.

Students wishing to keep apprised of scholarship and grants opportunities, application tips, and deadlines, can follow OSAC on Facebook.com/OSACscholarships or Twitter at Twitter.com/OSAC. For details, visit www.OregonStudentAid.gov or contact OSAC at 800-452-8807.