OSAC Sends Early Notification of Oregon Opportunity Grant Awards for the 2012-13 Academic Year

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February 29, 2012

Eugene, OR – For the first time, the Oregon Student Access Commission (OSAC) has sent early notifications to eligible students of their Oregon Opportunity Grant award amount for the 2012-13 academic year.

According to OSAC Executive Director Josette Green, "Unlike past years, we are pleased to be able to inform eligible students of their Opportunity Grant award amount, and to do so earlier than ever before. For the 2012-13 academic year, these students will receive $1,950. In the past, many students didn't learn of their specific award amount until receiving their college financial aid letter in May or thereafter. This early notification will aid the student's decision-making process for funding his or her college expenses. This year, Oregon postsecondary institutions were notified of Opportunity Grant awards on February 17 and all eligible students were notified by February 22."

The Oregon Opportunity Grant is the state's need-based grant to assist students attending a postsecondary institution in Oregon. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines eligibility for the grant.

OSAC contacted 51,092 eligible students, representing $54 million in grant awards. Oregon community colleges, public universities, and private nonprofit 4-year universities will include the Opportunity Grant information as they develop financial aid packages for those students who have applied for admission or who are currently enrolled at each institution.

"To increase the chance of receiving additional financial aid dollars, we also encourage students to apply from among more than 400 OSAC scholarships administered by OSAC," Green said. "These awards will be announced this spring and early summer. All students planning to attend college for the 2012-13 academic year can apply for OSAC scholarships using one easy application by visiting the OSAC website at www.OregonStudentAid.gov. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m., March 1, 2012."