Eligibility & Awarding Details

Eligibility Details

Enrollment Status

Students must be enrolled at least half time during a term or semester to receive Oregon Opportunity Grant funds. Students enrolled less than half time during a term will not receive Oregon Opportunity Grant funds for that term. 

Reapply Annually

Students must submit a new FAFSA or ORSAA for each academic year they plan to attend a college or university. The best chances of receiving the grant is if students submit the new FAFSA or ORSAA as soon as possible after October 1 each year.

NOTE: Simply submitting a FAFSA or ORSAA does NOT guarantee an applicant will receive an award. OSAC authorizes Opportunity Grant awards only for eligible applicants who have an error-free FAFSA or ORSAA. Students who have errors on their FAFSA or ORSAA should correct those errors as soon as possible to ensure they remain eligible for the grant. 

Resident of Oregon
For the Oregon Opportunity Grant, residency is established by a student (in the case of independent students) or the student's parent (in the case of dependent students) having been in continuous residency in Oregon for the 12 months preceding enrollment. Full definition of resident for Oregon Opportunity Grant eligibility. 

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.

2022-23 Award Information

Award Amount

Awards amounts for 2022-23 are based on a student’s EFC and the institution they attend. To receive the full award amount, students must be enrolled full-time, full-year (i.e. 12 credits or more each term, for all three quarters or two semesters) at an eligible Oregon-based postsecondary institution. 

For full-time, full-year enrollment:

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

Community College Award Amount

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EFC Limit: The current EFC limit for the 2022-23 academic year is 8,000. 

Cut-Off Date: The current FAFSA/ORSAA submit date for the 2022-23 academic year is June 30, 2022.


2021-22 Award Information

Award Amount

Maximum awards for 2021-22 are $2,778 for students attending a community college and $3,612 for students attending a public university or Oregon-based private nonprofit 4-year college or university. To receive the maximum award amount for 2021-22, students must be enrolled full-time, full-year at an eligible Oregon-based postsecondary institution. 

EFC Limit: The EFC limit for the 2021-22 academic year is 6,000.

Cut-Off Date: The FAFSA/ORSAA submit date for the 2021-22 academic year is November 30, 2021.


Award Priorities

Opportunity Grant funds are awarded first to students with the greatest financial need. OSAC uses the federally calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to determine financial need and awards grants based on students' EFCs, starting with EFCs of 0. OSAC will increase the EFC limit and continue to make awards until funds are exhausted. Because available funds may vary year to year, OSAC cannot forecast what the maximum EFC limit will be or when funds will be exhausted.

NOTE: Even if you received the Oregon Opportunity Grant in prior years and filed your FAFSA early, you may not receive a grant if you have a relatively high EFC.

Funds to Students

Once students are awarded, OSAC notifies the college financial aid office. OSAC sends the Oregon Opportunity Grant award to the college near the start of each academic term (quarter or semester).  If students enroll at least half time and complete all requirements with their college, the college will put the money in their campus account near the start of the term.

Award Calculation

OSAC awards Oregon Opportunity Grants according to a formula that includes the following:

  • Average cost of attendance at an Oregon community college or Oregon public university
  • Family share (Expected Family Contribution, or EFC)
  • Federal share (Federal Pell Grants and/or assumed higher education tax credits)