Oregon Opportunity Grant

The Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG) is Oregon's largest state-funded, need-based grant program for college students. Approximately 40,000 students receive Opportunity Grants each year. View program statistics.

Award Amounts for 2021-22

For full-time, full-year enrollment: 

Community College


4-Year College or University


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To Apply: Submit the FAFSA or ORSAA as soon as possible after October 1 each year.

Who has been awarded for 2021-22?

Last Updated December 2021

FAFSA/ORSAA Cut-Off Date   November 30, 2021
EFC Limit  6,000

Eligible students who have submitted a 2021-22 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.

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.

What is the Oregon Opportunity Grant? (video)

How do I apply?

Submit the FAFSA or ORSAA

  1. Submit the FAFSA or ORSAA as soon as possible after October 1 each year.
  2. Watch for emails from the U.S. Department of Education and/or OSAC. Correct any FAFSA or ORSAA errors immediately.

When do I apply?

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 authorizes 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 apply as soon as possible to have the best chance to receive funding. 

To apply for the 2022-23 academic year, submit your 2022-23 FAFSA or ORSAA as soon as possible after October 1, 2021.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for Oregon Opportunity Grant, you must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Oregon resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Undergraduate student with no prior baccalaureate degrees.
  • Be enrolled at least half time (i.e., at least 6 credit-hours) at a participating Oregon-based postsecondary institution
  • Have financial need, based on the difference between cost of attendance, federal aid, and financial resources of the student and the student's family, if applicable.
  • Have no defaults on federal student loans and owe no refunds on federal student grants.
  • Complete any other requirements or requests from your college.

Note: If you are a first-time student, be sure you complete the application process for admission to at least one Oregon public or private nonprofit college/university and apply for financial aid. Any changes to the FAFSA or ORSAA may affect your Oregon Opportunity Grant eligibility.

Oregon Opportunity Grants are available to qualified students for up to four years (12 quarters or 8 semesters) of full-time enrollment.

Learn more about the eligibility details for OOG.

How do I know if I've been awarded?

Check your email - OSAC notifies students via email if they have been awarded an Oregon Opportunity Grant, starting in mid-April. 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. 

How much money will I receive?

Oregon Opportunity Grants are awarded first to students with the greatest financial need, based on their Expected Family Contribution. Award amounts are subject to change each year.

For 2021-22, the maximum award amount is $2,778 at an Oregon community college and $3,612 at an Oregon public university or an Oregon-based private nonprofit 4-year college or university. Students must be enrolled full-time, full-year (i.e., 12 credits or more per each term) to receive a maximum award. 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.   

Will my OOG award be renewed for a second year?

If you are a first-time OOG recipient this year, you may be eligible for a guaranteed renewal of the grant for next year.  To maintain your eligibility for a second year, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • File your FAFSA or ORSAA for the next school year by May 1. 
  • Continue to meet all eligibility criteria for both this year and next year.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements, as determined by your college.
  • Maintain at least half-time enrollment (6 or more credits) every term during the current academic year – i.e., be enrolled fall and spring semesters or fall, winter, and spring quarters.

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.

What's the College Opportunity Tax Credit?

Individuals and businesses with an Oregon income tax liability may bid on certificates and claim the credits on annual tax returns. Oregon residents may receive a state tax credit that can be used for up to three years on their personal income taxes. For more information, see the Tax Credit Auction page.


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