Oregon Opportunity Grant

The Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG) is Oregon's largest state-funded, need-based grant program for college students. This grant provides funding to more than 40,000 Oregon resident students each year. 

OOG is awarded to low-income Oregon residents who are pursuing their first associates or bachelor’s degree at an eligible institution. Award amounts are based on a student’s financial need, the type of institution the student attends, and FAFSA/ORSAA submission date.




OOG Awards for 2022-23

Eligible students who have submitted their FAFSA/ORSAA by June 30, 2022, and have an EFC of 8,000 or less have been awarded the Oregon Opportunity Grant. 

For 2022-23, the OOG award amount is based on the student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), the school they attend, and how many credits they enroll each term.

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

4-Year Institution Award Amount

0

$3,600

$4,692

1-2,000

$3,300

$4,512

2,001-4,000

$3,000

$3,876

4,001-6,000

$2,778

$3,612

6,001-8,000

$1,500

$2,352

 

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


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Who is eligible?

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

Note: If you are a first-time student, be sure you complete the application process for admission to at least one eligible Oregon public or private nonprofit college/university and submit a FAFSA/ORSAA

Any updates or changes made to your FAFSA/ORSAA may affect your Oregon Opportunity Grant eligibility and/or award amount.

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 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 submit their FAFSA or ORSAA 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.

Who has been awarded for 2022-23?

Last Updated July 2022

FAFSA/ORSAA Cut-Off Date   June 30, 2022
EFC Limit  8,000


Eligible students who have submitted a 2022-23 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. 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 judgement. 

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 2022-23, the award amount is based on the student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), the school they attend, and how many credits they enroll each term. 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). 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.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Community College Award Amount 4- Year Institutions Award Amount
0 3,600 4,692
1-2,000 3,300 4,512
2,001-4,000 3,000 3,876
4,001-6,000 2,778 3,612
6,001-8,000 1,500 2,352


Any updates or changes made to your FAFSA/ORSAA may affect your Oregon Opportunity Grant eligibility and/or award amount.

What is my Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?

Your EFC is a number that is calculated according to financial and other information that your family submits on the FAFSA or ORSAA. Oregon residents who submit the FAFSA or ORSAA are automatically reviewed for OOG eligibility. Once you complete the FAFSA or ORSAA, you can find your EFC in your account:

  • In your FAFSA account, find your EFC on the confirmation page. If you need help, contact Federal Student Aid online or call 1-800-433-3243.
  • In your ORSAA account, select the blue down-arrow icon to download the PDF of your ORSAA. Your EFC is listed on the last page of the PDF. If you need help, contact ORSAAHelp@hecc.oregon.gov or 1-800-452-8807.

Your EFC is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of financial aid you will receive. Learn more about the Expected Family Contribution calculation.

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. 

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.

Contact

Public Programs
(541) 687-7400 PublicPrograms@hecc.oregon.gov