I've Been Awarded Oregon Promise - Now What?

What is the renewal process for current Oregon Promise recipients?

Oregon Promise recipients must file a FAFSA or ORSAA each year of college by JUNE 1. You must list your Oregon community college on the FAFSA or ORSAA. No additional application is required. 

If your FAFSA is selected for verification, you must complete this process through your college financial aid office promptly, or your award may be cancelled. Contact your college financial aid office with questions.

You must comply with any other requirements or requests from the community college, related to the award. See all renewal eligibility requirements below under How do I remain eligible for Oregon Promise?

How do I remain eligible for Oregon Promise?

  • Complete First-Year Experience as directed by the community college, during your first three terms of college. First-Year Experience varies depending on the college. If you have questions, contact your college financial aid office.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, as determined by your community college.
  • Maintain at least half-time continuous enrollment (i.e. 6 or more credits) during fall, winter and spring terms.
  • Have attempted or completed no more than 90 college credits.
  • Attend college - and receive Oregon Promise funds - during fall term each renewal year to retain the award.
  • Complete any other requirements or requests from your community college.
  • File the FAFSA or ORSAA each year of college by JUNE 1. 

How will I receive my award? How much will I receive?

Prior to the beginning of the term, OSAC will send funds directly to the Oregon community college where you are enrolled. Your college will apply the funds to your campus account.

Awards range from $1,000 to $3,687 per year (in 2018-19) for full-time students, minus a $50 co-pay per term. Your Oregon Promise award amount depends on several factors. Watch this video to learn more!

What if I transfer to a different community college?

You can transfer and use your Oregon Promise award at another community college in Oregon. When you are preparing to transfer, update your current FAFSA or ORSAA as soon as possible, to list the new community college. You should also contact your new community college financial aid office to ensure that they have your Oregon Promise award information.

What if I'm dual enrolled at two colleges or universities?

You can be dual enrolled or in a Degree Partnership Program (DPP) and receive Oregon Promise. Please work closely with both colleges to ensure that you meet the following requirements:

  • Establish a dual enrollment agreement between the two schools
  • Have the community college listed as your home college for financial aid purposes
  • Attempt at least 6 credits at the community college each term

Oregon Promise will only pay for the credits you take at an Oregon community college. However, credits completed at both colleges will count toward the 90 credit limit allowed by Oregon Promise.

If you are dual enrolled between multiple community colleges in Oregon, make sure that a dual enrollment agreement is in place. You can receive Oregon Promise funds to cover credits taken at both community colleges. Contact OSAC for more assistance.

Which courses or programs are eligible for Oregon Promise?

To receive Oregon Promise funds, you must be enrolled in courses at an Oregon community college that are part of one of the following:

a) An associate degree; or
b) A program in career and technical education (CTE); or
c) A one-year curriculum for students who plan to transfer to another post-secondary institution of education.

These courses must have tuition charges (rather than fee-only), since Oregon Promise helps to pay fo tuition costs. If you are authorized for Oregon Promise but do not enroll in eligible courses or an eligible program, then your grant may be cancelled.

Talk to your college financial aid office to confirm whether or not your courses are compatible with Oregon Promise.