I've Been Awarded Oregon Promise - Now What?

Once you are authorized for an Oregon Promise award:

  • Complete all requirements with your college financial aid office, including FAFSA verification (if applicable)
  • Start community college as indicated in your Oregon Promise application at least halftime. Typically, students must start the next college term after high school graduation or GED completion (excluding summer)
  • Keep your email address up-to-date in your OSAC Student Portal account. OSAC sends out important email updates to students -- it is recommended to use a permanent email address in your OSAC Student Portal account
  • Follow up with the financial aid office at your community college on how/when your award will be put into your student account

For more information, read the Frequently Asked Questions.

If you're an educator or staff member working with current college students, check out our Current College Student Toolkit.

What is the renewal process for current Oregon Promise recipients?

Oregon Promise recipients must submit 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.
    • If you started receiving Oregon Promise Winter Term 2022 or later, you do not need to complete the First-Year Experience requirement.
  • 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 at an Oregon community college.
  • Be an Oregon resident.
  • Attempt or complete 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.
  • Submit 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 $2,000 to $4,128 per year (in 2022-23) for full-time students. Your Oregon Promise award amount depends on several factors.

If you have questions about how/when your award will be applied to your student account, please contact your college financial aid office.

Does Oregon Promise cover all community college costs?

No. Oregon Promise helps pay for community college tuition up to 12 credits per term after other need-based state and federal grant aid has been applied. However, there are other college costs of attendance that Oregon Promise does not cover, such as books, fees, and housing. 

What is the maximum number of credits that Oregon Promise pays for per term?

Oregon Promise covers up to 12 credits per term (fall, winter, spring) up to a maximum total of 90 credits attempted. Students are responsible for paying for any additional credits above 12.

Can part-time college students participate in Oregon Promise?

Yes. To receive the grant, you must attend an Oregon community college at least half-time (6 credits or more per term). See prorated award amount details for part-time enrollment.

What if I take less than 6 credits or skip a term?

If you take less than 6 credits or skip your first Oregon Promise term (typically fall term), then your Oregon Promise is automatically cancelled and you cannot reapply.

You must take 6 or more credits each term (fall, winter, spring) in order to receive the grant during the following year. OSAC can only make exceptions due to emergency circumstances, military training, active duty, etc. Contact your college financial aid office prior to or immediately after stopping classes for more details.

If you attend fall term and receive the grant, then you can take less than 6 credits or skip winter term and still receive funds in spring term (if you take 6 credits). However, you would not be eligible for a renewal grant in future academic years, since you were not continuously enrolled.

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 year FAFSA or ORSAA as soon as possible, to list the new community college. You must also contact your new community college financial aid office immediately to make sure 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 schools 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 may be able to receive Oregon Promise funds to cover credits taken at both community colleges. Contact OSAC or your financial aid office for assistance.

If you are dual enrolled, please contact your community college financial aid office.

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 for tuition costs. If you are authorized for Oregon Promise but do not enroll in eligible courses or an eligible program, then your grant will be cancelled.

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