Oregon Promise

Oregon Promise Updates — As of 8/15/17

Oregon Promise Webinars

Check out OSAC's upcoming Oregon Promise webinars. Three different webinars will cover various topics and information about the grant.

Temporary Administrative Rule

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission has established a Temporary Administrative Rule, which clarifies the process for determining eligibility based on Expected Family Contribution. View the rule language here.

Legislative Update

New information is available about Oregon Promise funding and changes for 2017-19. Learn more at: Oregon Promise FAQs.

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Legislative Update

The State has invested a total of $40 million in the Oregon Promise Grant for 2017-19. The $40M investment allows Oregon to extend grants for 2016-17 awardees and add grants for eligible new students who will enter community college in the next two years. This will help to cover the cost of providing the grant to eligible Oregon students, but the funding falls approximately $8 million short of the projected cost to fully fund Oregon Promise in 2017-19.

Learn more about the changes at: Oregon Promise FAQsThe HECC has also issued a press release.

What is Oregon Promise?

Oregon Promise is a state grant that helps to cover most tuition costs at any Oregon community college for recent high school graduates and GED® recipients. Oregon Promise award amounts for 2017-18 are currently available in the OSAC Student Portal.

Who is eligible?

You must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Complete an Oregon Promise Grant Application by the appropriate deadline
  • Be a recent Oregon high school graduate or GED recipient
  • Document a 2.5 cumulative high school GPA or higher; or a GED score of 145 or higher on each test
  • Plan to attend at least half-time at an Oregon community college within 6 months of high school graduation or GED completion
  • Be an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to attendance
  • File a FAFSA or ORSAA application and list at least one Oregon community college
  • Must not have more than 90 college credits completed or attempted
  • Beginning with Fall 2017 applicants, students may be subject to eligibility criteria based on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC limit for 2017-18 applicants is $18,000. New applicants who are above the EFC limit will not be eligible for an award. The EFC criteria is subject to change.

When can I apply?

Oregon Promise has rolling deadlines that depend on when the student graduates. The application deadline for students who graduated from high school in spring 2017 and plan to attend community college in fall 2017 was July 3, 2017. The deadline for Fall 2017 applicants to file the FAFSA or ORSAA was July 14, 2017.

For students who are graduating after July 1, 2017: Updated program deadlines will be available by September 2017. Check back for more details at that time.

How do I apply?

  1. Create an account in the OSAC Student Portal
  2. Complete Oregon Promise Application in OSAC Student Portal by the deadline (see above).
  3. Verify your GPA or GED score. Follow instructions in OSAC Student Portal.
  4. Complete the FAFSA or ORSAA, starting October 1. List at least one Oregon community college.

How much money will I receive?

For full-time students, awards range from $1,000 to $3,397 per year (in 2016-17), minus a $50 co-pay per term. Your Oregon Promise award amount depends on several factors.

How will I be notified if I'm awarded?

You should frequently check your award status in the OSAC Student Portal. OSAC will also notify you by email once you have been awarded.

I am a current Oregon Promise recipient - how do I renew my award and remain eligible?

See all details on the information for recipients page.

Additional Resources for Oregon Promise Applicants

Western Oregon University (WOU) has created a new scholarship for students who applied for the Oregon Promise, but were not awarded in 2017-18 due to the Expect Family Contribution limit.  Interested students can contact the WOU Financial Aid Office (1-877-877-1593) for a chance to receive an award of $1,000 for the 2017-18 academic year.  For more information, visit WOU Jump-Start


Learn More

Read the Oregon Promise FAQs for more details.

Contact Us

Email info@oregonpromise.org or join the Listserv.

Download Materials

Download the Oregon Promise Handout 2016-17: English | Spanish